Chris Wesseling

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The Best Option

Tuesday, October 09, 2012


Tight Ends

Scott Chandler, Bills - Chandler didn’t find the end zone in a blowout loss at San Francisco, but he’s still fifth in fantasy points among tight ends through five weeks. A borderline TE1 most weeks, Chandler is still owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. He’s been the second option in the Bills passing game behind Stevie Johnson.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

D.J. Williams, Packers - Jermichael Finley expressed optimism that he would play through his shoulder injury versus the Texans, but coach Mike McCarthy offered only that his tight end “has a chance” to go in Week 6. Beat writers noted that Williams had arguably the best training camp of anyone on the roster this summer. With outstanding vertical speed and athleticism, Williams was the 2010 John Mackey Award winner at Arkansas. He would take over as the primary pass-catching tight end if Finley’s shoulder keeps him out this week.

Recommendation: Worth a look as an injury fill-in.

Dwayne Allen, Colts - The third-rounder started the season behind Coby Fleener in the pecking order, but he’s played more snaps than his fellow rookie in two consecutive games. Big and athletic with nice hands, Allen is emerging as a key red-zone weapon for Andrew Luck. Over the past two games, Allen is averaging 5.5 targets, 4.5 receptions and 36.5 yards. He’s purely a deep-league or bye-week crunch fantasy play.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Joel Dreessen, Broncos - We suspected back in August that Dreessen would be Denver’s primary red-zone tight end after excelling in the role with the Texans. That’s how it has played out through five games, as Dreessen has actually out-scored Jacob Tamme 26.7 to 23.5 in fantasy points. Dreessen is averaging just two catches per game, leaving him as an option only in touchdown-heavy formats.

Recommendation: Worth a look in touchdown-heavy leagues.

David Thomas, Saints - Jimmy Graham was in a walking boot after rolling his ankle in Sunday night’s game. It’s not clear yet if it’s a sprain of the high-ankle variety, but Graham does have the bye week as a buffer. If he can’t go in Week 7 at Tampa, Thomas would pick up extra snaps as an underwhelming fantasy option.

Recommendation: Worth a look as an injury fill-in only in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Rob Housler, Jordan Cameron, Zach Miller, Jeff Cumberland

Housler is picking up snaps and stretching the seam, but Todd Heap could return to eat into his workload. … Cameron has yet to take advantage of Alex Smith’s absence. … Miller’s 59 yards were his most in a Seahawks uniform, but he saw just three targets. … Cumberland will head back to the bench with Dustin Keller returns from his hamstring injury.

Team Defense

Bills - It’s going to be a challenge for Arizona to establish a successful ground attack with untested William Powell and scat back LaRod Stephens-Howling. Mario Williams & Co. should be pinning their ears back against a quarterback that has been sacked 17 times the past two weeks.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Buccaneers - Coming out of their bye week, the Bucs have a home game against a backup quarterback. With a career 52.5 completion percentage, 5.4 YPA and 10:9 TD-to-INT ratio, Brady Quinn isn’t one of the top 50 signal-callers in the NFL. Jamaal Charles has a tough matchup against the league’s fourth-ranked run defense.

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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