Chris Wesseling

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Revving up Rashad

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Tight Ends

Martellus Bennett, Giants - Bennett was dropped in quite a few leagues after “messing some sh*t up” in his knee a couple of weeks ago. Although Bennett believes he played his worst game against the Redskins, it was a highly encouraging sign that he was once again running vertical routes to go with an uptick in targets. Bennett is back on the low-end TE1 radar heading into an NFC East grudge match at Dallas.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Dustin Keller, Jets - Finally over a hamstring injury that ruined the first month and a half of the season, Keller dropped a 7/93/1 line on the Patriots in Week 7. He has a tough matchup versus the Dolphins before the Jets enter their bye week. As Mark Sanchez’s most reliable weapon, Keller is worth stashing as a potential TE1 for the second half of the season.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Anthony Fasano, Dolphins - Fasano has caught at least four passes in three of the past four games. While he’s never going to be a reliable week-to-week fantasy starter, the matchup is right this week against a Jets defense that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Brandon Myers, Raiders - Myers has been a reliable option in PPR formats, reaching 5+ receptions and 50+ yards in four of six games this season. He’s yet to find the end zone, though, and offers nothing after the catch. Those in standard-scoring leagues should be aiming for higher upside.

Recommendation: Worth a look in PPR formats.

Chris Cooley, Redskins - Fred Davis is 20th in fantasy points after seven weeks. Davis is a much better player than Cooley at this point in their respective careers. Cooley hasn’t been the same since injuring his knee two years ago, and he’s going to be in a timeshare with Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen.

Recommendation: Worth a look only in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Dallas Clark, Zach Miller, Rob Housler, Logan Paulsen

The Bucs made an effort to incorporate Clark into the offense in Week 7, but it was his first game over 35 yards all season. I need to see him do that again before burning a roster spot. … Miller draws three of the eight most generous tight-end defenses over the next three weeks. … Housler has topped 45 yards in three of the past four games, and John Skelton targeted him more than Kevin Kolb ever did. … Paulsen is in a timeshare with Niles Paul and Chris Cooley.

Cut Bait: Fred Davis, Scott Chandler

Chandler is worthless if he’s not finding the end zone with regularity. It’s been three games since he’s scored a touchdown or topped 40 yards.

Team Defense

Raiders - Oakland has shut down the ground attacks of the Falcons and Jaguars since their bye week. The opposing QB this week is averaging roughly 160 yards in 13 career starts and authored a red-zone interception as well as a pick-six in his one start this season. It’s never a bad idea to rev up the opposing fantasy D/ST when Brady Quinn is under center.

Lions - The Lions have a home game against the Seahawks and their struggling passing game. Seattle doesn’t turn the ball over with great frequency, but they do have trouble racking up high yardage totals. Detroit is a better fantasy play in leagues that award points for low scores and yards.



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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