Dallas Clark Better Than Tony Gonzalez for Your Fantasy Team!

William Del PilarContributor IAugust 25, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 18:  Dallas Clark #44 of the Indianapolis Colts lines up to run during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on December 18, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

I’m on my tight end kick right now because it’s such a key component in gaining an advantage in your league. That is, if you can find a consistent player that scores week in and week out, you’re at an advantage every week because odds are your opponent does not have that position as solidified.

With that, let’s take a look at Dallas Clark this blog, and in the next blog I’ll wrap it up with Tony Gonzalez.



  • Clark can stretch the field and make the tough over-the-shoulder catch.
  • He’s a big-play threat with soft hands and can line up anywhere. In essence, Clark is another tight end who plays like a receiver.
  • His role should expand with wide receiver Marvin Harrison now officially gone.
  • Last season he totaled 77 receptions and 848 yards, career highs. His touchdowns (six) were the second most he’s scored in his career.
  • He was the fourth most targeted tight end with 107 targets (100 targets in 2007). He was No. 1 in the red zone with 21.
  • Despite a perception of being injury prone he has been durable the last two playing 15 games each year.
  • He caught at least five passes in eight games last year.
  • In the last four regular season games of ‘08 he tallied 30 receptions, 335 yards and three touchdowns.



  • He received only four goal line targets.
  • Despite two 15-game seasons in the past two seasons, he has yet to play a full 16-game season.
  • Teams may now focus on him despite the belief that Harrison’s departure will help him. Harrison’s loss could have a backlash effect.


My projections for a 16-game season:

(There is a high / low, but I just want to present the raw numbers)

  • Receptions: 72
  • Reception Yards: 823
  • Reception Touchdowns: 9

I view Clark higher than Atlanta Falcons Tony Gonzalez because everything is lining up for him this season. On the other hand, Gonzo is going to have to learn a new offense, is on a run-first team and is going to do a lot of blocking.


What are your thoughts? Agree or disagree?

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