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.
Fantasy football busts: Tight ends
Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 2
- Many think it's blasphemous to even consider benching Tony G. In this case, it may be more of a "temper your expectations" mindset, but if you have a strong backup, this may be a decent week to consider sitting Gonzo.
- Against tight ends, the Niners have allowed the third lowest average in receiving yards per game (25.5) and are one of several teams that have not allowed a score. They faced the Arizona Cardinals, who rarely use the tight end, but have also squared off against the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams, who each boast at least a competent component at the position.
Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 2
- The Soldier has had a quiet two-week stretch, combining for just five catches and 35 yards against the Washington Redskins and New York Giants after a productive opening pair of contests (12-120-2 combined).
- The Iggles present another difficult positional matchup. They have allowed the fifth fewest receiving yards (34.3) and are one of several teams to have prevented tight ends from hitting paydirt. Though they also played two teams that generally don't use the position, Philly held the New Orleans Saints' Jeremy Shockey to a 4-49-0 day in Week 2.
- Winslow was targeted only three times in quarterback Josh Johnson's first game as a starter. It's tough to tell whether the more mobile Johnson will help or hurt Winslow's production, but Johnson doesn't appear afraid to spread the ball around a bit.
NEW - John Carlson, Seattle Seahawks vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Will the Jags slow down Carlson?
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
Regardless of who's piloting this offense, Carlson has been a major factor, averaging 8.00 targets per week. He hasn't found the end zone since a two-touchdown Week 1, though.
- The Jags have allowed 5.25 catches per game to this position, which is tied for the 11th highest average, but they've been stingy against them elsewhere. Jacksonville comes in near the top in terms of fantasy matchups in receiving yards (42.3) and scoring grabs (0.25) yielded per game to tight ends.
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