Since Middle Linebacker E.J. Henderson went down the Vikings have been giving up big games to opposing Tight Ends.  Last week it was Houston’s Owen Daniels, who torched the Purple to the tune of 11 catches for 133 yards.  Before their bye the Vikings allowed 74 yards and a score to Chicago’s Greg Olsen.  Back in Week 5 Minnesota gave up 61 yards to Billy Miller.

Green Bay’s Donald Lee has the luxury of facing the Vikings this week.  He’s having a slow year with 22 catches for 163 yards and a pair of scores.  After recording 48 catches for 575 yards and 6 TDs last year with the Packers, the Vikings are just what the Doctor ordered for Lee.

The Chargers have also given up big games to Tight Ends all year.  This week they draw the best offensive Tight End in NFL history in Tony Gonzalez.  Tyler Thigpen has brought some stability to the Chiefs’ passing game and Gonzo has shown improvement with 19 catches for 238 (79.3 ypg) yards and a score over the past three weeks.  To help his cause, Jamaal Charles provided a spark to their running game.  With all of these factors I wouldn’t be surprised if Tony Gonzalez was the top scoring Tight End in the league this week against the Chargers.

You’ve seen the Sleepers.  Now it’s time to explore the players who I feel will be disappointments to fantasy football owners.  Here are the Tight Ends I’d avoid.

Donald Lee - Lee is another Packer that is going to miss Brett Favre.  He had 575 yards and 6 TDs a season ago.  I’d be shocked if he came close to those lofty numbers.

Chris Baker – Let’s see, Favre is reunited with Bubba Franks and the Jets took Dustin Keller in the first round out of Purdue.  He missed eleven days of camp with a bad back, as well as some offseason programs as he was mad about his contract.  Those negatives are beginning to add up.

Desmond Clark – With the emergence of Greg Olsen, Desmond Clark won’t be leaned on as much.  I don’t see another 545 yards from him this year.


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