Sean McGrath's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 11

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVNovember 17, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 29:  Defensive back Aaron Ross #31 of the New York Giants tackles tight end Sean McGrath #84 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half on September 29, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  Kansas City defeated New York 31-7. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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Kansas City Chiefs tight end Sean McGrath has been a non-factor in fantasy ever since an early-season emergence, and that didn't really change much on Sunday night.

In the Chiefs' loss, McGrath caught just two passes—one for 21 and the other good for 19—to total 40 yards receiving on the night.

It was not a stellar stat line by any means, but he ended up with the team's second-most receiving yards. Fellow tight end Anthony Fasano proved more effective, with four catches for 37 yards and a touchdown. 

The tight end position simply hasn't been a featured part of the Kansas City offense this season, leaning heavily on the run and short passes. Alex Smith hasn't shown much interest in getting his tight ends involved in the passing game.

Oct 6, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Sean McGrath (84) celebrates defeating the Tennessee Titans following the game at LP Field. Kansas City won 26-17. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
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Though McGrath didn't perform at a level that will make fantasy owners turn their heads, his 40 yards was just the third time all season that he surpassed the 35-yard mark. So, it was a fairly effective day by his standards. 

McGrath figured to be a potential breakout fantasy player in the early weeks. In Weeks 5 and 6 combined, he grabbed nine catches for 118 yards and a touchdown in wins over the New York Giants and Tennessee Titans.

However, since then, he had only caught three passes for 26 yards in a four-game stretch before Sunday. 

McGrath is only owned in 2.7 percent of ESPN leagues, and that shouldn't change much this upcoming week. Wait until he proves to be more of a factor week to week before contemplating adding him onto your bench.