Chris Wesseling

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Bag a few Jaguars

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Tight Ends

Brandon Myers, Raiders - Myers is still owned in just 41 percent of Yahoo leagues because a good portion of fantasy owners are asleep at the wheel by late November. Over the past five weeks, Myers is fourth in fantasy points, fourth in yards, and second in receptions among tight ends. The Week 12 matchup is outstanding with Carson Palmer returning to Cincinnati to face a Bengals defense allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends. Pick Myers up if he’s still out there.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Dwayne Allen, Colts - The rookie’s 240 yards are the sixth-most among tight ends over the past five weeks. Coby Fleener is expected to miss one more week, and Donnie Avery is battling the after-effects of a concussion this week. Allen isn’t a bad plug-and-play versus a Bills defense allowing the 13th-most fantasy points to tight ends this season.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Dustin Keller, Jets -  Keller is still owned in less than 40 percent of Yahoo leagues because nobody trusts the Jets offense. With Rob Gronkowski out, Heath Miller in third-string QB jail, and several others injured, though, you may have no choice. Keller is Mark Sanchez’s most reliable red-zone weapon, and he’s set to square off against a Pats defense allowing the third-most fantasy points to tight ends.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Tony Moeaki, Chiefs - If you can muster up any semblance of faith in Brady Quinn, it’s worth noting that Moeaki has registered season-highs in yards in three of the past four weeks (he was shutout in Week 9). It appears that his surgically-repaired knee is finally coming around, just in time for desperate fantasy owners to roll the dice against a Broncos defense allowing the most points to tight ends.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars - It was only two years ago that Lewis earned a trip to the Pro Bowl with 700 yards and 10 touchdowns under David Garrard. He’s certainly not without talent, especially as a red-zone weapon. It’s been Blaine Gabbert’s poor play that has killed his production for the past year and a half. With Chad Henne behind center, Lewis had his best fantasy day since the 2010 season. He’s set to face a Titans defense allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Garrett Graham, Dallas Clark, Ben Watson, Visanthe Shiancoe, Michael Hoomanawanui

Graham’s career game in Week 11 comes with a giant asterisk in an overtime game wherein the Texans passed more heavily than they ever will again. The majority of Graham’s production came on one fourth-quarter drive when the Jags left the middle of the field open with a two-touchdown lead. … Clark is worth a look in deeper leagues with the offense firing on all cylinders, but his production typically comes via comeback mode only. … Watson scored two touchdowns in Dallas. Make him do it again. … I’ve seen a good portion of fantasy owners angling for Shiancoe or Hoomanawanui as Gronkowski’s replacement this week. This I don’t understand. Shiancoe is washed up, Hoomanawanui is a blocking specialist, Aaron Hernandez is returning this week, and Julian Edelman’s offensive role is increasing. Ignore the New England tight ends on the wire this week.

Cut Bait: Dennis Pitta, Anthony Fasano

Pitta is unlikely to play this week after sustaining a concussion at Pittsburgh. … Fasano is an afterthought in the Miami passing “attack.”

Team Defense

Browns - Coming off a season-high seven sacks of Tony Romo, the Browns return home to feast on the carcass of Charlie Batch and a Steelers offense that managed just one touchdown in Week 11. Batch hasn’t typically been turnover prone coming out of the bullpen, but he has struggled to consistently move the offense. Expect a low-scoring affair by the lake.

Rams - Coach Ken Whisenhunt is noncommittal on his Week 12 starter after Matt Schaub produced more completions (43) than the Cardinals did passing yards (41) at Atlanta. Whether it’s Ryan Lindley or John Skelton, the Rams defensive front is in for a field day against the worst offensive line in the league.

Patriots - New England’s fantasy D/ST is coming off a trio of return touchdowns versus the Colts. It’s not a bad idea to see if they can keep it rolling against a Jets offense that has flat-out fallen to pieces in losses this season.



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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