Owen Daniels is not the first name that comes to mind when you think about impact fantasy football players, but the Houston Texans tight end has slowly but surely made himself into a solid play week in and week out at his position.
Daniels extended his scoring streak to three games when he caught four passes for 79 yards and a touchdown Monday night against the New York Jets.
Below, we break down Daniels' updated fantasy football analysis for the rest of the 2012 season:
Believe it or not, Daniels is currently the third highest scoring tight end in fantasy football, above the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten and Jermichael Finley.
Daniels' three touchdowns and 58.6 yards a game rank sixth among tight ends.
Production has been there in 2012.
Daniels has also been as consistent as tight ends come, scoring at least eight points (standard leagues) in four of five weeks this season. Only a six-catch, 47-yard, four-point effort against the Jacksonville Jaguars represents a black eye on Daniels' fantasy year.
Fantasy owners have realized Daniels' worth, and he's owned in 86.1 percent of ESPN leagues. In Yahoo! leagues, Daniels is a starter in almost half of all leagues he's owned.
The chances to snag him on the waiver wire are thin. But if you're not starting Daniels, now might be the time to adjust your roster.
The only real worry with Daniels is injury, as he's missed at least one game in each of the last three seasons. Also, Daniels has historically been on the low-end of touchdown receptions, with five as a career high. But touchdown receptions are the most unpredictable stat in fantasy football.
Daniels is currently on pace for 10 touchdowns.
Overall, Daniels is on pace to set new career highs in receptions (74), yards (995) and touchdowns (10).
Considering how efficient the Texans are in the play-action passing game—where Daniels does the majority of his damage—there's no reason to think his production is going to tail off as the season progresses. A healthy Texans offense has plenty of room for Daniels to continue scoring touchdowns and contributing 60-80 yards receiving every week.
While not flashy or a sexy name, Daniels is what you want at the tight end position: He's consistent, a constant scoring threat and plays on an offense that isn't afraid to use the tight end in a variety of ways.