In the final part of a four-part series, we examine the tight end sleeper names to monitor as 2010 spring camps unfold around the country. Some guys are coming back from injury, some are transfers, some were redshirt freshmen in 2009, and some are true freshmen that enrolled early.
The tight end position looks to be a fantasy wasteland for 2010. There are no true studs like years past. That means that it is hard to commit a middle round draft pick on a TE.
Finding a couple of sleepers late in the draft can make the difference when draft days come around. Keep an eye on these sleepers through the spring and the early parts of fall camps.
Top 2010 Pre-Spring Sleepers: Tight Ends
Rob Housler – Florida Atlantic (R-Sr)
In 2008, Rob Housler played in thirteen games and during that time he had 32 receptions for 519 yards and four touchdowns. Then he was redshirted in 2009 due to the amount of talent at TE.
Now with the top two TEs lost due to graduation, there are a bunch of receptions for grabs. Since FAU uses their TEs extensively in the passing game, combined with the lack of returning talent at WR, Housler should command a heavy workload in 2010.
Jack Doyle – Western Kentucky (So)
There are very few fantasy bright-spots on the Western Kentucky roster.
Jack Doyle is the lone fantasy prospect for the Hilltoppers. Because of the lack of fantasy talent at TE this year, Doyle will be a quality addition to any fantasy roster.
The largest area that must be resolved for Doyle to reach the next level is his TD opportunities. If he can have more than the one TD he registered in 2009, he will live up to the preseason hype.
Trent Ratterree – Oklahoma (Jr)
The 2009 season showed transition at the QB and TE positions with the losses of Sam Bradford and Jermaine Gresham. The growing pains should be a thing of the past, and 2010 looks to be a season of growth for the passing game.
Although there are many experienced targets on the outside for QB Landry Jones to throw the ball to, there is still a hole to fill in the middle. The TE position has been a key part of the passing game over the years for the Sooners, and Trent Ratterree looks to be the man that will step up.
Tim Biere – Kansas (Jr)
Tim Biere was a blocking specialist in the Mark Mangino Kansas offense. But now he is only one of two experienced pass catchers returning for the Jayhawks.
Chuck Long takes over as offensive coordinator for 2010. Long was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma from 2002-2005. As mentioned above, Oklahoma has favored the TE in their passing attack.
The table is set with the right type of circumstances for Biere to have a breakout season in 2010. Now he just has to follow it up on the field. The spring game will be very telling to see if Biere’s role will indeed expand in 2010.
Desmond Parks – Florida (R-Fr)
Tight end Aaron Hernandez was a fantasy beast in 2009. He became the primary red zone passing target for Tim Tebow.
Now Hernandez is off to the NFL and somebody has to step into his role. It will be a wide open race to see who will win the job.
Desmond Parks is a likely candidate, but he will be in a fierce fight to earn the job. Whoever wins the job will have to become a viable red zone target for John Brantley.
The spring game will be very telling as to what shape the redzone offense will take. The answer to that question will shed light on many fantasy questions for the Gators.
Other 2010 Pre-Spring Sleepers To Keep an Eye On
Richard Gordon – Miami, Fl (Sr)
Eric Waters – Missouri (T-Fr)
Ryan Griffin – Connecticut (R-So)
C.J. Fiedorowicz – Iowa (T-Fr)
Richard Wilson – BYU (R-Fr)
Chris Coyle – Arizona State (R-Fr)
Spencer Ladner - Cal (R-So)
Malachi Lewis – Oregon (Sr)
Brandon Williams – Oregon (JC Transfer)
Levine Toilolo – Stanford (R-Fr)
Joseph Fauria – UCLA (Notre Dame Transfer)
Ryan Wallace – Kentucky (Colorado Transfer)
Darian Williams – Florida Atlantic (R-Jr)
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