Fantasy football: Rookie tight ends analysis

by Cory J. Bonini on June 10, 2009 @ 01:00:01 PDT


Rookie players often force fantasy football owners to make risky decisions on draft day, but that is all part of the game. offers you a snapshot of what to expect from notable rookies at their respective positions.

Tight ends

Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions

Pettigrew has soft enough hands to make plays through the air. Rookie tight ends rarely contribute for fantasy teams. The Lions have no on else worth noting, though, and the offense will probably feature the tight end quite a bit. Weak No. 2 tight end stats aren't out of the question for Pettigrew in his rookie campaign, but smart money bets against him being draft-worthy.

Shawn Nelson, Buffalo Bills

A lot of fantasy owners are looking toward Nelson as a sleeper this year. He is currently the third tight end on the roster, and we're not certain he will crack the starting lineup this season. If he does, the Bills rarely use the position in the passing game. Stay away for now.

Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans

Cook will probably be the future of the position for the Titans, if the team cannot work out a long-term agreement with Bo Scaife. For now, Cook is buried on the depth chart. Despite his talents, he has no fantasy value at this time.

Chase Coffman, Cincinnati Bengals

This pick doesn't make a lot of sense since the Bengals rarely throw to their tight ends. Coffman has legitimate NFL talent and fantasy value, but he may never achieve the latter in Cincy. Stay away during his rookie campaign.

Travis Beckum, New York Giants

Kevin Boss figures to be the starting tight end for the Giants, so Beckum holds no fantasy value until something changes. He could be a nice long-term option for the Giants, though.

Richard Quinn, Denver Broncos

It is possible Quinn is a slight factor in multiple tight end sets, but the Broncos offense offers a wealth of uncertainty, and perhaps instability, for fantasy owners in 2009. Avoid Quinn in all formats.

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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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