Chris Wesseling

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Tight Ends

Dustin Keller, Jets - Keller laid an egg two weeks ago, which makes him no different than any other tight end in the fantasy landscape. Outside of that disappointment, though, Keller has averaged a healthy 5.5/68/0.5 stat line over the past five games. That production puts the Jets’ most effective offensive player on the TE1 radar going forward.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars - With Chad Henne under center, Lewis produced his best fantasy game in two years versus the Texans and his season-high in yards against the Titans. Henne is picking defenses apart over the middle, down the field, and in the red zone, which means the 2010 Pro Bowl tight end is relevant in fantasy circles again.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Dallas Clark, Buccaneers - We noted last week that Clark was finally starting to catch passes within the framework of the offense and not just in the two-minute drill. The veteran responded with a season-high 65 yards and is now ninth in fantasy points over the past five weeks. Clark heads west to face a Broncos defense allowing the second-most fantasy points to tight ends.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Rob Housler, Cardinals - Rookie Ryan Lindley had success on intermediate balls to Housler over the middle, but was brutal outside the numbers and down the field. The result was career-highs across the board in targets (11), receptions (8), and yards (82) against the Rams, leaving Housler with three games over 50 yards in the last five outings. Housler faces a Jets defense allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to tight ends.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Dennis Pitta, Ravens - The early-season star is owned in less than a third of Yahoo leagues thanks to a mid-season slump. Like 90 percent of starting tight ends, Pitta is a boom-or-bust candidate going forward. He’s been fantasy’s No. 10 tight end over the past three weeks, but has a tough matchup Sunday against the Steelers.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Charles Clay, Jacob Tamme

More of a fullback, Clay doesn’t have tight-end eligibility in some leagues. He had 91 yards all season until posting a 6/84/1 stat line in a comeback win versus Seattle. Clay has to prove he can top 50 yards in back-to-back games before I would consider adding him to my roster. … Tamme’s production has picked up just a tad the past two games.

Cut Bait: Dwayne Allen, Scott Chandler, Brent Celek, Logan Paulsen

Allen has competition for targets with Coby Fleener (shoulder) due back this week. … Chandler simply hasn’t been consistent, and he’s facing a Jaguars defense that handles tight ends well. … Celek in 29th in fantasy points over the past three weeks as well as the past five weeks. … Paulsen has failed to top 20 yards in back-to-back games.

Team Defense

Jets - Fireman Ed may be bailing on the Jets, but we’re not. Until further notice, just start any defense facing the Cardinals. The Rams D/ST racked up 18 points last week, thanks to a pair of pick-sixes by rookie Ryan Lindley. Arizona has the fourth-most turnovers this season, allowing more points to fantasy defenses than any other team.

Recommendation: Should be owned as a matchup play.

Panthers - Carolina’s “improved” run defense was no match for Bryce Brown, but they did force three turnovers at Philadelphia. That total could be exceeded this week against a Brady Quinn-led Chiefs offense that has turned the ball over 32 times this season.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Bengals - Nobody in the league gets more pass-rush pressure per snap than cat-quick DT Geno Atkins. With the defensive line bringing the heat, the Bengals have allowed an average of 9.7 points per game versus the Giants, Chiefs, and Raiders the past three weeks. They travel to San Diego to square off against turnover king Philip Rivers in Week 13.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Browns - Coming off a whopping eight forced turnovers against the Steelers (in comparison, the Pats have eight turnovers all season), Dick Jauron’s crew faces a Raiders offense that couldn’t block the Bengals defensive line or pass the ball last week.  As a bonus, the Browns draw Brady Quinn and the Chiefs in Week 14.

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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