Oct 19, 2012
The toughest part about a week in which six teams are on bye is that some players that we’d normally recommend benching are starts simply because of diluted playing pool. Now, some of the names on this list are big names, as usual, because we’re not going to recommend benching somebody who you already know should be benched. This list is for the guys who you think could start but find themselves with a bad situation. Take Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, for example. He’s averaged 19 fantasy points a game in his last three games and looked good last week on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles. Yet, Stafford finds himself on this list.
TIGHT ENDS - SIT ‘EM
Greg Olsen (Carolina Panthers) vs. Dallas
Tight ends go as their quarterback goes, and unfortunately for Greg Olsen of the Carolina Panthers that hasn’t been too well this season. With Cam Newton struggling Olsen’s production has been all over the board, like in Week 5 when he caught just two passes for 37 yards and no touchdowns. Olsen has been a popular pickup this week for teams currently with their starting tight end on bye, but he has a bad matchup with the the Dallas Cowboys. In their last three games the Cowboys are giving up an average of just five fantasy points per game to tight ends. With Newton’s inconsistency it’s hard to justify Olsen especially given the matchup.
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Dennis Pitta (Baltimore Ravens) @ Houston
The first three weeks of the season were terrific for Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta. During that time he averaged 13 fantasy points per game, and scored 10 or more fantasy points in each of those games. In the last three weeks, however, Pitta has caught just seven passes for 55 yards and no touchdowns. The Houston Texans were torched by the Green Bay Packers last week but Jermichael Finley was limited to two catches. The Texans have given up four touchdowns to tight ends over the last four weeks, but just because the matchup is good does not make Pitta a good play this week. He has become less targeted and isn’t a reliable option moving forward.