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Last week was a success once again! I am nailing a position that has been nothing if not inconsistent all season. I’m not taking the chalk, but I am identifying the less obvious and hitting them out of the park! Last week, I hit on Scotty Boom-Boom Chandler. I really hope you listened and started him in either DFS or season-long leagues. I projected Chandler to catch at least one touchdown and have average yardage. He finished with four catches, 61 yards and one touchdown and was only fifth in team targets!

Benjamin Watson was last week’s “Who I Like Less” and I argue that he didn’t have a great game despite scoring a touchdown. Watson was targeted eight times and caught four of them for 38 yards but did score a touchdown as I said. He was second on the team in targets last week and did little with them. Game flow was in his favor and it was a shoot out, but he still produced very mediocre numbers.

This week I will lock in another stud and help you stay away from a playoff dud. Who is the stud you ask?  Let’s turn our attention to the So-Called Fantasy Experts Tight End Rankings and look no further than Austin Seferian-Jenkins. A man who waited weeks to feel 100 percent healthy, one who frustrated all of us who owned him, but he will make amends!  He is the seventh ranked TE this week but will perform like the overall No. 1!

On a sadder note, I feel like we are about ready to have a memorial for Matt Ryan, and unfortunately Jacob Tamme will be mourning the most. Matt Ryan is absolutely killing the value of his receivers, which includes Tamme. I have very little faith in the Atlanta offense especially this week as they play the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are going to make every effort to set their defense right after last week’s sub-par performance versus the Saints.

Now, let’s take a look at Who I like More and Less this week and why!

 

Week 14 Tight End Rankings Reaction

Who I Like More

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Bucs vs. New Orleans Saints

Have you ever eaten a cupcake and purposely avoided the creamy middle because it is the best part? Well, the New Orleans Saints are the cream inside the cupcake when it comes to defending tight ends. The Saints are now at the top of the list in terms of being the worst in the NFL at defending the tight end position. They have now eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark for TE yardage against and they have also given up double-digit touchdowns (10).

ASJ has great talent and has a quarterback that can get him the ball with ease and will do so this week. Another encouraging factor contributing to the success of ASJ is the Vegas total of 51 for this game, and it has been climbing! There are plenty of touchdowns that will be scored this week and most will be on Tampa’s side. I am so confident in this pick that I just picked up ASJ myself and I am starting him this week, which is a playoff week for me. The last time Jameis Winston played against a horrible defense was against the Philadelphia Eagles game in Week 11. He absolutely tore that defense apart as he threw five touchdowns and had a passer rating of 131.  I am expecting at least one touchdown but leaning toward two this week as ASJ leads us to the next round of the playoffs!

Who I Like Less

 

Jacob Tamme, Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers

Run for the hills!  I would avoid Jacob Tamme as much as possible this week. He is the 13th-ranked TE and that might be a bit generous for a player who has been ice cold as has his quarterback. In the past three weeks, Tamme has caught one, five and three passes for a grand total of nine receptions, and of course he scored his last and only touchdown in Week 8! Ugh.   To make things worse, the Panthers have given up only five touchdowns to tight ends all season and they aren’t kind to quarterbacks. Matt Ryan’s career average against the Panthers looks like this:  253 yards passing and 1.5 touchdowns and 23 completions. Those are not encouraging numbers if we project them for this week’s games.  Again, considering Tamme has scored one TD all year, how can we have any faith in his production?  There are just too many factors playing against Tamme and this offense, so I can’t endorse using him as I expect absolutely horrid numbers for him this week.    

Now is the time to make the right decisions, not to overthink line-ups and do not try to be a hero. Start the guys that brought you this far unless of course you go to the waiver wire and pick up ASJ.  Good luck!
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