Jermaine Gresham: Why Bengals TE Is Worth a Spot on Your Fantasy Football Roster

Jeremy Fuchs@@jaf78Correspondent IIISeptember 29, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 10: Jermaine Gresham #84 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes a 19-yard reception against Calvin Pace #97 of the New York Jets during a preseason NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on August 10, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Bengals have plenty of targets—A.J. Green, Andrew Hawkins, BenJarvus Green-Ellis. But there's one who's a bit under the radar who should be getting your attention.

Jermaine Gresham is the starting tight end for the Bengals. A former first-round pick, Gresham has put up some nice numbers the past few years.

He's not putting up earth-shattering numbers this year, but he's starting to come on. So far, he has 12 catches for 131 yards and one touchdown. But in the last two weeks, he has nine catches.

As defenses start to prepare more for Green and Hawkins, Gresham will start to get more targets.

At 6'5", he has the size and strength to bang over the middle, but he's fast enough to get open down the seam. He has an average of almost 11 yards per catch. 

The Bengals have a pretty good passing attack. Andy Dalton has a lot of ways to spread the wealth.

But Gresham's performance in the last two weeks is very telling. Nine catches in two weeks is not a coincidence. It's a trend. 

Gresham is on his way to fill a Brandon Pettigrew-type role. Think about it: The Lions have Calvin Johnson, who is a similar player to A.J. Green. They have complementary receivers in Nate Burelson and Titus Young, just like the Bengals have in Andrew Hawkins and Armon Binns. 

All of this leaves room open for the tight end. Pettigrew has turned into a solid tight end and a reliable fantasy option. The same is going to happen for Gresham.

Pick up Gresham now and reap the rewards in a few weeks. He's going to prove to be a dependable fantasy option.