Chris Wesseling

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Pity the Foles

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Tight Ends

Brandon Myers, Raiders - Myers may rival Tony Gonzalez for least effective run blocker in the league, but he’s behind only Gonzalez, Rob Gronkowski, Jason Witten, and Jimmy Graham in yards this season. Only once has he been held under three catches or 44 yards in a game. The Raiders figure to be playing from behind again in Week 11 versus the Saints, giving Myers yet another shot at garbage-time production. He’s still unowned in 60 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Kyle Rudolph, Vikings - Now owned in just over half of Yahoo leagues, Rudolph is back up to seventh in fantasy points among tight ends after a 7/64/1 stat line versus the Lions with Percy Harvin out of the lineup. The Vikings have a Week 11 bye, so fantasy owners will have to wait a week to see if Christian Ponder’s gains were real. If Ponder regains early-season form, Rudolph can be a TE1 option again.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Dwayne Allen, Colts - The Indy Star suspects Coby Fleener will be out another couple of weeks, leaving Allen as an every-down tight end. With an average of four catches and 54 yards, Allen has been fantasy’s No. 13 tight end over the past three weeks. His next two matchups are against the Patriots and Bills, third and ninth respectively in most fantasy points allowed to tight ends.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Dennis Pitta, Ravens - Owned in less than a third of Yahoo leagues after an extended slump, Pitta is coming off a 5/67/1 stat line -- his best game since the season opener. Pitta saw just five targets, though, and disappeared in the second half versus the Raiders. He’s been a situational, game-dependent weapon for the Ravens this season, leaving fantasy owners with hit-or-miss production. The Week 11 matchup is prohibitive against a Steelers defense allowing just 140 passing yards per over the past four games.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Scott Chandler, Bills - After a three-game slump, Chandler has averaged four catches and 58 yards over the past two weeks. The upcoming schedule is a bit daunting, though, as Chandler faces a middle-of-the-road Dolphins pass defense before squaring off against the Colts and Jaguars -- surprisingly the two stingiest defenses in the NFL against fantasy tight ends.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Tony Moeaki, Chiefs - Moeaki has shown signs of life the past two weeks with back-to-back season-highs of 57 and 68 yards. The Week 11 matchup against a Bengals defense allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends is tempting, but the return of Brady Quinn dampens any enthusiasm.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Rob Housler

Housler draws a Falcons defense that just surrendered a career day to Jimmy Graham, but Todd Heap’s return could eat into his snapload.  

Cut Bait: Jacob Tamme, Virgil Green

Tamme is averaging 21 yards over the past month. You can do better than that for a TE2 roster stash.

Team Defense

Bengals - Coach Romeo Crennel insists Brady Quinn won’t lose his job to injury. Quinn recently told the Kansas City Star that he’s been cleared to practice and play against the Bengals in Week 11. Cincinnati’s defense got to Eli Manning -- the toughest in the NFL to sack -- four times last week. They’re going to have a field day with Quinn.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Redskins - Nick Foles played roughly three quarters in his debut. The Cowboys became the first team in nearly a half-century to record touchdowns via interception, fumble, and special teams return in one of those quarters. The Eagles’ offensive line woes aren’t going away.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Rams - When the Jets lose, it’s generally not pretty. They’ve been on the wrong side of blowouts to the Seahawks, Dolphins, 49ers, and Steelers, which accounts for nearly half of their games this season. Mark Sanchez’s unit failed to top 10 points in any of those games. The Rams host the Jets in the Edwards Jones Dome this week.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Falcons - The Cardinals are on pace to allow 73 sacks this season, which would put them in the top-5 in NFL history. The Manning Brothers together are on pace for roughly half that total. John Abraham & Co. have a fine matchup this week.

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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