Chris Wesseling

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No Free Fall for Felix

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Tight Ends

Scott Chandler, Bills - Coming off his worst game of the season and now in the midst of a two-game touchdown drought, Chandler is due to find the end zone. The matchup is right this week against a Titans defense that has been torched by tight ends, surrendering the most fantasy points to the position.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Dustin Keller, Jets - In a blowout victory that saw Mark Sanchez throw for just 82 yards, Keller managed just one catch in his first action since Week 1. The good news is that Keller was on the field for 90 percent of the passing plays and 75 percent of overall snaps. Arguably the most talented pass catcher on the Jets roster, Keller is worth consideration in Week 7 versus a Patriots defense allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Tony Scheffler, Lions - Scheffler torched the Eagles for 81 yards last week -- his highest total since 2009 -- and could have added a long touchdown had Matthew Stafford not overthrown him. Finally over an early-season calf injury, Scheffler appears to have bypassed Titus Young in the passing-game pecking order. He’s worth a look in deeper leagues as a bye-week fill-in against the Bears’ Cover 2 defense that often leaves the middle of the field open for tight ends.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a bye-week fill-in.

Brandon Myers, Raiders - Myers is coming off a season-high seven targets as Carson Palmer’s check-down option of choice at Atlanta. While he’s bettered the 50-yard mark in four of five games, Myers’ fantasy value has been overly dependent on two-minute drills. He’s yet to find the end zone and doesn’t make plays after the catch.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deep leagues.

David Thomas, Saints - Thomas could see an increase in snaps and targets if Jimmy Graham’s sprained ankle knocks him out of this week’s game versus the Bucs. Thomas is a low-upside fantasy option, however. Graham owners would do better to pick up one of the tight ends higher on this list.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deep leagues.

Hold Off: Joel Dreessen

Don’t run out and pick up Dreessen based on his six-catch performance at San Diego. The Broncos are on bye in Week 7, and Dreessen and Jacob Tamme typically alternate good games.

Team Defense

Vikings - Gashed by sensational rookie Robert Griffin III, the Vikes head home to find a tasty matchup with a Cardinals offense that has allowed 22 sacks the past three weeks. Even with the 38 points allowed to the Redskins, Minnesota remains a top-10 NFL defense.

Patriots - The Pats defense has been an opportunistic one, leading the NFL with 10 fumble recoveries. After a tough loss in Seattle, they return home to host a Jets offense that is dysfunctional more often than not. Shonn Greene isn’t going to run on Vince Wilfork’s defensive front.

Raiders - Coming off three interceptions of Matt Ryan, the Raiders return to Oakland to host Blaine Gabbert. The Jags are last in the league at 13.0 points per game, and the Raiders dominated the line of scrimmage in Atlanta.



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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