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 11 to Week 14, unless otherwise specified.
Fantasy football busts: Tight ends
Chris Cooley, Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Typically one of the safest tight end fantasy plays in terms of targets, Cooley had at least eight looks and five receptions in the three games before Week 14, when he mustered two catches on four looks. He has been effective versus Dallas, catching six passes for 80 yards in his Week 1 meeting with them.
- Cooley might salvage his Week 15 numbers in point-per-reception leagues, but Dallas has been a stalwart against the position recently, giving up only 4.25 catches and 40.8 yards per game - without any touchdowns - to tight ends from the Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles. That's steady competition in that positional realm.
Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
Blocking may limit his involvement
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Michael Vick sought out Celek just twice last week against the Dallas Cowboys; that workload more closely represented most of Celek's season with Vick at the helm. The tight end had been targeted 14 times in his previous two contests, catching half of those looks.
- He wasn't targeted in his Week 11 matchup with the G-men. He'll probably need to stay in and block New York's potent pass rush, in order to protect Philly's athletic QB. The Giants already present one of the worst fantasy matchups for opposing tight ends, holding them out of the end zone and giving up just 3.50 catches and 35.8 yards per game.
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