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Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Tight Ends

Dustin Keller, Jets - Fantasy owners are asleep at wheel after Keller’s early-season hamstring injury. Despite averaging seven catches and 80 yards over the past two games, Keller remains unowned in over half of Yahoo leagues. If you plan to pluck him from the wire this week, be warned that the Jets are on their bye.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Greg Olsen, Panthers - Olsen is owned in just over half of Yahoo leagues due to a three-game slump that has coincided with Steve Smith returning to full health after battling knee pain. If Olsen is available in your league, though, he has an excellent matchup this week against a Redskins defense that has given up the second-most fantasy points to tight ends this season.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Brandon Myers, Raiders - Would you believe only five tight ends have more than Myers’ 383 yards this season? Myers has been a model of consistency, topping 40 yards in six of seven games. The problem is his 21st-place fantasy ranking because he’s yet to find the end zone and doesn’t make plays after the catch.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Dwayne Allen, Colts - The third-rounder continues to outplay the more ballyhooed Coby Fleener, grading out as Pro Football Focus’ No. 4 all-around tight end this season. Allen is averaging just 34 yards over the past five games, though, so he’s a low-upside option versus a Dolphins defense allowing the 19th-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Kellen Davis, Bears - Know this up front: Jay Cutler rarely looks at his tight ends. Davis has exceeded five targets just once this season. The athletic tight end isn’t bereft of pass-catching ability, though, and the matchup couldn’t be better against a Titans defense that was picked on by Dwayne Allen early in last week’s game. No defense has allowed more fantasy points to opposing tight ends this year.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a desperation matchup play.

Watch List: Logan Paulsen, Tony Moeaki

Paulsen played 95 percent of the snaps last week while Chris Cooley ran just five pass routes. The problem is Paulsen has just one game as a low-end TE2 option before the Week 10 bye. … Moeaki saw a season-high eight targets, a sign that his knee might finally be coming around. He had been used as a blocking specialist to this point.

Cut Bait: Dallas Clark, Anthony Fasano, David Thomas

Clark saw just three targets last week after his season-high 51 yards in garbage time the previous week. … Fasano plays against the Colts, who have surprisingly been the stingiest defense versus tight ends this year.

Team Defense

Chargers - The best-case scenario would have been facing a wholly ineffective Brady Quinn, but he couldn’t gain clearance from his concussion on a short week. The fallback plan is Matt Cassel, author of 16 turnovers in five starts this season. Either way, the Chargers defense is gold this week.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Dolphins - Miami has held opponents to 12 points per game over the past three weeks while averaging 4.5 sacks per game over the past month. They have a decent matchup at an Indianapolis team that had trouble giving Andrew Luck a clean pocket versus the Titans.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.



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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