Week Nine fantasy tips: TEs

Posted Nov. 01, 2012 @ 3:28 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The PFW staff's late-week fantasy tips for tight ends say Jermaine Gresham, Greg Olsen and Jared Cook are all strong starting options this week, while there may be a sleeper in Indianapolis.

The Broncos’ defense is strong, but it has surrendered three TDs to tight ends in its last two games — two to Antonio Gates in Week Six, and one to Jimmy Graham in Week Eight. In short, Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham isn’t a bad starting option in the least this week.

The Redskins’ defense allowed another two touchdowns to tight ends in Week Eight, and Panthers TE Greg Olsen, despite his up-and-down production, merits a start vs. Washington. It’s a great matchup for Olsen vs. a pass defense that is ranked dead last in the league.

Titans TE Jared Cook requested to be traded this week, but the Titans have no intentions of granting him his wish. Cook has been one of Tennessee’s most consistent receiving options this season — even though he has been underutilized — and it will be fascinating to see if there is a more concerted effort to get him involved in the offense following him voicing his dissatisfaction. Cook doesn’t have a great fantasy matchup against the formidable Bears Sunday, but he is an intriguing fantasy option nonetheless.

The Jaguars haven’t surrendered a TD to an opposing tight end all season. Nevertheless, it’s tough to sit the Lions’ Brandon Pettigrew, who racked up 74 yards on seven catches in Week Eight. Pettigrew has been targeted 57 times in seven games.
 
In the first meeting with Cleveland, Ravens TE Dennis Pitta was targeted a season-low two times, and he didn’t catch a pass. While Pitta’s targets have really fallen off after a fast start, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he got more opportunities in the rematch vs. Cleveland. After all, Pitta has had at least four catches in five of Baltimore’s seven games.

With Coby Fleener expected to miss a few weeks with a shoulder injury, fellow rookie Dwayne Allen’s fantasy value gets a nice spike. Allen has been a weapon in the red zone this season, and he is an interesting fantasy option if you’re facing bye week questions.