2012 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Tight end

by Cory J. Bonini on August 27, 2012 @ 14:16:42 PDT


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Heath Miller | Pittsburgh Steelers | ADP: 18th round

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Todd Haley's offenses haven't been known for their usage of tight ends, but few of his past players at the position have been as versatile as Miller. Ben Roethlisberger loves to rely on him as a checkdown option, and an expanded passing game could open up more room over the middle for the veteran. Big Ben's shoulder injury may lead to more short-range passing, too.

Miller is two seasons removed from a 76-789-6 line, a year in which Big Ben posted arguably his best statistical effort to date. The running game looks to be OK with Isaac Redman, but if he struggles they will have to resort to more passing.

Miller is a low-end No. 1 in deep leagues (14 teams or larger) and should be on your short list for backup tight ends.

Kellen Winslow | Seattle Seahawks | ADP: 14th round

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Seattle's receiving corps is suspect and trying to find their way. The Seahawks' addition of Winslow could be a good thing for his fantasy value, especially with rookie Russell Wilson starting at quarterback.

One source says Winslow may be nothing better than a rotational player at this stage of his career, which is possible, but he still knows how to get open and has reasonable hands. He will have to share some work with Zach Miller (concussion), whose first season in Seattle was anything but impressive.

Winslow should be viewed as a high-end backup for leagues in which teams roster two tight ends. He is coming off a 75-catch season and didn't simply lose it overnight. His reception total won't be nearly as high, but he should prove to be worthy of the occasional flex play. Perhaps playing in a new city will re-energize him.

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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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