Fantasy Football: Should You Be Sittin' Jason Witten?

Ryan LesterSenior Writer INovember 24, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 11:  Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys makes the catch as Nate Allen #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles pushes him out of bounds on November 11, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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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.

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?

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.

That is a steady number, but a tight end that scores a touchdown in a given week would only need 10 yards to keep pace.

The past four weeks have been particularly mediocre with Witten averaging 55.6 yards per game. Clearly that is not a dynamic performance.

Still, with as many looks as Witten gets, it would be hard not to use him. He's averaging over 10 targets per game.

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.

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.

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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