Week 14: Bargain Hunter
The season-ending knee injury to Ryan Broyles will have a greater impact on tight end Brandon Pettigrew's fantasy value than any other player in the Detroit Lions offense (if the returns in a small sample size after Broyles went down last weekend are any indication). When Broyles went out with a torn ACL, quarterback Matthew Stafford targeted Calvin Johnson an astonishing 21 times, but only targeted Mike Thomas four times.
Stafford looked to his tight ends more than usual, targeting them 13 times in the loss with seven of those going to Pettigrew, who has scored in two of his last four games. Valued at just $8.06 in Yahoo! Salary Cap leagues, Pettigrew is a solid bargain worth a look this weekend for fantasy owners that don't want to commit top-dollar value for one of the elite options at the position.
The tight end position has been one of the most frustrating positions in all of fantasy football at times this season. Even first round studs Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham (while producing at an elite level nearly ever week when healthy) have hit bumps in the road. One tight end that has picked it up recently and should be the beneficiary of a matchup against the Oakland Raiders (who have surrendered the sixth most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends this season) is Jacob Tamme.
Tamme played with quarterback Peyton Manning back in Indianapolis and when he left the Colts to come to Denver in the offseason to rejoin Manning, it was a popular belief that he would be a solid fantasy producer thanks to their prior relationship. For the first 10 weeks of the season, Tamme was an afterthought until these last three weeks (17 catches for 190 yards and a touchdown combined) in which his fantasy value has seen a significant boost. Tamme also ranks fifth in targets at the tight end position over the last three weeks.
At just $6.93 in Yahoo! Salary Cap leagues, Tamme is another perfect blend of production and value that salary cap owners need to consider using this weekend.