NFL Week 12 Waiver Wire: Jake Ballard and the Top Tight Ends

Chris FaigCorrespondent INovember 27, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19:  Jake Ballard #85 of the New York Giants runs onto the field during player introductions against the St. Louis Rams at MetLife Stadium on September 19, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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With 11 weeks of the 2011-12' NFL season now in the books, the fantasy playoffs are right around the corner.  

The production of tight ends, so far this season, has been through the roof.  From Jake Ballard to Scott Chandler, a lot of young players at tight end have really begun to make a name for themselves.

Tight end may not be the most glamorous fantasy football position, but they can be pivotal to winning a week, so be mindful of these less-heralded tight ends who are in position to put up big games this week and beyond.  


Jake Ballard, New York Giants

Jake Ballard has been having a terrific season so far, making 27 receptions for 443 yards and three touchdowns.  

After being silent the past two weeks, you can expect Ballard to put up at least 10 fantasy points this week against the New Orleans Saints.  

Already owned by 31.7 percent of fantasy players (ESPN), you better add Ballard to your roster before it's too late.



PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 30:  Brent Celek #87 of the Philadelphia Eagles out paces Jay Ratliff #90 of the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on October 30, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

Heath Miller is on the waiver wire in many fantasy leagues, only owned by 40.3 percent of teams.  

People don't realize that Miller has recorded the 17th most fantasy points this season for tight ends.  

With a fairly manageable schedule the rest of the year, Miller is a great add at TE.


Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills

Scott Chandler has been on and off throughout the course of the first 11 weeks, but if you are in need of a tight end and Ballard or Miller aren't available, then Chandler is the next best thing.  

The only problem with Chandler is that starting him is like playing Russian roulette: you really don't know what your going to get.  

One game he earns zero fantasy points, and the next he puts up 15.  

Add at your own risk, but definitely will payoff if he performs at his highest level of play, like in Weeks 1 and 8 (earning a combined 33 points).  

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 06:Scott Chandler #84 of the Buffalo Bills makes a catch on a pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York.New York won 27-11.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Rick Stewart/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills face the New York Jets this week, so Chandler should have a solid outing.  The Jets tend to give up big plays to talented tight ends.


Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles

Brent Celek has become a huge weapon on the Philadelphia Eagles, playing exceptional football for the last five games.

The Eagles didn't use Celek much in the first five games, but recently they have given him more opportunities to make plays, and so far he has capitalized in big ways.  

Brent Celek is a waiver-wire gem right now, only owned by 24 percent of teams.  

If Celek has a big game against the New England Patriots this week, he wont be available for much longer.  

As the most available tight end out of the four listed, Celek is great pick.  

He may also be one of the most reliable of late, earning a larger role in the Eagles' offense.