Week Four fantasy tips: TEs

Posted Sept. 27, 2012 @ 3:13 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The PFW staff offers its late-week fantasy TE tips, where Kyle Rudolph and Dennis Pitta are rising and Owen Daniels is a reliable option, but Jason Witten must be benched.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (thigh) didn’t practice Wednesday, but it’s considered something of a precautionary measure. He’s likely to start Sunday and should be a prime target again, especially as a checkdown and quick-hit option with the pressure-heavy Lions on the schedule. He’s becoming an every-week fantasy starter before our eyes.

Cowboys TE Jason Witten had another week plagued by drops, and his overall play has been bad by his own admission through three games. Time to deal in reality: To this point, he has not been a quality fantasy tight end. If you have another option, it’s time to sit Witten until he proves otherwise.

TE Owen Daniels remains a critical part of the Texans’ offense, and he found pay dirt for the first time in Week Three, bulling his way past the goal line for a 14-yard score. Daniels should be in your fantasy lineup in Week Four, as the Texans host a Titans “D” that has been consistently exploited by TEs dating back to last season. The Titans held Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew out of the endzone in Week Three, but they have still surrendered five TDs to opposing TEs through three weeks.

Ravens TE Dennis Pitta leads the Ravens in targets (31) and catches (18), and he’s also tied for the team lead in TD receptions (two). He’s getting enough opportunities to be a consistent starting option no matter the fantasy-football format.

Anthony Fasano had five catches for 47 yards against the Jets last week on a team-high 10 targets. Ryan Tannehill clearly likes the safety valve of having Fasano, and Charles Clay has yet to make an impact at all. The Dolphins face a tough defense this week against Arizona, but expect Fasano to continue to get his targets.

Keep a close eye on Cardinals TE Rob Housler, who displayed a sparkling fantasy flash in the win over the Eagles with a nifty one-handed grab for a first down. Housler could be a fantasy weapon on the rise, especially if fellow Cardinals TE Todd Heap continues to have knee issues. 

Browns TE Jordan Cameron was targeted seven times in Week Three, catching 5-45-0. The TE position is quite deep this season, so Cameron’s probably not on the radar of most fantasy owners just yet, but he has some talent. Owners in bigger fantasy leagues might want to keep an eye on him.