Should You Be Sittin’ Jason Witten?

Nov 24, 2012


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Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is a must-start in PPR leagues. He has two more receptions than Wes Welker and Reggie Wayne will have to catch seven passes this week to tie him for the league-lead with 82 catches.
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With 7.5 catches per game Witten has been a PPR stud. If you’re in a standard league, his value isn’t nearly the same. Should you look for a replacement in your lineup?
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The problem with Witten is his lack of touchdowns. With just one score in 11 games he isn’t getting showing elite tight end numbers. He’s averaging seven fantasy points per game.
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That is a steady number, but a tight end that scores a touchdown in a given week would only need ten yards to keep pace.
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The past four weeks have been particularly mediocre with Witten averaging 55.6 yards per game. Clearly that is not a dynamic performance.
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Still, with as many looks as Witten gets it would be hard to no use him. He’s averaging over 10 targets per game.
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Witten has become the safe play. He had a couple of weak performances early in the year as he recovered from his spleen injury. You pretty much know you’re going to get anywhere from five to seven points from Witten with the occasional double-digit output.
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The big-time production has not been there. He has just three games with more than eight fantasy points. In just two of 11 games did he have elite numbers. In Week 4 he had 112 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears. In Week 8 he had 167  yards against the New York Giants.
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There are plenty of tight ends with more upside in a given week. If you  like steady play, Witten is your guy. If you like to swing for the fences, you will probably want another option.
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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Randy
    November 25th, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    If you had to drop one of the following WRs in a standard league, who would it be? Amendola, Desean Jackson, or Danario? I already have Julio, Jordy, and Nicks. Thanks!

  2. LestersLegends
    November 25th, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    Sadly DeSean

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