In this article KFFL breaks down fantasy football busts of the week. Some high-level players will be included, because you need to know when is time to sit a player even though it may not seem appropriate. Primarily, however, we will address the midrange to low-end fantasy options that you rack your brain over each week. Read on to learn which of these players that you wouldn't want in your lineup.
Note: All statistical averages are from Week 9 to Week 12, unless otherwise specified.
Fantasy football busts: Tight ends
Chris Cooley, Washington Redskins at New York Giants
Cooley could be icy this week
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Cooley has averaged 5.00 catches and 54.3 yards per game but hasn't found paydirt. He scored a touchdown on seven catches and 68 yards in his Week 1 meeting last year with the Giants. Washington hasn't faced Washington this year, though, and New York's pass rush is back to its formerly dangerous levels; Cooley will probably have to stay in often to protect Donovan McNabb.
- The Giants have been tough against the position overall, allowing just 2.25 catches and 24.3 yards per game to tight ends. No one at the position has scored on New York, including the Jacksonville Jaguars' Marcedes Lewis and the Dallas Cowboys' Jason Witten, who each had underwhelming performances.
Greg Olsen, Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Olsen caught four passes for 37 yards against Detroit in Week 1. He has seen seven red zone targets in the last four weeks but has only 11 catches and 20 targets overall in that time. His value derives from touchdowns - his solitary reception last week happened to be a nine-yard score.
- The Lions' secondary has been spotty but hasn't been tortured by tight ends. The position hasn't found the end zone against Detroit and has averaged just 3.75 catches and 36.3 yards.
- Olsen's red zone use gives you reason to keep putting him your lineup, but his bust factor remains high.
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