Fantasy Football On Target: Harry Douglas soars, Jimmy Graham ... sore

by Tim Heaney on October 29, 2013 @ 12:01:35 PDT

 

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Tight ends

Week 8 utilizations
Rk
Player
Tm
Wk 8
1
Jordan Reed
WAS
14
2
Scott Chandler
BUF
11
3
Charles Clay
MIA
9
4
Tony Gonzalez
ATL
8
5
Timothy Wright
TB
8
6
Brandon Pettigrew
DET
6
7
Heath Miller
PIT
6
8
Jared Cook
STL
6
9
Lance Kendricks
STL
5
10
Rob Gronkowski
NE
5

WAIVER WIRE: Scott Chandler worked with teammate Stevie Johnson in taking advantage of middle-of-the-field receptions. Buffalo Bills quarterback Thaddeus Lewis hasn't been shy about throwing, and with C.J. Spiller's ankle injury jeopardizing his availability again, he'll have to rely on Chandler as a quasi-run-game complement to Fred Jackson. In PPRs, Chandler is gaining some value.

Tony G's lack of stats wasn't due to a lack of looks. It's simply that he's now the key of defenses in taking out the Falcons' aerial game. If Gonzalez is traded by the Falcons, he could come into a better situation to capitalize on the attention he'd receive. Maybe a reunion with his old Chiefs mates will jump-start his production.

WAIVER WIRE: With the season-ending Injured Reserve placement of Mike Williams (hamstring), Timothy Wright should continue acting as the top complement to Vincent Jackson on Mike Glennon's progression. The Buccaneers' lack of a running game should keep the big-armed Glennon busy.

Brandon Pettigrew didn't get many threats for PT from Joseph Fauria because Jim Schwartz wanted to exploit the Dallas Cowboys' nickel defense with three-wide sets. Pettigrew is still the top Detroit Lions tight end but has a limited ceiling most weeks because of Fauria's presence as a TD vulture. It's a risky venture to bank on one of them.

The Rams have been deploying many two-TE sets, and that should continue with the statuesque Kellen Clemens behind center. Ala the Lions' setup, Lance Kendricks hurts Jared Cook's weekly potential.

Sebastian Vollmer's broken leg might keep Rob Gronkowski in to block more frequently for the suddenly shaky New England Patriots. Tom Brady's troublesome hand injury (reports vary on the severity), passing technique and protection might wind up taking some targets away from Gronk every week.

  • Jimmy Graham's partially torn plantar fascia will limit his involvement as he plays through the pain. He scored two touchdowns on his three receptions, and he wasn't on the field often. The Saints have plenty of options so that they can limit Graham's time to red-zone and third-down reps until he proves he can get better. He's still a must-start in nearly every league, but he won't be at his elite pace anytime soon. This could be a boon for Moore's value.
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