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Down the Seam: Top 5 Fantasy tight ends for week 12

Lets get right to it! The top 5 fantasy options at tight end this week.

5. Julius Thomas vs Dolphins

Thomas missed the majority of last weeks game verses the Rams and it was evident just how much he played a part in Denver’s offense. With Thomas out and Emmanuel Sanders leaving early, the Broncos couldn’t get things going on offense and the Rams were able to pull away victorious. This week against a soft Dolphins defense the Broncos should get back on track, complete with Thomas. He’s listed as questionable, but is not in a walking boot and was seen in basketball shoes so all signs are pointing at him being able to go Sunday. The Dolphins haven’t had the best of luck against tight ends this season and will have a hard time against one of the best.

4. Vernon Davis vs Redskins

The Redskins are absolutely turrible in all aspects. It’s almost embarrassing. Vernon Davis should see big plays against this defense this week. A must start in terms of yardage, and he’ll likely add a score or two as the 49ers look to get rolling towards the postseason.

3. Martellus Bennett vs. Bucs

Bennett didn’t have a beast game last week but he was able to grab a few nice catches. He continues to be targeted by Jay Cutler and he’ll roll again on Sunday as the Bears host the Bucs. The Bucs defense showed up last week, but that’s not who they really are. Expect another embarrassing show from them this week as the Bears get going.

2. Jimmy Graham vs. Ravens

What is going on with the Saints this season? It’s been a bit sad, but in terms of fantasy numbers Jimmy Graham is still that guy. Last week he had a nice chunk of yardage was able to put up a good fight despite the Saints not being able to do much. This week they may struggle as well, but with Brandin Cooks going to miss a few weeks, Graham will be targeted even more than he already had been. The Ravens secondary has actually fared pretty well over the weeks despite what they look like on paper – but not well enough to stop a Saints’ team that will be trying to go all out to take first place in their sorry division once again.

1. Rob Gronkowski vs. Lions

The Lions have the best defense in football this season. The Pats have the best tight end in football. This will be a fun matchup, but Gronk will get his fair share of touches. Yet another game in Foxboro where Gronk will make Tom Brady happy.


-Justin Arbogast @NFLGuy_SK

49ers’ All-Pro LB to miss remainder of the season

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The 49ers defense has been missing a few key pieces this season. With NaVorro Bowman out and Aldon Smith suspended, they relied on their two defensive studs Ahmad Brooks and Patrick Willis early and often.

Willis went down with a toe injury and has missed three games so far, but he’ll end up missing the remainder of the season according to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press.

McCauley reports that the All-Pro linebacker will require surgery on a strained muscle in his big toe and will be headed to season-ending injured reserve following the procedure.

The seven time pro-bowler left a game against the Rams in mid October with the injury. He had 34 tackles and a pick for the defense that looked to get Smith and Bowman back very shortly. The positive news for defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is that rookie linebacker Chris Borland has stepped in and played tremendous in Willis’ absence.

Aldon Smith is set to return to the field this Sunday against the Giants, while Bowman remains optimistic to start practicing with the team this week.

The 5-4 49ers look to ride their defense back to the thick of things in the division as they attempt to reach the NFC for the fourth straight season.


-Justin Arbogast @NFLGuy_SK

Broncos host Richie Incognito; May sign former Dolphins OL

(Aaron M. Sprecher/AP Photo)

(Aaron M. Sprecher/AP Photo)

The Broncos are known as a rather classy franchise. They’ve had a few sour grapes over the years, but for the most part they’ve led a pretty straight-forward operation.

There’s pros and cons to having some troublemakers and the Dolphins found that out the hard way a few years ago when Richie Incognito was accused of hazing then offensive tackle Jonathan Martin. The entire story blew up and shed a lot of light on bullying in the NFL and led to many supporters of the reckless lineman Incognito, as well as a lot of supporters taking a stand against the alleged attacks.

Martin has since found himself a nice role in the 49ers offense, but Incognito hasn’t had a chance to find a job – but he’s kept his head up and worked hard in his attempt.

The hard work may be paying off, and in a big way, as the Broncos hosted the troubled lineman on Monday according to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer, and they may be on the verge of signing him.

From Glazer:

Incognito visited Broncos camp Monday for a workout. The team is doing its due diligence on potentially bringing him aboard. Incognito has been working out in Arizona, hoping to catch on with a team. The Broncos coaches are already very familiar with Incognito from coaching him in the Pro Bowl a couple of years ago.


This would be a big step in the right direction for Incognito – who’s been just that – and it could be a good investment for the Broncos, who’ve had minuscule struggles along their offensive line this season.

Aside from the drama, Incognito was a fierce competitor, at times dirty, but was definitely an asset on the field that got the best of the opposition.

A clean slate for Incognito could prove very well and it will be interesting should John Elway give him the go-ahead.

Would you like Incognito on your team? Let us know in the comments below.


- Justin Arbogast @NFLGuy_SK

No charges for 49ers Ray McDonald in Domestic Violence case

A long awaited decision has finally been made – and it’s one that the 49ers have said would happen all along.

Defensive lineman Ray McDonald will not be charged for domestic violence stemming from an August incident that led to his arrest.

The 30-year-old defensive lineman was under the spotlight after his arrest just hours after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell penned a letter to team owners outlining a new domestic violence policy that would lead to an automatic six-game suspension for a first offense.

After getting out of jail, McDonald told reporters that the truth would come out and his name would be free and clear. The 49ers continued to play him despite the arrest as they let the legal process play itself out.

Now, after no sign of evidence and conflicting stories, McDonald is free and clear according to the SF Chronicle.

At the time of the arrest McDonald’s fiancee, the alleged victim, was pregnant, which caused even more scrutiny regarding the case. According to the Chronicle, she didn’t cooperate with investigators amongst other variable factors that led to charges being dropped.


-Justin Arbogast @NFLGuy_SK


Steelers rookie makes history with impressive start

Aside from playing the quarterback position, the second toughest position to learn for a rookie is playing wideout in the NFL. There’s so many intricate moves and tricks guys need to know before getting on the field and making it look easy.

Some of the top tier guys can make it happen with sheer athletic ability, while others are billed as not quite ready and they never fully grasp what they need to and soon find themselves out of the league (Stephen Hill…..)

But one rookie receiver has done something no other rookie has been able to accomplish in the league’s history.

After finally entering the lineup four games ago, Steelers wideout Martavis Bryant has scored six touchdowns, a pace that not even the greatest of all-time could compete with.

Todd Haley, Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator has always had a thing for shifty receivers and it’s no different with this Steelers offense.

After Bryant’s debut he’s been one of the top targets for Ben. It also helps Antonio Brown, who is playing at a Pro-Bowl level, is on the other side distracting defenses.

Between the two receivers there’s no doubt Pittsburgh can get the job done through the air, but they don’t have to solely rely on their passing attack. With one of the better run games in the league paired with an experienced offensive line, the Steelers offense will be making noise for plenty of time.

If only they could bring back that daunting defense that left offenses scared to sleep the night before.


- Justin Arbogast @NFLGuy_SK

Tulane players forced to hold hands after brawl

(Photo: Tammy Nunez/Twitter)

(Photo: Tammy Nunez/Twitter)

Football is a tough and rugged sport. There’s one-on-one battles at every position and sometimes the guy on the losing end of it takes it the wrong way and scuffles ensue.

That was the case on probably every football field this week and Tulane was no different as right tackle Sean Donnelly and defensive tackle Tanzel Smart got into a fight at practice.

Instead of just breaking it up and moving on to the next set of reps, Tulane coach Curtis Johnson used the same approach he does with his children and forced the two players to join hands and bond as they walked the field.

Yes – two tough football players had to clasp palms and get through their differences together like children.

Johnson said it irritated him that he had to stop practice for the fight so he brought more attention to the issue.

“We had a little bit of an altercation and they kind of wasted some of my practice time so I took a different approach in disciplining them,” Johnson said via Fox Sports. “It was pretty effective. (They walked) actually until the coaches needed them so it was about 20 minutes. … I pointed it out to the rest of the team. If they as grown men want to hold hands, that’s fine, that’s what you are going to do if you fight.”

At least he didn’t put them in a get along shirt!


-Justin Arbogast @NFLGuy_SK

Texans make a quarterback change

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans have made a move at quarterback, benching Beard Fitzpatrick for Ryan Mallett, whom the team acquired from the Patriots in the offseason.

Head coach Bill O’Brien announced the move Wednesday morning, saying it was a step in the right direction and the best football move for his team. Fitzpatrick won the job after an impressive offseason while Mallett was getting accustomed to the teams offensive system.

O’Brien added that the move might be the thing that helps the team, while also saying it might not be. (#analysis)

Mallett was drafted in the third round by the New England Patriots in 2011. Many thought Mallett had a first round grade, but personality and off the field issues caused him to slip. Some pegged Mallett as the Pats future for life after Brady, but there was no sign of Brady slowing down.

When the Pats had the chance to draft Jimmy Garoppolo at a bargain it made Mallet expendable and he was traded to the Texans for a conditional late round pick.

Being named the starter now is good for Mallet as he’ll get two weeks worth of first team snaps as the Texans take a week off before seeing a Cleveland defense next Sunday.

At Arkansas Mallet threw 955 passes for 69 touchdowns and maintained a 57.8% completion rate.


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A Michigan Fan voted Jim Harbaugh for Governer

Word around the league is that 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is coaching his last season in the Bay Area.

It’s kind of odd to think that a coach who has led his team to three straight NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl is headed out, but that’s besides the fact.

Apparently 49ers ownership and front offices are fed up with Harbaugh’s antics and policies, so they want him out. There will be lots of people calling for the former Stanford coach, but many speculate that he’ll head home and coach the Wolverines.

One Michigan fan really wants that to happen, so he used a write-in vote on Election Day calling for Harbaugh to be the Governor.


Current Michigan coach Brady Hoke appears to be a dead man walking and it’s only a matter of time before he is looking for work.

It will be interesting to see where Harbaugh ends up. He is a great coach, but can apparently get to the nerve of folks. He’s the kind of coach that a dysfunctional program needs.

Hey Jim, Oakland isn’t too far.

Tom Brady wants to know how the #$@% Gronkowski caught his one-handed grab


Rob Gronkowski has made several mind-blowing plays during his career, but one of the most memorable came last week when the Pats topped the Broncos.

Gronk was blanketed in coverage and Tom Brady tossed a high prayer to his favorite playmaker only to see him activate his Go-Go Gadget arms and snag a one-handed catch for a touchdown.

After the game, Brady had high praise for the catch, saying it was one of the best he’d ever seen. “I think that’s one of the greatest catches I’ve ever seen, without a doubt. He’s running across the field, catches the ball with his left hand in the middle of the field in traffic. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

It doesn’t appear that Brady was just maximizing it to the media, either. He was really shocked. After the toss, Brady told an offensive lineman how unbelievable the catch was and later met up with Gronk, asking “How the #$!% did you catch that?!”

Check out the Vine below courtesy of Will Brinson of CBS Sports.

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Down the Seam: Top 5 Fantasy tight ends for Week 10

We killed it last week once again. Gronk didn’t get the monster numbers that I had imagined, but he still ranked top three to nobody’s surprise.

Let’s get to this weeks top five guys at the tight end position!


5. Delanie Walker @ Ravens

Welcome to the big boys club, Delanie. Walker makes his first ever appearance on my radar and I feel really good about it. The Ravens defense isn’t who they were when they were considered elite. They’re barely getting by and with injuries in the secondary this matchup looks even better. Walker has been hit or miss this season but has produced fairly well when given the chance. They say a tight end is  a young quarterbacks best friend and that fared true for Tennessee before their bye week with Zach Mettenberger targeting Delanie more than any other guy on the field. He’s a legit threat to defenses and he’ll be Met’s best buddy until the rookie gets more comfortable in the passing game.

4. Jason Witten @ Jaguars

I was about ready to start putting up missing persons signs for Witten, who seemingly fell off the map. I literally forgot about this guy until two weeks ago. Tony Romo might not be playing (I think he will, I just have to include that for obvious reasons), but Witten should be able to take advantage of Jacksonville’s laughable secondary and produce some juicy numbers for fantasy owners – especially if Romo goes and experiences pain that will have him looking short for those famous Romo-to-Witten dump offs.

3. Martellus Bennet @ Packers

A touchdown two two weeks ago stopped his dry spell so it was definitely a bonus. Bennett remains a hot target for Jay Cutler and he puts up enough yardage each week to make him a must start candidate. When he scores it makes the start that much better.

2. Jimmy Graham vs. 49ers

Graham showed well against the Panthers nursing that shoulder injury and he’s had a few days extra rest. Even at 75% he’s a top option tight end. Roll with him and sleep safe at night.

1. Julius Thomas @ Raiders

It’s the Raiders. My dead grandmother would put up good fantasy numbers against the Raiders sorry defense – and she’s not one of the best tight ends in the game like Thomas. I think he should play with his legs casted while wearing a blindfold to make it fair for Oakland. (and he’d still ball out!)


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