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Tuesday, October 02, 2012


Tight Ends

Greg Olsen, Panthers - Dropped by impatient owners after a disappointing Week 2, Olsen is owned in roughly half of Yahoo leagues. He’s caught at least six passes in three of four games and has led the Panthers in targets in each of the past two. Olsen’s season has gone exactly expected, picking up extra snaps and targets with Jeremy Shockey out of the picture. Only four tight ends have caught more than Olsen’s 20 receptions so far. Keep in mind, however, that Olsen has a tough matchup versus the Seahawks before the Week 6 bye.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Scott Chandler, Bills - Chandler is expected to be “fine” after exiting last week’s game with a head injury. Through four games, only Tony Gonzalez, Rob Gronkowski, Vernon Davis, and Jimmy Graham have more fantasy points. Chandler started out hot last year, as well, before fading in October. Although expectations should be kept low, Chandler does have a shot at double-digit scores as Ryan Fitzpatrick’s favorite red-zone target.

Recommendation: Should be owned in touchdown-heavy leagues.

Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars - Lewis has just nine targets through four games, which is a head-scratcher considering he’s been running more routes and blocking less this season. For desperate owners, it’s worth noting that Lewis draws the Bears, Raiders, and Lions -- three of the six most generous defenses to opposing fantasy tight ends -- in three of the next five weeks.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Anthony Fasano, Dolphins - This is purely a deep league recommendation for those desperate owners with Jason Witten or Brandon Pettigrew on bye. Fasano has caught five passes in each of the past two games, totaling 15 targets versus the Jets and Cardinals. He’s due to find the end zone against a Bengals defense allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Team Defense

Vikings - The Vikings were supposed to be in rebuilding mode. Instead they’re tied for the NFC North lead after holding a pair of 2011 playoff teams to 13 points apiece the past two weeks. Minnesota has a home game this week versus a Titans team that has been a trainwreck
through four games.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Rams - The strength of the Rams’ team is the young defensive line. Chris Long and Robert Quinn have a home game against a Cardinals offensive line that surrendered eight sacks and 17 QB hurries versus the Dolphins 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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