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Odell Beckham Jr

New York Giants

OBJ Gonna Be OK


“An MRI of Beckham’s ankle confirmed that he has no more than a sprained ankle, although the severity of the injury has not been revealed… It appears this is a low left ankle sprain, given that Beckham said he ‘rolled’ the ankle and McAdoo said, ‘We’ll take it day by day.’”

Fantasy Goo: Beckham ranks in the top ten in practically every receiving category. He even has more room for upside too as he saw the 2nd highest Red Zone target share at 35.4% however he only converted 10 catches on such plays.


08/22/17, 08:36 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kareem Hunt

Kansas City Chiefs

Hunt Impressive


Kareem Hunt's preseason week 2 rendered him the nickname "cockroach" - he just doesn't go down. Excerpt from League Winners: “Pro Football Focus rated Hunt as the number one overall running back in this year’s draft class. Hunt generated 986 rushing yards after contact over his career and received the third highest FBS elusive rating in this class.”

Fantasy Goo: Hunt has an 8th round ADP and is a great candidate to break-out as a rookie. Ware may have bell-cow potential, but Hunt will almost certainly take over third-down/pass catching duties out of the backfield.


08/22/17, 07:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

Bills Reportedly Not Entertaining Trade Offers for McCoy


“Bills haven’t entertained traded offers for McCoy, the Bills currently aren’t entertaining offers for McCoy, and the Bills won’t be entertaining trade offers for McCoy. A trade would create only $1 million in net cap space for the Bills, and it would save $6.075 million in cash. But it also would leave the Bills without one of their best players, less than two weeks after trading receiver Sammy Watkins.”

Fantasy Goo: Since the Elliott news McCoy has been seen jumping up into the third spot in several drafts, but since the Watkins trade he’s slid to the mid-back of the first. This report makes it sound like the team wants to build around him, but I’m going to look for a steadier situation with my top of the first-round pick. Many things have changed quickly this off-season, don’t be surprised either way this goes, comments could be a smoke-screen.


08/22/17, 06:34 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


James Conner

Pittsburgh Steelers

Conner Solid in Debut


Steelers rookie RB James Conner rushed 20 times for 98 yards and caught 1-of-4 targets for three yards on his preseason debut Sunday night. This was his first preseason action after being out with a shoulder injury.

Fantasy Goo: Conner is trying to earn himself the back-up role to LeVeon Bell, and he should have a role if Bell does go down at all, but duties will almost certainly be split between Conner and Fitzgerald Tousaint if that were to happen. Conner is a solid dynasty pick in the double digit rounds, especially if the Steelers don’t extend his deal prior to the start of the season.


08/20/17, 09:19 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Kamara Lives Up To Hype Today


“Saints rookie RB Alvin Kamara rushed 5 times for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's preseason game against the Chargers. Kamara's first carry of the game was an explosive 50-yard touchdown run. He was also utilized in the passing game, catching a ball in the flat and scampering for a 20 yard gain.”

Fantasy Goo: This is all against the Chargers second and third string, so don’t get too excited, but it does appear that Kamara could contribute and make this backfield very difficult to predict from week-to-week. Kamara looks to be a very solid dynasty pick in the seventh round.


08/20/17, 09:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Anquan Boldin

Buffalo Bills

Boldin Retires... For Now...


Anquan Boldin left the Bills today and has informed them he is retiring
This almost definitely allows Matthews to work from the slot/flanker role, not that it really changes the Bills plans. From the glimpse of the Bills preseason game I saw, they had Boldin working outside in the X-receiver position, formerly held by Watkins. I have little doubt that Boldin knows he no longer has the physical ability to fulfil the requirements of that position, so he left.

Fantasy Goo: I still think he ends up somewhere, and will vulture enough TD’s to devalue others, but not have enough value on his own to be fantasy viable. Zay Jones is back in play for the late round flyer, and Clay is looking like a good match-up streamer at TE.


08/20/17, 07:53 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Zay Jones

Buffalo Bills

Boldin Retires... For Now...


Anquan Boldin left the Bills today and has informed them he is retiring
This almost definitely allows Matthews to work from the slot/flanker role, not that it really changes the Bills plans. From the glimpse of the Bills preseason game I saw, they had Boldin working outside in the X-receiver position, formerly held by Watkins. I have little doubt that Boldin knows he no longer has the physical ability to fulfil the requirements of that position, so he left.

Fantasy Goo: I still think he ends up somewhere, and will vulture enough TD’s to devalue others, but not have enough value on his own to be fantasy viable. Zay Jones is back in play for the late round flyer, and Clay is looking like a good match-up streamer at TE.


08/20/17, 07:53 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Charles Clay

Buffalo Bills

Boldin Retires... For Now...


Anquan Boldin left the Bills today and has informed them he is retiring
This almost definitely allows Matthews to work from the slot/flanker role, not that it really changes the Bills plans. From the glimpse of the Bills preseason game I saw, they had Boldin working outside in the X-receiver position, formerly held by Watkins. I have little doubt that Boldin knows he no longer has the physical ability to fulfil the requirements of that position, so he left.

Fantasy Goo: I still think he ends up somewhere, and will vulture enough TD’s to devalue others, but not have enough value on his own to be fantasy viable. Zay Jones is back in play for the late round flyer, and Clay is looking like a good match-up streamer at TE.


08/20/17, 07:53 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Jordan Reed (toe) Activated from PUP List


Fantasy Goo: Reed has averaged the most fantasy points per game over the past two seasons and is targeted on a minimum of 15% of his routes. Like Gronk, with Reed you have to assume that he will not play all 16 games, but don’t shy away from Reed because when he was active in 2016 he was a top 10 TE 75% of the time.


08/20/17, 05:45 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell Lookin' To Get PAID!


“Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will report back to team before regular season kicks off, though it remains unclear exactly when.” Bell values himself at about $15mm per year, your move Rooney.

Fantasy Goo: There is no doubt Bell is an elite RB1 when he is active, this hold-out makes me nervous. He might be staying in shape, but there is no way to really simulate game-speed without actually participating with the team. He missed 3 games last year and came in shredding defenses, but that is much different than missing camp completely.


08/18/17, 05:48 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Indy Needs Some Luck


There has been quite a bit of concern about Andrew Luck’s availability to start the season on the active roster after offseason surgery. Hartbeat points out that, “Colts seem confident in Luck for week 1 as they haven't changed their playbook.” There is a concern about his offensive line though as starting C Ryan Kelly is likely to find himself on the designated IR for return after foot surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Luck put together a 2016 season with a career best 71.2 QBR and a 92.4 PFF grade. If he’s healthy he’s a must start, and his ADP has fallen nearly two rounds since August first. He is now being drafted as the eighth QB off the board. Check out the Draft Kit vol.3 to get the full goo.


08/17/17, 08:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Curtis Samuel

Carolina Panthers

Samuel Back in Pads


Curtis Samuel was back in full pads for today's practice (Wednesday), he has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring problem that began as a issue in the spring. He's been out for so long that it's hard to see him having a immediate early-season role.

Fantasy Goo: Samuel is the ultimate utility knife if he can get healthy, he can pick up the big plays vacated by Ginn and match anything fellow rookie McCaffrey does in the passing game.


08/16/17, 08:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jaron Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Jaron Number Two?


Larry Fitzgerald is the No. 1 wideout. Brown? “He’s No. 2 right now,” Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday.
“I’ve been here for a while,” Jaron Brown said. “Every camp is different. We obviously have injuries, and that gives me an opportunity. I just try to take advantage.

Fantasy Goo: I could see Jaron shooting up draft boards, and I like him as a last round dart throw, but this just makes that receiving corps all the more crowded. A torn ACL prevented Jaron from possibly breaking-out last year. Yesterday we thought JJ Nelson would emerge, I’m sure we will be re-visiting this regularly.


08/16/17, 04:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys

Beasley Under the Radar


NFL Next Gen Stats have revealed many of their numbers to the public recently. Hartbeat picked this one out on Twitter: Cole Beasley adding another advanced stat that he thrives in, Top 10 in separation among all pass catchers.

Fantasy Goo: Beasley was one of the most efficient weapons in the NFL last year. His Defense-adjusted Yards above Replacement and Defense-adjusted Value over Average ranked as 5th best among WRs. For more on Beasley and others check out the Pyro Pulse podcast episode 6, WR Tiers.


08/15/17, 05:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

John Brown’s Health Back in Question


WR John Brown looking like sickle cell IS NOT being managed by the Cardinals. Could be another injury plagued season for Brown. Arians said WR John Brown not practicing full time is a concern (He's been participating in certain drills during practice).

Fantasy Goo: JJ Nelson was the WR11 in PPR scoring weeks 13-17, it appears as though we should be drafting Nelson as one of our late round flyers immediately. If the Brown news continues to be negative we will begin to see Nelson’s stock rise. Jaron Brown and Chad Williams are names we should also keep an eye on, but Arians has complained about their lack of performance publicly.


08/15/17, 04:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Maxx Williams

Baltimore Ravens

Maxx Looks Slow, Open Door for Watson


“Tight end Maxx Williams deserves a ton of credit for persevering through a serious knee surgery and getting back onto the field this summer. But in watching him run, it’s still pretty clear that he has a ways to go. He has bulked up and gotten considerably stronger, so it will be interesting to see whether he becomes more of a blocking tight end, assuming he’s on the season-opening roster.”

fantasy Goo: Ben Watson appears to be worth a last round flier. Denis Pitta was the number eight TE overall last year and he only scored 2 TD’s. Watson was the number 6 TE in 2015 with Drew Brees throwing him 6 TD’s.


08/15/17, 03:54 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles

Ryan Matthews Released


After passing his physical earlier today, The Eagles have informed former starting RB Ryan Mathews that he's been released. This move was completely expected, the Eagles save a bunch of money by releasing him now.

Fantasy Goo: Hartbeat would like to see him land in: IND, SF, MIA or CHI (all backup roles). I think the Giants or Ravens should see what he has left in the tank, even if it’s just a few games Matthews is a talented back, he’s just been drenched with injuries. I don’t think the team that picks him up has to pay much for him.


08/15/17, 03:30 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Freeman in Concussion Protocol


Coach Quinn says Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol, will be ruled out for Sunday's game. This really means nothing if he’s back by next week, but if this lingers like Jay Ajayi’s concussion, Coleman might actually be worth his draft value in the sixth round.

Fantasy Goo: Despite being only 206 lbs he had the 3rd most RZ carries with 53. Although Coleman is an extremely strong receiver Freeman was still top 5 in catches among RBs on only a 63% snap share.


08/14/17, 04:34 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette Battling Same Issues


Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette suffered a foot injury and HC Doug Marrone said team intends to be "careful with him." Fournette battled a recurring foot/ankle injury throughout his final season at LSU. It was a real problem most of the year.

Fantasy Goo: Fournette was clocked running 22.9 MPH at LSU last season, for reference Tyreek Hill was the NFLs fastest player at 23.2MPH. It appears as though Jacksonville is being cautious, but rookies need to get on the field and learn the nuances of the NFL, especially pass blocking.


08/14/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Matthews Must Play With Pain


Bills' WR Jordan Mathews has what team is calling "a chip fracture in his sternum" and is week to week.
The good news is that it’s just a pain tolerance issue. The bad news is that it can be pretty painful.

Fantasy Goo: Matthews move to Buffalo had very little effect on his projections, but with lack of practice with his new team he will almost certainly get off to a slow start. Check the Pyro Pulse Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/14/17, 03:29 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Thursday Night Fantasy Football - Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens

Thursday Night Fantasy Football - Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens

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Thursday Night Football - Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens

 

 

 

Thursday Night Game – Week 4

 

Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens – 7:20pm CT on NFL Network

 


Quarterbacks

 


Brandon WeedenWeeden hasn’t been all that bad as far as rookie QBs go, but he’s still a far cry from even being discussed as a fantasy option this season. The Browns are still pretty bad, though, which has Brandon passing the ball a ton (110 attempts, tied for 10th in the NFL), so the possibility of his having games like the 322-yard, 2-TD effort he had in Week 2 is always there. However, the chances of it happening are not only decreased by the Browns inept receiving corps, but are pretty much nil against a Ravens defense tied for the fewest passing TDs allowed (2) through three weeks of action.

 

Fantasy Call – The only way Brandon Weeden would ever crack your fantasy lineup this week is if you play in a 16-team, two-QB league… and even then I would think twice. The last time a Browns quarterback threw for more than 200 yards or a single TD against Baltimore was back in 2008 when Derek Anderson tossed up two TDs and 219 yards.

 

 

Joe FlaccoAfter three weeks of the 2012 NFL season, Joe Flacco ranks second in the league in passing yards with 913 and is tied for fifth with six touchdowns passes. Obviously, the Ravens new up-tempo offensive system is working wonders for Flacco’s fantasy stock as his Week 3 performance now sets him firmly within the top-10 fantasy QBs. Last week I begged for readers not to jump off the wagon with Joe Cool because of his poor Week 2 performance, and I hope you all listened. This week, though a short one, he’ll be facing a Browns defense that is one of only five teams to not allow a single rushing touchdown on the season. I mention this because they also happen to be tied for second-worst in the league allowing EIGHT passing TDs through three games (along with 281 passing yards/game).

 

Fantasy Call – I know it still sounds crazy, but Joe Flacco is a guy you really want to get in your starting lineup this week. Ray Rice will get his work in—no doubt about that—but the Browns ability to keep RUNNING BACKS out of the endzone is for real as they’ve been good in that area for a few years running. Basically, if the Ravens are going to score (I’m guessing at least 30 points as they’ve averaged 32.7 this season), Flacco will likely be the one doing it and should give his fantasy owners enough of a reason to feel good heading into the weekend’s games.

 

 

Running Backs

 

 

Trent RichardsonIf there’s one thing that remains constant in fantasy football, it’s that rookies, especially running backs, will have their ups and downs throughout their first NFL season. Even Cam Newton—who was possibly the best fantasy rookie ever—had a few off-games last season. Strange as it sounds, even though Richardson had just 27 rushing yards last weekend against the Bills and only 39 back in Week 1, he still ranks as a top-10 RB in both standard-scoring AND PPR leagues because he gets all the touches and scores you the touchdowns. In fact, the only other running back to receive a handoff this season was Chris Ogbonnaya who saw one carry for six yards last weekend.

 

Fantasy Call – Baltimore has been pretty stellar against the rush throughout the years and has allowed just 3.36 yards/carry so far this season, but they do seem to be susceptible to the rushing TD as they’ve already allowed four in 2012 after jumping into the double-digits last season for the first time since 2002. That being said, I’m betting the Ravens focus their energy on stopping Richardson and make Brandon Weeden beat them, so Trent may not be the soundest of plays this week. Look for a better option at your RB2 position this week and use him as a flex if your league allows for it.

 

Montario Hardesty/ Chris Ogbonnaya/Brandon Jackson Like I said above with Richardson, only one of these three backs has a carry this year and it’s Ogbonnaya with ONE.

 

Fantasy Call – I’m thinking soccer is more your sport if you’re even considering this option.

 

 

Ray RiceRice continued to do his normal fantasy damage last Sunday night putting up 150 total yards (101 rushing) along with a rushing TD and five receptions. His consistent high-end fantasy production is a dream for fantasy owners and won’t be thwarted this Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns. In fact, back in Week 9 of his rookie 2008 season, Rice put up his first 100-yard game (154 yards on 21 carries) against the Browns and has enjoyed playing against them ever since. The Ravens new up-tempo offense has given Rice a little more room to do his stuff out there and while the Browns have been pretty good against the rush thus far, they’ll be in over their heads this week after allowing Tashard Choice to rush for the third-most yards in his career in only three quarters of the game.

 

Fantasy Call – Not only is he one of the more solid RB1 plays this week, he might just be the fantasy gem of the bunch.

 

Bernard Pierce – Pierce looks like a pretty good backup RB at this point and is getting in the game for an average of four touches per game, but won’t really be fantasy factor unless Rice gets hurt.

 

Fantasy Call – Unless you’re in a 16-team league and need about 20 yards and a remote chance at a TD, keep him stashed on your bench as a handcuff.

 

 

Wide Receivers


 

Greg LittleOnce again, Greg Little finds himself back in the doghouse due to his recurring bout with the dropsies. He’s been targeted 15 times so far, yet has only caught seven balls (with two drops) this season for a paltry 74 yards and one TD. Nothing else seems to have changed from last year either, as he continues to disappoint fantasy owners with bad games after every week in which he shows a little promise.

 

Fantasy Call – He’s still a massive man and a real nice talent, but until he cures his problem with catching the ball, he’s almost unplayable in fantasy leagues. If you need to take a chance with your WR3/flex position, go ahead, but don’t expect much as it took him two games to put up seven catches on 14 targets for 58 yards against the Ravens last year. Not good.

 

Mohamed MassaquoiAs usual, Massaquoi showed a little fantasy promise for the first couple of weeks of the season catching eight passes for 131 yards including a 90-yard effort in Week 2. However, there’s nothing more assured of in an NFL season than a Massaquoi injury, which is exactly what happened last week when Mohamed left the game in the third quarter with a bum hamstring.

 

Fantasy Call – If you were one of the few who fell for his quick start, you’ve learned your lesson and will never make the mistake again. Either way, he’s not worth your time against the Ravens this week.

 

Josh GordonGordon certainly has promise and might be the most talented wide receiver on the team, but he’s still a touch raw and will need at least 8-10 games before he becomes even remotely comfortable with the speed of the NFL.

 

Fantasy Call – If you have room on your bench, keep him stashed. Otherwise, there are better options out there to grab right now.

 

Travis BenjaminBenjamin is easily the best skitterbug of the bunch and most likely to create off a quick screen of some sort, but he hasn’t been involved enough yet to consider him even worth a pickup.

 

Fantasy Call – Sit him and stash him if you have him in a dynasty league.

 

Josh CribbsAt least as a receiver, you can put a fork in him…

 

Fantasy Call – …he’s done.

 

 

Torrey SmithI don’t think you can say enough about Torrey Smith and the circumstances in which he performed last Sunday night. Just to suit up was an accomplish in itself, but to grab six balls for 127 yards and TWO touchdowns in a win over your rival Patriots… well, that was pretty f’ing special. As for this week, he’s never the best PPR guy for your fantasy team, but with the Browns still without CB Joe Haden in the lineup, Cleveland can be thrown on all day long as they’ve already allowed the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season.

 

Fantasy Call – He’s looking a LOT like a WR1 type of play this week as the Browns have had a crapload of trouble covering WRs with speed this season. Start him with confidence unless new breaks that he’ll be missing the game for any sort of personal reason.

 

Anquan BoldinBoldin has been consistent as a WR3 for fantasy teams, but hasn’t had that big game to make you want to take the chance on him each week. He’s still a viable threat within this offense, as shown by his Week 1 performance grabbing four balls for 63 yards and a TD, but it’s become quite obvious that he no longer possesses the BIG week ability to make anyone scared to face him. He’s also slowed down another notch this season, and because the players in the league have become so big, his size no longer makes a difference.

 

Fantasy Call – In 2010, Boldin had an eight-catch, 142-yard, three-TD game against the Browns, though last season, he was only available for one of their matchups and put up a stinker with two catches for 32 yards. Against a weak team like Cleveland, Boldin is worth a shot as your WR3/flex as the Browns will undoubtedly be paying more attention to Torrey Smith and Ray Rice throughout the game. Not the sexiest play here, but it could be worth it.

 

 

Tight Ends

 

 

Ben WatsonWatson is over the hill and being pushed out of the starting lineup by Mr. Jordan Cameron as we speak. His four catches on eight targets for 15 yards last week and seven catches for 51 yards on the season pretty much speak for themselves.


Fantasy Call – In a 16-team league? Maybe. Nah, probably not.


Jordan CameronCameron is going to be a tight end to be reckoned with this season as he finally got in the game last week and caught five balls for 45 yards on seven targets. He’s a far superior athlete than Ben Watson at this point in their careers and should continue to get looks from Weeden as the season rolls along.


Fantasy Call – Baltimore has experienced a bit of a problem with a more athletic tight end, so Cameron might actually put up some decent stats here IF the coaches have finally decided to move on from Watson. That said, I want to see it translate into fantasy points first before advocating his playing time. The Browns have a tough time scoring, so don’t expect this to be Jordan’s breakout game against a tough D like the Ravens.

 


Dennis PittaUmmmm, Dennis Pitta is kind of a beast, fellas. Like I said last week, he isn’t coming out of nowhere, but he’s certainly been one of the bigger surprises of this young 2012 season. He still leads the league in targets for tight ends (31, tied with Jimmy Graham) and is second in receptions with 18 (Gonzo has 21, Graham has 17). I’ll say it again as well—the reason behind his sudden ascension is two-fold:  The Ravens move to an up-tempo offense and Dennis Pitta’s role within that offense is the first reason. His role, quite simply, is what the New England Patriots did with Aaron Hernandez in that they move Pitta all over the field using him as a receiver both out wide and in the slot as opposed to lining him up next to the offensive tackle to block. The second reason is that he’s actually a really good receiver for the position and can make plays with his athleticism at 6’4”, 245-pounds. If they continue to deploy this type of tactic with him, Pitta could be a fixture as your TE1 for the remainder of the season.


Fantasy Call – The Browns have been decent against tight ends the past few seasons, but won’t be able to hang with him in the Ravens new scheme. He’s come up with TE1 numbers for two out of three weeks now (TE2 in the other week) and should be used as such. If you believe in Flacco the way I do, you’ll also believe in Pitta.


Ed DicksonDickson, though also considered a very athletic NFL tight end, has been relegated to blocking duties within the Ravens offense and has seen not even a third of the targets that Pitta has on the season. He’ll be worth a look if Pitta gets injured again, but probably isn’t even worth rostering at this point with so much talent at the position nowadays.


Fantasy Call – Don’t just sit him—drop him for someone else with a lot more breakout potential…at ANY position.

 

 


 

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