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Championship Week Dregs

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Tight Ends

Dennis Pitta, Ravens - We pointed out last week that Pitta had an excellent matchup versus the  Broncos, and he responded with a 7/125/2 stat line on 10 targets. The performance pushed Pitta into the No. 1 spot among fantasy tight ends over the past five weeks. He’s back on the TE1 radar for matchups versus the Giants and Bengals to close out the season.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.


Tony Scheffler, Lions - We found out late last week that Brandon Pettigrew’s injury is actually a high-ankle sprain, which could keep him out multiple games. While Scheffler’s production has been disappointing, it’s a promising sign that he’s averaged 8.5 targets the past two weeks. He should be the No. 2 option in the passing game against the Falcons and Bears in the final two games.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Brent Celek, Eagles - Cleared from his concussion, Celek will regain his starting job this week against a Redskins defense that allows the second-most fantasy points to tight ends. He’s been hit-or-miss with Nick Foles under center, topping 40 yards just twice in five games. .

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Ben Watson, Browns - Watson makes the list this week for the same reason Dennis Pitta did last week: No defense allows more fantasy points to tight ends than the Broncos. While Watson has cooled off a bit, he’s still a top-10 tight end over the past five weeks. A trip to Denver should get him back on track.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Scott Chandler, Bills - After a three-game stretch where he failed to top 30 yards, Chandler has posted five receptions and 55+ yards in back-to-back games. He’s worth a look in deeper leagues, though the matchup is tough against a Dolphins defense allowing the 26th-most fantasy points to tight ends.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Marcedes Lewis, Lance Kendricks

Lewis is hard to trust after back-to-back game under 10 yards, but he has a pair of plus matchups versus the Patriots and Titans to close out the season. … Kendricks is playing the best ball of his career, topping 30 yards in four consecutive games and six of the past seven.

Team Defense

Colts - The Chiefs allow over 12 fantasy points per game to opposing defenses. They failed to dent the scoreboard against a Raiders defense that has allowed the most points in the NFL this season. Brady Quinn is battling a rib injury which could lead to Ricky Stanzi’s first career start. The coaching staff doesn’t believe Stanzi is better than Quinn -- a damning assessment of his prospects.

Jets - Union-Tribune San Diego football columnist Kevin Acee described the Chargers’ performance against the Panthers an embarrassment beyond anything he had seen in the Norval Turner era. The players have given up on their coach. The Bolts already allow an average of roughly 10 points to opposing defenses this season. Now they’re just going through the motions.

Panthers - Carolina is fifth in the NFL in total defense (sixth in passing, 10th in rushing) since rookie Luke Kuechly moved to middle linebacker in October. The Panthers welcome pick-six artist Carson Palmer to Carolina after throttling Philip Rivers and the Chargers in Week 15.

Dolphins - The Bills travel to Miami to finish off their annual late-season slide. They have allowed double-digit scores to defenses in three of their past four games.



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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