Marcedes Lewis: A Helpful Fantasy Football Tight End for the Stretch Run

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIINovember 29, 2012

Unless your tight end’s name is Jimmy Graham or Tony Gonzalez, your fantasy football team most likely needs an upgrade at the position.

Owners in 89.9 percent of ESPN.com leagues may look no further than Marcedes Lewis of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who is widely available on the waiver wire.

Due to the shuffling of parts in the offense surrounding him, Lewis’ production has improved over the last two weeks.  His last two fantasy performances (three catches for 40 yards and two touchdowns at Houston and four catches for 56 yards vs. Tennessee) are two of his top four fantasy outings this season.

Each of the other two came in the season’s first four weeks—Lewis had five grabs for 52 yards and a TD in Week 1 at Minnesota and three receptions for 32 yards and a score during a Week 4 loss at Cincinnati.

In between the two, he totaled one catch for eight yards.

That’s why he’s largely un-owned.

Blaine Gabbert was Jacksonville’s signal-caller through the season’s first 10 weeks.

After two passes (both completions), he was hurt and replaced by Chad Henne in the Jaguars’ Week 11 loss to the Houston Texans.

Now Gabbert is on the IR (as is wide receiver Laurent Robinson) and Henne will assume QB duties for Jacksonville for the remainder of the season.

In two games, Lewis has totaled seven receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns on 10 targets.

His looks from Henne represent 21.7 of his targets on the season, but the rest of his production is even more heavily weighted toward recent stat lines; Lewis caught 21.2 percent of his 2012 receptions in Weeks 11 and 12, along with 29.1 percent of his yards and half of his TDs.

The rest of his schedule is favorable for tight ends, as well.

Of Lewis’ remaining opponents, only the Miami Dolphins (15th) rank in the top half of matchups in terms of stopping fantasy tight ends.

He has dates with three of the top seven most favorable matchups for his position; he’ll face the New York Jets in Week 14, New England Patriots in Week 16 and Tennessee Titans in Week 17.

 

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