Low-tier tight end analysis

by Cory J. Bonini on August 26, 2010 @ 18:00:00 PDT

 


Marcedes Lewis | Jacksonville Jaguars | 6-foot-6, 275 pounds | 5th year

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Fantasy tip: An imposing red zone target, Lewis hasn't lived up to his billing and boasts a measly seven career touchdown receptions. He set a career high in receiving yardage last year (518) and has enjoyed a great offseason. He is a bit of a sleeper candidate and has potential given Jacksonville's weak cast of receivers. He is a No. 2 tight end in deep leagues.

Tony Scheffler | Detroit Lions | 6-foot-5, 255 pounds | 5th year

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Fantasy tip: The former Denver Bronco hasn't quite lived up to the hype and frequently finds himself on the mend. A change of scenery may do him wonders, but he'll share playing time with second-year tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee), who is coming off reconstructive surgery. Scheffler will be flexed out as a receiver at times. He has upside but shouldn't be considered more than a No. 2 fantasy tight end.

Bo Scaife | Tennessee Titans | 6-foot-3, 249 pounds | 6th year

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Fantasy tip: Hardly a threat to find the end zone, Scaife figures to hold off Jared Cook for the starting job in 2010. He was a former teammate of quarterback Vince Young at Texas and has caught at least 45 three years running. In deep leagues, Scaife is an unexciting backup option.

Brandon Pettigrew | Detroit Lions | 6-foot-5, 265 pounds | 2nd year

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Fantasy tip: In the three games before blowing out his knee in Week 12, Pettigrew caught 15 passes for 165 yards and scored twice. He is on track to play in Week 1 but will share duties with Tony Scheffler. Pettigrew is a low-end No. 2 in deep leagues.

Daniel Graham | Denver Broncos | 6-foot-3, 257 pounds | 9th year

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Fantasy tip: Primarily known for his blocking skills, Graham figures to lead the way among Denver tight ends in 2010. He is an able receiver when given the chance, and the Broncos don't exactly have a lot of proven targets in their passing game. He has slight appeal as a No. 2 in really deep leagues, but Graham should be left for spot-play acquisition rentals from your league's wire.

Daniel Fells | St. Louis Rams | 6-foot-4, 272 pounds | 4th year

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Fantasy tip: Built like an M4 Sherman tank, Fells showed surprisingly soft hands in limited play last year. He caught 21 balls for 273 yards and scored three times. His 13.0 yards-per-reception average is impressive. Fells has sleeper potential with a rookie quarterback likely taking over, but he is a low-end second or strong third in deep leagues.

Jimmy Graham | New Orleans Saints | 6-foot-6, 260 pounds | Rookie

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Fantasy tip: The former basketball forward offers quarterback Drew Brees another toy in the passing game, primarily near the painted stripe. Graham (ankle) was supposed to have plays designed for him to take advantage of his basketball skills, although we're not sure how much he'll be used after missing a lot of camp time with an injury. He's a No. 3 in deep formats or a full-retention keeper add.

Jermaine Gresham | Cincinnati Bengals | 6-foot-5, 261 pounds | Rookie

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Fantasy tip: Rookie tight ends rarely stand out in the NFL. Gresham, who missed the entire 2009 season at Oklahoma due to a severe knee injury, enters a less than friendly situation in a Bob Bratkowski offense that rarely utilizes the position. There are too many options in Cincy's passing game, and they want to remain committed to the run. Gresham is grossly overvalued by fantasy owners and should be left for the wire in non-keeper leagues.

Alge Crumpler | New England Patriots | 6-foot-2, 275 pounds | 9th year

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Fantasy tip: The veteran enters his first year with the Patriots and should sit atop the depth chart, but that may be in name only. His blocking skills will probably keep him on the field, but you shouldn't expect much more production than his 2009 line of 27-222-1. Crumpler is, at best, a third tight end.

Martellus Bennett | Dallas Cowboys | 6-foot-6, 267 pounds | 3rd year

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Fantasy tip: The talented tight end missed two games last year and failed to score after finding paydirt four times as a rookie in 2008. Bennett needs to remain healthy and focused to make an impact, which will be tempered playing behind Jason Witten. Bennett is a waiver wire pickup if you're desperately looking for a spot play.

Aaron Hernandez | New England Patriots | 6-foot-1, 245 pounds | Rookie

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Fantasy tip: The undersized pass catcher from Florida runs crafty routes and has sure hands. He should post a few big weeks, but it will be tough to know when to play him. Single-year fantasy owners can leave him for the wire.

Dante Rosario | Carolina Panthers | 6-foot-4, 250 pounds | 4th year

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Fantasy tip: We've seen flashes from Rosario, but Carolina's system doesn't utilize the position enough to make him relevant to fantasy owners. Keep him on the waiver wire.

Rob Gronkowski | New England Patriots | 6-foot-6, 264 pounds | Rookie

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Fantasy tip: Gronkowski caught a 24-yard touchdown pass in the second preseason game and has potential to see the field fairly often. He may be held in to block more than fantasy owners care to see. We feel his best value is in full-retention keeper formats, and he should be considered after rookie tight end teammate Aaron Hernandez.

Leonard Pope | Kansas City Chiefs | 6-foot-8, 264 pounds | 5th year

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Fantasy tip: Pope caught five touchdowns for the Todd Haley-coached Arizona Cardinals in 2007, and he figures to be the top tight end option for the Chiefs' 2010 Haley-controlled team. Pope has red zone capability but has battled injuries since his rookie year ended. He doesn't warrant draft consideration in any format.

Ben Patrick | Arizona Cardinals | 6-foot-3, 264 pounds | 4th year

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Fantasy tip: In three fragmented seasons, Patrick has just 30 receptions and four touchdowns. Arizona's system rarely calls upon the tight end as a pass catcher, which makes Patrick a fantasy non-factor.

Desmond Clark | Chicago Bears | 6-foot-3, 249 pounds | 12th year

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Fantasy tip: Offensive coordinator Mike Martz seemingly has a personal vendetta against the tight end position. The 33-year-old Clark is No. 2 on the depth chart and doesn't merit fantasy consideration.

Shawn Nelson | Buffalo Bills | 6-foot-5, 240 pounds | 2nd year

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Fantasy tip: Nelson will miss the first four games after being suspended four games by the NFL. It was tough to suggest he had fantasy value in a 16-game slate; ignore him in all formats.

David Thomas | New Orleans Saints | 6-foot-3, 248 pounds | 5th year

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Fantasy tip: Playing behind tight end Jeremy Shockey means you're a sneeze away from starting. New Orleans has too many weapons, though, to make Thomas a viable contributor for fantasy owners.

Jared Cook | Tennessee Titans | 6-foot-5, 246 pounds | 2nd year

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Fantasy tip: Cook pushed for the starting job but is likely to remain a backup in 2010. Should he win the job, his value is moderate though not high enough that you'll need to rush out to grab him. He has upside in full-retention keeper leagues.

Ed Dickson | Baltimore Ravens | 6-foot-4, 250 pounds | Rookie

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Fantasy tip: The rookie tight end from Oregon sits behind veteran Todd Heap on the depth chart. Heap has been injury-prone much of his career, so Dickson isn't all that far away from seeing playing time. Nevertheless, leave him for the wire in non-keeper formats.

James Casey | Houston Texans | 6-foot-3, 238 pounds | 2nd year

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Fantasy tip: Casey played in 15 games and caught only six passes for 64 yards. Barring a setback in the recovery of tight end Owen Daniels (knee), Casey's fantasy value is essentially non-existent.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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