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Week 9 Choose or Lose: Tight Ends

Last week wasn’t my best week from a choose or lose perspective, but I did get a few of them right in Week 8. Often times it isn’t only about one week, but rather the entire product as well as upcoming games. This week presents a few challenges but there are a couple of names that tend to make the list on one side or the other, and on a weekly basis.


Heath Miller vs. Oakland Raiders

Now that Ben Roethlisberger is back for the Steelers, Miller’s stock has risen. Last week against a tough Bengals‘ defense, Miller had 10 receptions for 105 yards, and he could be in for a solid week against Oakland’s defense. The Raiders also give up the second most fantasy points to opposing tight ends in 2015. It might be about time to consider Miller as an every week start with Big Ben back.

Benjamin Watson vs. Tennessee Titans

Watson is making the Saints forget all about Jimmy Graham, and he has become a major part of the offensive game plan. He has been targeted 27 times and has 23 receptions for 333 yards and two touchdowns in the last three games. While the Titans‘ defense  allows the 17th most fantasy points to tight ends this season, Brees is coming off of a game to remember and could be in for a lot more throws this week at home.


Jordan Cameron vs. Buffalo Bills

Cameron has become non-existent for the Dolphins‘ offense, and he will continue to hold that position against Buffalo in Week 9. The Bills’ defense tends to give up a lot of points to tight ends, but Ryan Tannehill doesn’t even throw him the ball. Cameron might be a lose tight end for the rest of the season.

Kyle Rudolph vs. St. Louis Rams

Rudolph only has 20 receptions this season to go with 145 receiving yards and a whopping three touchdown catches. Even if you are new to fantasy football, you know that those stats through seven games is a recipe for disaster at the tight end position. With so many above-average tight ends this season, you need to try to pick up someone else if Rudolph is your guy. It isn’t too late to make a trade in most leagues, and that is even a more viable option than having Rudolph starting.

On the Bubble

Charles Clay vs. Miami Dolphins

The Bills will have starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor back for this game in Buffalo and the Dolphins don’t have Cameron Wake (Achilles) for this game. What does that mean for Clay? It means he won’t have to block a pass rush as often and can get open in the Miami secondary. When these two teams met in Week 3, Clay had five catches, 82 yards and a touchdown. Expect more of the same this week, but also remember that Week 3 was the last time Clay had a receiving touchdown.

Vernon Davis vs. Indianapolis Colts

The main reason that Davis is on the bubble this week is because he was just traded to the Broncos from San Francisco, and I don’t know how quick he will pick up a new offense. If he does pick it up quickly, he could be a steal off of the waiver wire against the Colts’ defense that has given up the ninth most fantasy points to tight ends.

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