Fantasy Football Player Analysis: Tight end

by Cory J. Bonini on July 23, 2012 @ 17:58:57 PDT

 

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13) Greg Olsen | Carolina Panthers | 6-foot-5, 255 pounds | 6th year

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Fantasy analysis: Olsen should have a better year with his second season in the system, including a full offseason to learn it thoroughly. Cam Newton appears to be special and should improve the nuances of his game in 2012. The Panthers have to find someone to step up to help take some pressure off Steve Smith, and Olsen is a very athletic player for the position. His ADP is the middle of the 13th round.

14) Brent Celek | Philadelphia Eagles | 6-foot-4, 255 pounds | 6th year

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Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

Fantasy analysis: Celek is coming off hip and hernia surgeries. He appears to be fully recovered and reportedly looks fluid coming off the line. Philadelphia's offense as a whole enters training camp in good shape health-wise, which should allow for better continuity. Celek sees ample running room in the middle since defenses have to focus on DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin so much. The veteran tight end has a little bit of a risk factor about him and can get lost in the offense with so many weapons, but he makes for an awesome No. 2 fantasy tight end or a passable TE1. He is drafted, on average in the 10th round.

15) Ed Dickson | Baltimore Ravens | 6-foot-4, 255 pounds | 3rd year

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Fantasy analysis: Surprisingly, Dickson is flying under the radar of fantasy owners and is not drafted in the top 25 at his position. In 2011, he caught 54 passes for 528 yards and five touchdowns in 16 starts. Dickson should benefit from the Ravens' suspect receiving corps. Torrey Smith had a great rookie year, but he has red flags surrounding a sophomore slump. Anquan Boldin is long in the tooth, and Jacoby Jones has underachieved in his career. Dickson could be in for a lot of work. Consider him a TE2 in leagues with rosters of 18 or more players.

16) Heath Miller | Pittsburgh Steelers | 6-foot-5, 256 pounds | 8th year

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Fantasy analysis: Miller and Ben Roethlisberger have chemistry, which is intriguing in an offense that will no longer be the Most Boring Show on Natural Turf. Pittsburgh has enough weapons and little proven in the rushing game that Miller could be lost to the defense. His fortunes are directly tied to Big Ben staying healthy, though. Miller is a sneaky No. 2 fantasy tight end that you can land on the cheap at the very end of your draft.

17) Brandon Pettigrew | Detroit Lions | 6-foot-5, 265 pounds | 4th year

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Fantasy analysis: The biggest concern with Pettigrew is that a healthy return of Jahvid Best would dramatically cut into the tight end's looks. He caught 83 balls last year, with many of them coming on plays in which he was used as an extension of the running game. The Lions have a lot of weapons and a high-flying O, but Pettigrew is mainly utilized in a checkdown role. His best value is in PPR leagues as a safe No. 2 or very risky TE1. He comes off the board in the early ninth round, on average.

18) Anthony Fasano | Miami Dolphins | 6-foot-4, 255 pounds | 7th year

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Fantasy analysis: The veteran tight end could see a spike in production this year iif Chad Johnson isn't able to get the job done. However, recent reports suggest Fasano may not be a good fit for Miami's new West Coast offense, even though it will iincorporate the tight end more than in recent years. Fasano, who has to hold off rookie Michael Egnew, is rarely drafted, but you might want to take a flier on him in deep leagues as a second tight end if he retains the starting job. His value is greater in scoring formats that reward receptions.

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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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