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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tight Ends

Dennis Pitta, Ravens - Let’s try this again. In last week’s rankings notes, we pointed out that Denver’s only defensive weakness has been giving up big games to tight ends. They proceeded to shut down Brandon Myers, who bizarrely spent more time blocking after a monster Week 14 performance. The Ravens will reportedly revert to their early-season no-huddle offense with Jim Caldwell taking over as the play-caller. It should be a boon to Pitta’s fantasy value, as he was a sure-fire TE1 in that offense for the first month of the season.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a spot start.

Tony Scheffler, Lions - With Titus Young and Ryan Broyles out, Scheffler took over slot duties last week. His 62 snaps and 10 targets were season-highs. With Brandon Pettigrew’s
(ankle) status in question for Week 15, Scheffler stands a good chance of seeing double-digit targets again at Arizona.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Clay Harbor, Eagles - With Brent Celek sidelined by a concussion, Harbor posted a career-best 6/52/1 stat line against the Bucs in Week 14. Celek has already been ruled out for Thursday night, leaving Harbor as a passable fantasy play against a Bengals defense allowing the ninth-most points to tight ends. If Celek sits out again the following week, Harbor would have another plus matchup against the Redskins.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a spot start.

Ben Watson, Browns - Watson is nobody's idea of a reliable fantasy tight end, but he’s topped 40 yards in three of the past four games as a borderline TE1. The only reason he’s listed here is because he faces the Redskins defense -- the most generous in the league to fantasy tight ends -- in Week 15.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Anthony McCoy, Rob Housler, Taylor Thompson

Make McCoy prove his 105-yard outburst wasn’t a fluke. His previous career-high was 44 yards. … Housler is averaging a surprising nine targets over the past four games. If the Cardinals get capable QB play this week, he could be a boom-or-bust option versus the Bears in Week 16. … A freakishly athletic converted defensive end, Thompson should see an uptick in snaps with Jared Cook’s season over.

Cut Bait: Dallas Clark, Jared Cook

Not targeted consistently, Clark is overly reliant on touchdowns for fantasy value. … Cook’s third straight furious finish was waylaid by a rotator cuff tear. He’s done for the year.

Team Defense

Lions - The Cardinals’ quarterbacks are so bad that Brian Hoyer, just claimed off waivers Monday, could start before the season’s end. In many leagues, Arizona coughed up 40+ fantasy points to the Seahawks in Week 14.

Recommendation: Should be owned as a matchup play.

Bengals - Cincinnati’s defense is allowing just 12 points per over the past five games, owning the trenches. Don’t put too much stock in Nick Foles’ big game against Tampa Bay’s league-worst pass defense. This is still a quality matchup for the Bengals.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Dolphins - Chad Henne is averaging under 200 yards with three interceptions in two games since his mini-renaissance in Weeks 11-12. If Cecil Shorts (concussion) sits out again, the Jags will struggle to move the ball in Miami.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Browns - The Browns are now 5-3 with CB Joe Haden in the lineup, allowing just 13 points per over the past three weeks. If Robert Griffin III (knee) ends up sitting out, you could do worse than a surging home defense against rookie backup Kirk Cousins.

Recommendation: Worth a look if RGIII sits out.

Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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