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Audibles – Week 10

A bye week is upon us for some pretty good tight ends. Do you know who to plug in? I have
Jordan Cameron

and
Rob Gronkowski

in a few leagues on a bye.

In my oldest league that dates back to 1992, I had a real impulse move this week. I dropped
Garrett Graham

who I had chosen as a bye week fill-in half an hour before kickoff in favor of
John Carlson

.

I remember
John Carlson

from 2008 and 2009 when he played for the Seattle Seahawks. The guy was a beast, scoring in four games straight at the end of 2009 against pretty good competition. He played sparingly in 2010 and missed all of 2011-2012 after signing a big deal with Minnesota.  I bounced the idea off of my inner circle which is composed of one great football mind, and co-workers who usually ask me for advice. No one liked the idea as much as I did.
 
I came to a quick decision that I was solid enough in my lineup that I could gamble. It paid dividends to the tune of 7/98/1. Grab Him if you can, as he looks solid, and with

Kyle Rudolph

on the shelf he is a solid commodity going forward.

My other leagues didn’t have that kind of strength in the lineups so I considered these tight ends:

1.
Garrett Graham



TE Houston Texans

While I agree that Arizona will give

Case Keenum

fits this week, If there’s one Achilles’ heel, it’s covering the tight end. Graham makes an above average start this week to a team that ranks dead last to fantasy points given to tight ends.

I see an iffy
Arian Foster

that I don’t trust, and a
Ben Tate

that is one solid hit away from the IR with those broken ribs. At one point I saw Tate slide last week behind the first down marker. I don’t think he makes any sense in the starting rotation with an injury like that. That leaves
Dennis Johnson

as the only healthy back. I think if Houston is to even compete in this game it will be through the passing game. Graham is a high end TE2 this week.

2. Tim Wright TE Tampa Bay Buccanneers

This one is easy to recognize. Wright has scored in two straight contests and draws a favorable matchup against Miami this week. The running game will flourish and it will set up a nice play action tight-end-love end zone dance.

Wright is averaging five targets per week. I think 50 yards and a score is a real possibility.

3.
Coby Fleener



TE Indianapolis Colts

The matchup isn’t great but the Colts are missing steady
Reggie Wayne

. His targets have to go some place right? Why not Fleener? I think
Trent Richardson

showed last week that his game was the screen pass on the perimeter. That will continue this week and speedy
T.Y. Hilton

will draw lots of attention deep which leaves the seam. How about a strategic game of chess? Running back to perimeter flat route, Hilton on a post, and Fleener to the seam…. Check and mate.

I keep hearing that
Darrius Heyward-Bey

spends hours catching balls from the machine. He drops far too many balls in games. I hear he’s nursing an injury as well. It’s enough to plug in Fleener and expect some production against a suspect Rams defense. Fleener’s 21.33 yards per catch was eye popping last week.

Thanks for the read folks! Michael Sarmento is a proud member of Fantasy Sharks Team of talented writers and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

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