By Derek of The Sportmeisters
Hello Football Fans! The Preseason is almost over, so I thought I would update my Preseason Fantasy Rankings for the Tight Ends. Let’s Do It!
1. Jason Witten: Dallas Cowboys
Projection: 90 Receptions 1000 Yards 8 TD
Updated Projection: 95 Receptions 1055 Yards 8 TD
2. Antonio Gates: San Diego Chargers
Projection: 80 Receptions 950 Yards 8 TD
Updated Projection: 85 Receptions 975 Yards 8 TD
3. Dallas Clark: Indianapolis Colts
Projection: 80 Receptions 875 Yards 7 TD
Updated Projection: 85 Receptions 925 Yards 8 TD
4. Tony Gonzalez: Atlanta Falcons
Projection: 80 Receptions 900 Yards 6 TD
Updated Projection: 88 Receptions 955 Yards 7 TD
5. Greg Olsen: Chicago Bears
Projection: 70 Receptions 800 Yards 7 TD
Updated Projection: 75 Receptions 905 Yards 8 TD
6. Chris Cooley: Washington Redskins
Projection: 77 Receptions 800 Yards 5 TD
Updated Projection: 80 Receptions 875 Yards 6 TD
7. Owen Daniels: Houston Texans
Projection: 70 Receptions 825 Yards 5 TD
Updated Projection: 80 Receptions 900 Yards 5 TD
8. Kellen Winslow: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Projection: 70 Receptions 750 Yards 5 TD
Updated Projection: 75 Receptions 800 Yards 5 TD
9. Dustin Keller: New York Jets
Projection: 66 Receptions 675 Yards 5 TD
Updated Projection: 70 Receptions 715 Yards 5 TD
10. Jeremy Shockey: New Orleans Saints
Projection: 60 Receptions 625 Yards 4 TD
Updated Projection: 66 Receptions 705 Yards 5 TD
I said I thought that Shockey was due for a bounce back year and so far this Preseason it looks like I am right. He has eight catches for 116 Yards and a Touchdown and I have moved him up from 12 to 10 on this list.
He was poised to breakout last year, until he had issues with an ankle injury, a sports hernia, and QB Drew Brees. Now, he appears to be fully healed and on the same page with his QB and still has the talent to improve in his 0 TD bust of 2008. He will last until the later rounds, so he could be a serious sleeper if you grab him.
11. Zach Miller: Oakland Raiders
Projection: 62 Receptions 800 Yards 4 TD
Updated Projection: 70 Receptions 825 Yards 4 TD
12. John Carlson: Seattle Seahawks
Projection: 55 Receptions 625 Yards 5 TD
Updated Projection: 60 Receptions 685 Yards 5 TD
13. Kevin Boss: New York Giants
Projection: 50 Receptions 525 Yards 6 TD
14. Visanthe Shiancoe: Minnesota Vikings
Projection: 55 Receptions 635 Yards 5 TD
The arrival of Brett Favre puts Shiancoe into my Top 15. Favre has a history of throwing to the Tight End and Shiancoe was a big red zone target last year, catching seven Touchdowns. Look for him in the later rounds and he could be a nice backup option at Tight End.
15. Heath Miller: Pittsburgh Steelers
Projection: 55 Receptions 505 Yards 4 TD
16. Tony Scheffler: Denver Broncos
Projection: 45 Receptions 525 Yards 4 TD
17. Anthony Fasano: Miami Dolphins
Projection: 40 Receptions 450 Yards 5 TD
Fasano was the main red zone target last year, catching seven Touchdowns. He does split time with David Martin, so seven Touchdowns are unlikely, but he should still see a bunch of red zone targets and could be a nice late round fantasy backup.
18. Randy McMichael: St. Louis Rams
Projection: 45 Receptions 475 Yards 4 TD
I know you must think I’m crazy, but let me explain. McMichael started good last year, with a five Reception, 77 Yard game in Week one, but then only caught six balls for 62 Yards in the next three and then broke his tibia and tore a ligament in his right leg, ending his season.
However, the Rams have no Receivers, aside from Donnie Avery and he is out for at least the first game of the regular season with a stress fracture in his left foot. The Rams also just lost QB Marc Bulger should be back by week one and the Rams are running a new offense this year, which will look to include the Tight End in the passing game.
Remember, he had 73 Receptions for 791 Yards and four Touchdowns in 2004 and 60 Receptions for 582 Yards and five Touchdowns in 2005, so he is capable of putting up good numbers. He has four catches for 47 Yards in three games and looks to be healthy.
He is currently going undrafted in all formats and you can wait to grab him of the waiver wire or take a really late round flier on him, but don’t be surprised if you get a good TE2 with that late round flier.
19. Brent Celek: Philadelphia Eagles
Projection: 45 Receptions 445 Yards 4 TD
The departure of L.J. Smith and the injury to rookie Cornelius Ingram means that Celek will see the majority of the playing time. He stepped in last year and had a decent year and will be used this year as a check down option for Donovan McNabb. He could be a nice late round sleeper.
20. Brandon Pettigrew: Detroit Lions
Projection: 40 Receptions 415 Yards 3 TD
The rookie Tight End has only played in one Preseason game due to a thigh injury, but has a ton of potential. He plays for Detroit, which automatically makes him undraftable, but keep your eye on him for a possible waiver wire wonder pickup midseason.
As you can see, not much has changed, but I have updated my projections based on their Preseason play. The TE position can be important to your fantasy team depending on which one you choose, so choose wisely. Any questions or concerns, email me at Derek@Sportmeisters.com.