A careful analysis of one of my fantasy teams revealed the following: I’m being sunk by my running backs and tight ends.
The Raiders’ Darren McFadden is officially a lost cause for me at running back, and I’ve been upended at tight end with the Patriots’ Aaron Hernandez and the Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph. Hernandez has had injury issues and Rudolph, following a promising start, has recently been invisible.
Here is some help at both positions.
Joel Dreessen, TE, Denver: The most sought-after Denver tight end during fantasy drafts wasn’t Dreessen, it was Jacob Tamme. Tamme previously played with the Colts and Peyton Manning, so it was natural to think their quarterback-receiver relationship would translate to a new team. In Week 1, that theory panned out as Tamme racked up 65 yards and a touchdown. But he hasn’t scored since, and he has eclipsed three receptions only three times. Dreessen isn’t an elite receiver but he does have four touchdowns in Denver’s last six games.
Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis: Allen has a chance to increase his production now that fellow tight end Coby Fleener is out with an injured shoulder. Allen hasn’t had more than 9 fantasy points in any game, and the Colts played Thursday night, so he’ll likely remain available even after Week 10.
Brandon Myers, TE, Oakland: Before he caught two touchdown passes against Tampa Bay, no one talked about Myers, and that was a mistake. He has been piling up yardage and obviously has a rapport with quarterback Carson Palmer. Myers has 23 receptions for 214 yards in Oakland’s last four games.
Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego: Mathews is a bust. He hasn’t rushed for 100 yards in any game, he has only one touchdown, and San Diego has other backs that see time at the goal line (Jackie Battle) and in the passing game (Ronnie Brown).
Marcel Reece, RB, Oakland: Reece is a fullback with only one carry but he’s suddenly a commodity after McFadden and Mike Goodson — the Raiders’ first- and second-string runners — suffered high ankle sprains. Don’t bother; Reece is too one-dimensional (he’s a good receiver) to trust.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Cincinnati: With 56 rushing yards and a touchdown against Denver, Green-Ellis produced his second-best fantasy performance of 2012: 11 points. That’s about as good as it gets these days for “The Law Firm.” Ed Ryan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @EdzoRyan