The tight end has become more important in the NFL and, consequently, fantasy football circles ever since the League has opted for a more pass-friendly approach.
Since the NFL was established in 1920, the league has changed substantially.
The players have become bigger, faster, and stronger. The style of play has changed from strictly running, to more of a passing approach.
In a pass-heavy league, certain positions on the field develop new roles and responsibilities, that create a demand for more athletic players who have the size to do it all. The position that has transformed the most, is the tight end.
Over the last few decades, tight ends have gone from primary blockers—with the exception of a handful—that went out for short passing routes, to big, fast receivers who control the middle of the field and spread that defense out for the wideouts.
More and more each year—as you fantasy footballers know—the tight end becomes more of a key to your offense being successful, and the NFL is full of very capable players at his position who can change the course of a game, and a season.
In 2010, there have been a plethora of tight ends who have proved their worth, and here are my predictions for the top 10 TEs in fantasy football this weekend.