Scott Chandler: Bills TE Cemented Status as Fantasy Football Stud vs. Patriots

David DanielsSenior Writer ISeptember 30, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 13:  Scott Chandler #84 of the Buffalo Bills at Cowboys Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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All Scott Chandler does is score touchdowns.

The Buffalo Bills tight end asked, “Rob who?” after he caught two touchdowns in the first half against the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon. Michael Fabiano of NFL.com tweeted that not many fantasy football owners cashed in on Chandler’s breakout performance, though.

Scott Chandler has 2 TDs. He's second in fantasy points this week so far. He is owned in 9.1% of NFL.com leagues.

— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) September 30, 2012

But don’t feel bad. Fabiano didn’t foresee Chandler’s explosion either. He and four other NFL.com fantasy analysts ranked Chandler as the 20th-best option at tight end in Week 4.

Now, don’t be quick to write off Chandler as a one-game wonder. He’s far from it. He caught touchdowns against the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs this season as well.

Prior to Sunday’s action, no tight end in the league had more than four touchdowns.

Only seven had more than Chandler. Now with four himself, he’s solidified himself as a must-start fantasy tight end.

Starting Chandler does have one downside, though. He isn’t exactly a reception machine.

His eight catches in the first three weeks warranted that rank of No. 20. Even with a dominant fantasy performance against the Pats, he only caught four balls.

Still, his nose for the end zone is too valuable to pass up.

Chandler is on pace to catch 12 more touchdowns this season. He’s bound to finish with none in a few weeks which, as a result of a lack of targets, would all but guarantee him less than five fantasy points. But if you’re willing to start him through a few down weeks—which you should be—you’ll reap the rewards when Ryan Fitzpatrick is able to find his favorite red-zone target in every other game.

 

David Daniels is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.

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