Joel Dreessen: Why Broncos TE Is a Must-Add to Any Fantasy Squad

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2012

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 26:  Tight end Joel Dreessen #81 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after making a catch for a 5-yard touchdown against linebacker Michael Wilhoite #57 of the San Francisco 49ers defends during the second quarter of a pre-season game at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on August 26, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Joel Dreesen isn't the first name you think of when you are talking about quality tight ends in fantasy football, but make no mistake about it—Dreesen is someone you want on your team.

There's no doubt that Peyton Manning loves to spread the ball around, and he's done that with the Broncos, completing passes to 11 different receivers through the first seven weeks of the season.

So far, Broncos tight ends have combined for 40 receptions for 355 yards and four touchdowns on 61 targets.

Over the past four games, Dreessen has been targeted 19 times, catching 12 passes for 131 yards and three touchdowns.

Those might not be earth-shattering numbers, but it's clear that Dreessen has moved past Jacob Tamme both as the Broncos starting tight end and as a red-zone target for Manning.

If that's not enough for you to add Dreessen to your roster, consider the rest of Denver's schedule.

The toughest pass defense they have left to face is that of the Kansas City Chiefs, a defense that ranks 13th in the NFL against the pass—a number that is misleading because the upper-tier quarterbacks they've faced have had solid games against them.

Manning is most definitely an upper-tier quarterback, and the Broncos play the Chiefs twice.

The other pass defenses remaining on their schedule all fall in the lower half of the NFL rankings: Cincinnati (18th), Carolina (19th), San Diego (25th), Tampa Bay (31st), Oakland (22nd), Baltimore (23rd) and Cleveland (26th).

There isn't a game left on their schedule where Manning is going to have a hard time throwing the ball, and with Dreessen on his radar, there isn't a game left where Dreessen isn't going to be a threat to score and put up double-digit points for your fantasy squad.

Even if you've already got a tight end firmly planted in your starting lineup, adding Dreessen is a good idea. Most leagues use bench scoring as a tie-breaker, and while ties are rare, they do happen.

So if you've got some dead weight sitting at the end of your bench, replace them with Dreessen.

If you're not happy with your tight end production, give Dreessen a shot.

He won't disappoint.