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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tight Ends

Coby Fleener, Colts - Andrew Luck’s college tight end is still unowned in roughly half of Yahoo leagues. Although Fleener’s production was boosted by the halftime two-minute drill versus a Cover-2 defense, it’s worth noting that he was targeted 10 times to zero for fellow rookie Dwayne Allen.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Dennis Pitta, Ravens - Joe Flacco is spreading the wealth in the Ravens’ new up-tempo offense, but Pitta took a commanding targets lead with nine in the opener. Nicknamed “American Express” by Terrell Suggs because he’s “everywhere you want him to be,” Pitta became an integral part of the 2011 stretch-run game plan. Going back to Week 14 of last season, Pitta has 24 receptions for 259 yards and four TDs compared to Ed Dickson’s 13/148/2 line. Pitta has been targeted at least seven times in three of his last four games.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Martellus Bennett, Giants - The Giants beat writers as well as NFL Films guru Greg Cosell believe Bennett will have a bigger role going forward after impressing in the opener. Eli Manning habitually looks to his tight ends, from Kevin Boss to Jake Ballard. Bennett is just as big and more athletic than either of those players.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Heath Miller, Steelers - As Ben Roethlisberger’s security blanket on third downs and in the red zone, Miller fell one target short of the team lead with seven targets at Denver. The concern, as always, is that Miller will have to stay in to block after the Steelers had two more offensive linemen forced from the field in the opener. The good news is those injuries don’t appear to be of the long-term variety.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Scott Chandler, Bills - After a strong offseason and training camp, Chandler posted a 4/38/1 line on six targets versus the Jets. Already one of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s favorite red-zone targets, Chandler’s role figures to grow with David Nelson out for the season.

Recommendation: Worth a look in touchdown-heavy leagues.

Watch List: Zach Miller, Marcedes Lewis

The two veterans caught all eight of their combined targets. Although they’ve proven capable of producing in the past, Miller and Lewis were afterthoughts last season. We need to see more consistent targets.

Hold Off: Tony Scheffler, Brandon Myers

Scheffler pops onto the radar occasionally with an 8-target game, but he can’t be counted on week-to-week as the sixth or seventh man on the totem pole. … Myers is a blocking specialist coming off a career performance. It’s not repeatable.

Cut Bait: Dallas Clark, Lance Kendricks, Dwayne Allen, Kellen Davis

Clark played on 32-of-67 offensive snaps, 17 fewer than Luke Stocker. … I’m ready to throw in the towel on Kendricks, who simply fades when the bright lights come on. … Allen played 36 snaps to Coby Fleener’s 54; Allen didn’t see a single target. … Ignore the Bears tight ends; Jay Cutler does too.

Defense/Special Teams

Bengals - Brandon Weeden’s 5.1 Week 1 passer rating was the lowest by any rookie making his debut since 1960. In fact, it was even lower than his career ERA of 5.20 across five minor league seasons. We noticed in preseason action that Weeden not only struggles in a muddy pocket, but also carries the ball too low. He’s highly susceptible to fumbles and interceptions.

Redskins - The Rams entered the season rivaling the Cardinals for the most overwhelmed offensive line in the league. They have now lost $24 million center Scott Wells and left tackle Rodger Saffold, leaving four exploitable weak spots up front.

Raiders - Oakland certainly didn’t lose on Monday Night Football due to shoddy defense. They stifled the Chargers’ ground game and held Philip Rivers to one touchdown even with good field position. The Raiders travel to Miami to face an offense that surrendered three interceptions, three sacks and three forced fumbles in Week 1.

Cowboys - Rob Ryan’s improved defense stifled Eli Manning and the Giants in the NFL opener. They travel to Seattle this week to face rookie Russell Wilson, who was harassed by the Cardinals’ front seven behind a questionable offensive line. Wilson managed a paltry 4.5 yards per attempt at Arizona.

Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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