Chris Wesseling

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Tuesday, November 06, 2012


Tight Ends

Dustin Keller, Jets - Keller is owned in just over a third of Yahoo leagues coming out of the Week 9 bye. Returning from an early-season hamstring injury, Keller averaged seven catches and 80 yards in two games heading into the bye. He has TE1 potential as Mark Sanchez’s top red-zone weapon.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Brandon Myers, Raiders - Myers has only been tepidly recommended in this space because he doesn’t make plays after the catch and hadn’t been used in the red zone. The latter complaint has to be adjusted after Myers reeled in two scores in comeback mode versus the Bucs. Myers is now eighth in tight end fantasy points on the season, and the Raiders will have to keep leaning heavily on Carson Palmer with Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson both sidelined by high ankle sprains.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Dwayne Allen, Colts - It’s no coincidence that Allen established season-highs in targets (7), receptions (6), and yards (75) with Coby Fleener (shoulder) out of the lineup at Indy. Fleener has already been ruled out for Week 10, leaving Allen to handle the bulk of the tight-end targets at Jacksonville. Be warned that the Jags have been the stingiest team in the league versus fantasy tight ends.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Scott Chandler, Bills - Overdue for a touchdown, Chandler hasn’t found paydirt since burning the Patriots down the seam for a pair of scores in Week 4. He travels to New England this week for a rematch.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a desperation matchup play.

Anthony Fasano, Dolphins - Fasano has just one catch apiece in the past two weeks, so he’s going to be a high-risk fantasy play even in an attractive matchup. Fasano faces a Titans defense that has allowed an NFL-high 79.6 yards and the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a desperation matchup play.

Watch List: Logan Paulsen, Rob Housler

Both players are entering their bye weeks after topping 50 yards in Week 9. With Todd Heap (knee) due back soon, Paulsen could have more staying power than Housler.

Cut Bait: Jacob Tamme, Dennis Pitta, Jordan Cameron, Kellen Davis

Tamme is now splitting time with Virgil Green opposite Joel Dreessen. He’s managed to hit 50 yards just once all season. … Pitta has totaled exactly 33 yards in three consecutive games. … Cameron is left without a role now that Alex Smith has returned to play alongside Ben Watson. … Davis couldn’t come through in a custom-made matchup versus the Titans.

Team Defense

Steelers - The Steelers have been dropped in many leagues because they rank in the bottom-five of most fantasy scoring systems. After limiting Andy Dalton, Robert Griffin III, and Eli Manning to an average of 129 passing yards the past three weeks, Pittsburgh draws much-maligned Brady Quinn or turnover king Matt Cassel in Week 10.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Patriots - The Pats forced six turnovers at Buffalo early in the season. New CB Aqib Talib could give the secondary a shot in the arm, and New England has four consecutive strong matchups against the Bills, Colts, Jets and Dolphins.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Dolphins - The Dolphins return to face a Titans team that allowed a defensive touchdown, special teams touchdowns, and four fumble recoveries to the Bears in Week 9. You could do worse for a spot play.

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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