In the late-week fantasy tips for tight ends, the PFW staff recommends Brandon Myers and Scott Chandler for strong weeks, while Owen Daniels should be fine to play Sunday night in Chicago.
Believe it or not, the Raiders’ Brandon Myers is fifth among tight ends in receiving with 442 yards. He scored his first career TD last week vs. the Bucs, and actually scored again before the game was over. Myers was limited in practice Wednesday with a shoulder injury, but he’s expected to play Sunday vs. the Ravens and fits well as a low-end No. 1 TE in deeper formats. QB Carson Palmer is becoming more and more trusting of the breakout fourth-year veteran.
Texans TE Owen Daniels, who leads Houston in receiving TDs (five) and is second in receiving yards (478), did not practice on Wednesday because of a back/hip injury. However, our sources indicate that Daniels, who hails from the Chicago suburb of Naperville, will have to be dead not to suit up against the Bears Sunday night.
Scott Chandler is not what fantasy owners are looking for because of his inconsistency, but he is a good option in Week 10 against the Patriots. Chandler had four catches for 62 yards and two touchdowns against New England in Week Four and scored in one of their meetings last season.
Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham hasn’t been a big TD threat this season (two in eight games), but he has a catch of more than 50 yards in two of the last three games, and he exceeded 100 yards for the first time in his NFL career in Week Nine. Moreover, the 2011 Pro Bowler is second on the Bengals in targets (51).
Ravens TE Dennis Pitta has gained exactly 33 receiving yards in each of the last three games. That’s not going to inspire a lot of attention on the waiver wire. Nevertheless, he could be a decent big-league play this week, considering how the Raiders are struggling on defense.
It’s not fun to try to pick which Broncos tight end to go with, Jacob Tamme or Joel Dreessen. Tamme has eight more catches and 62 more receiving yards, but Dreessen has four touchdowns compared to Tamme’s one, and the touchdown vulture is a slightly better start with that in mind.
You can’t feel great about what we saw from Eagles TE Brent Celek Sunday night, including a red-zone fumble and a dropped pass (it wasn’t perfectly thrown, but still) that tipped off his hands into those of Saints CB Patrick Robinson, who made it a 14-point swing with an INT return for score. That might not earn Celek a lot of looks in the red zone going forward, starting with Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.