Chris Wesseling

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Examining Waiver Priority

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Tight Ends

Kyle Rudolph, Vikings - Rotoworld had been pushing Rudolph since late July, but he’s still unowned in 60 percent of Yahoo leagues. Christian Ponder’s favorite red-zone target is sixth in fantasy points and his 67-yard opener stands as his worst fantasy output of the young season. His schedule couldn’t set up more beautifully for the next three weeks, as the Lions, Titans and Redskins are the three most generous defenses against fantasy tight ends so far.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Fred Davis, Redskins - Dropped in many leagues after a pair of two-catch outings to start the season, Davis rebounded with seven receptions and 90 yards versus the Bengals. If Pierre Garcon (foot) misses this week’s game at Tampa Bay, Davis is once again a good bet to lead the team in targets. For now, his value will have to be revisited on a weekly basis.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Heath Miller, Steelers - Through three games, only Tony Gonzalez and Vernon Davis have more fantasy points than Miller. Although Miller’s production is heavily dependent on touchdowns, his 20 targets are tied for 10th among tight ends. Ben Roethlisberger has stated that he wants his tight end in the Pro Bowl this year, and the early results are promising.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Dustin Keller, Jets - Keller’s ownership has dropped to 31 percent after missing two weeks with a hamstring injury. There’s no guarantee that he will play in tough matchups versus the 49ers and Texans the next two weeks, but he’s worth stashing as a bye-week plug for Weeks 6-8 against the Colts, Pats and Dolphins.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Watch List: Brandon Myers, Dwayne Allen, Jordan Cameron

Myers has caught all 15 of his targets this year, but he’s coming off a concussion in Week 3. …
Allen had five catches while Coby Fleener was shut out against the Jags. … Cameron led the Browns with 45 receiving yards while playing for Alex Smith (concussion). Keep an eye on him to see if that performance merits more playing time going forward.

Cut Bait: Dallas Clark

The majority of Clark’s snaps have come in the two-minute drill. He doesn’t play in most base packages.

Team Defense

Cardinals - Ray Horton’s unit is second only to the Seahawks in scoring defense, having harassed Tom Brady and Michael Vick in back-to-back games. They have also been a top-five fantasy defense in most formats. The Cardinals should be owned in all leagues even before considering the tasty home matchup with the Dolphins in Week 4.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Cowboys - Dallas’ defense is owned in just 36 percent of Yahoo leagues. After completely shutting down the Bucs offense in Week 3, they square off against a struggling Jay Cutler at home this week. DaMarcus Ware is licking his chops in preparation for a matchup with overwhelmed blindside protector J’Marcus Webb.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Bengals - Cincinnati’s secondary isn’t ready to stop any legit aerial attacks, but the pass rush finally started bringing heat on the quarterback with Pro Bowl-caliber defensive end Carlos Dunlap back in the lineup. They draw a reeling Blaine Gabbert in Week 4.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.



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