Playoff Matchups to Exploit: Tight ends to consider

      December 6, 2012 @ 17:41:25 PDT


Fantasy footballers are likely entering the first game of their playoffs in Week 14. Whether you ran the table and have a bye or squeaked in, congratulations. If you fall into the latter grouping, check out some of these midrange tight ends to play this week.

Several players have awesome matchups to exploit, and many of them can be found on waiver wires. While this may be mainly targeted toward owners that can play the position in their flex spot, struggling starters could be benched in favor of these guys, too.

Note: All fantasy points are in standard scoring.

Martellus Bennett, New York Giants vs. New Orleans Saints

The Saints have allowed the fantasy points per game (13.5) to the position in the last month, and Eli Manning has been looking Bennett's way more lately. He could chew this defense alive in the middle of the field.

Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions

Tony Scheffler, TE, Detroit Lions

Finley has been erratic, at best, this season, but Detroit gives him a prime matchup to succeed. The Lions have given up 11.5 fantasy points per outing, which is the third most in the NFL. Detroit will have their hands full on the outside, leaving Finley open down the seam.

Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta's 11.0 fantasy points per match allowed ranks fifth in the NFL in the last month. Olsen has been inconsistently lately, but that shouldn't stop you from considering him as a strong play.

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. San Diego Chargers

Charlie Batch did a fine job of utilizing the veteran tight end last week, and Ben Roethlisberger (chest, shoulder) should return against the Bolts in Week 14. I expect Miller to pick up right where he left off.

Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts

Tennessee's offense is focusing on a more vertical passing attack, and Cook should benefit mightily. He was targeted a dozen times last week, if that's any evidence. Indy's defense of the position has been on rather shaky ground the last six weeks.

Benjamin Watson, Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Watson is seeing almost seven looks per game in the last month, and he has two touchdowns to show for it. KC should provide him ample PPR work, but I don't expect a lot of yardage. Maybe he can find the end zone again to offer a cheap score.

Tony Moeaki, Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns

KC's passing game is suspect, at best, but Brady Quinn seems to be gaining chemistry with Moeaki, whose matchup is the sixth-best in the league in the past four weeks.

Tony Scheffler, Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers

Titus Young (knee) and Ryan Broyles (knee) are both on Injured Reserve, which means Scheffler will be flexed into the slot role quite often this week. Green Bay is the epitome of the walking wounded right now on D, so even though the stats don't necessarily bear out to a good tight end matchup, Scheffler could find room against this suspect secondary.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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