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TEs and TE sleepers

Posted By David Willow On Aug 21 2010 @ 12:56 pm In Fantasy | 1 Comment

The tight end position is always a fun filler for the fantasy team. Outside of the top tier guys the position can seem like nothing more than a crap shoot trying to find that next breakout star. Here are some the top tier guys:

Dallas Clark – The guy caught 100 passes last season and 10 TDs. That’s wide receiver stats.

Antonio Gates – Year in and year out this guy is hover by or going over 1,000 yards and is a top target in the offense.

Vernon Davis – He exploded last season for 13 TDs and could be the best receiving option on the team.

Brent Celek – He’ll pick up from his breakout season last year and continue with a new quarterback who will lean on his tight end.

Jermichael Finley – Finley was injured most of the season, but still put up respectable number for the position and if healthy is a target Aaron Rodgers will focus in on.

If you’re lucky enough or bold enough to take these players early in the draft you probably won’t be disappointed, but if they get taken before you can get them or you simply aren’t interested in drafting a tight end early here are some players that may be overlooked.

Zach Miller (Oak) – Ok I know it seems like I’m saying the Raiders are going to bust out this season. They’re not. But the fantasy of value will go up on these players and Miller will defiantly benefit from a new quarterback this season. Even with a back quarterback and a bad team Miller compiled 805 yards and he will probably be the best receiving option on the team.

Chris Cooley – Most people are overlooking Cooley in the draft, but McNabb likes going to the tight end and this is another team that is lacking in receiving options. Cooley is already a proven tight end and could sneak up on people this season.

John Carlson – He didn’t live up to most people’s expectations last season and this was mostly due to the bad offensive line that he had to support most of the season. If Russell Okung can transition into the position early on it will free up Carlson who is red zone threat that Seattle needs.

Aaron Hernandez – Hernandez is built like a wide receiver and even though he’ll be battling for time with other Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, he will have the ability to play in more a receiver type role.

Greg Olsen – A tight end in a Mike Martz system has not done well in the past but Olsen has been the most targeted player during the Bears practices and Cutler likes to go to him. As long as Desmond Clark doesn’t shark anymore of his playing time Olsen could emerge as a top fantasy tight end.

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