Fantasy football busts: TE - Week 17

by Tim Heaney on December 30, 2010 @ 12:21:00 PDT


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 13 to Week 16, unless otherwise specified.

Fantasy football busts: Tight ends

Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • The Pro Bowler has caught at least three passes in all but three games this year and in each of his last seven games. With David Garrard (finger) out for Week 17, Trent Edwards will step in and, as a result, could increase Lewis' involvement.
  • While Houston's pass D has been one of the worst in the league, they haven't been so kind against tight ends recently: 2.00 catches and 26.0 yards per game without a touchdown. Wide receivers have had a much better go at them, so that'll probably be where Jacksonville does most of its damage.

Benjamin Watson, Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Benjamin Watson, TE, Cleveland Browns
No Polamalu isn't so bad

Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex

  • Watson left Week 16 with a leg injury and didn't have a solid game otherwise with just three catches for 22 yards. Two of his previous three games saw him have at least seven catches and 92 receiving yards, and he's thankful Colt McCoy is back at quarterback. Watson also did well in his Week 6 showing against Pittsburgh with 6-88-1.
  • The Steelers haven't been kind to tight ends recently, though, allowing only 3.00 catches and 17.5 yards per game to them. Many of them probably have to stay in to block Pittsburgh's great pass rush. Also, with strong safety Troy Polamalu (Achilles') out of action, there has been less freelancing in the secondary, meaning tight ends are typically accounted for. Polamalu might return, which could negate this trend, but Dick LeBeau's system remains a hard unit to score against.
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