Week 12: Bargain Hunter
A blast from the past, Dallas Clark is back on the fantasy radar after reeling in a season-high seven passes for 58 yards and a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers last weekend. Clark (who has scored in back-to-back weeks) doesn't have the upside that some of the other options at the positiion offer due to his limited role in the Tampa Bay offense, but as long as he can keep scoring, it makes him a worthy sleeper play in salary cap football leagues. Valued at $7.75 in Yahoo! Salary Cap leagues, Clark is a solid bargain that salary cap owners should consider using, especially if they lost Rob Gronkowski. It also helps that Clark has an extremely favorable matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, who are allowing the fifth-most fanatsy points per game to opposing tight ends this season.
We had the discussion on the FFToolbox podcast this week that the most irreplaceable player in the entire fantasy universe may have been Rob Gronkowski. He isn't the most valuable player -- that would have to go to an elite quarterback like Aaron Rodgers or a stud running back like Arian Foster, but let's say either one of them got hurt: You would be able to find a quality replacement on the wavier wire that would most likely make up for a large percentage of that lost production. That simply is not the case when it comes to replacing Gronkowski, who had scored seven touchdowns in the last four games before breaking his forearm on New England's final extra point last weekend.
One option for both fantasy owners and salary cap owners (as if I haven't talked enough about the Jacksonville Jaguars already) is Marcedes Lewis. Lewis had one magical season back in 2010 in which he set career highs across the board with 58 catches for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns. Lewis has scored just four touchdowns in the last two seasons combined with half of that production coming last weekend. With Chad Henne under center, Lewis has the potential to at least be a solid red-zone threat over the final six weeks of the season and at just $8.57 in Yahoo! Salary Cap leagues, he isn't a bad bargain at all.