It hasn’t been very flashy, but the Raiders’ tight end Zach Miller has become what many experts suggested he might this season by finally breaking into the top echelon of fantasy tight ends this season. With four touchdowns in his past five games, Miller is now second among tight ends in fantasy scoring.
Whether it’s Bruce Gradkowski or Jason Campbell behind center, they both look to Miller’s way regularly. Aside from the remaining “big two” (Antonio Gates and Vernon Davis) has to be considered one of the premier players at his position going forward.
Brent Celek has been one of the league’s biggest flops this season. It’s surprising, too, considering his personal relationship with Kevin Kolb and Mike Vick’s history of making tight ends his favorite receivers.
But at this point, Celek is surviving on fantasy rosters purely on his name. He has scored just two touchdowns this season, hasn’t cracked even 50 yards receiving, and failed to even reach 10 yards last week. He still has the talent and potential to break out, but the more he fails to produce, the further he’s going to slide down the list. Don’t consider him a “buy low” candidate just yet.
Todd Heap has made a surprising rise back up the fantasy boards, up to 12th among tight ends. His three touchdowns over the past two weeks have been a welcome change from his usual three to five point outputs, but at least it shows that he’s being targeted in the red zone.
Tight ends aren’t often going to do much in the yardage department, so we need to go after the guys who get thrown to near the stripe as often as possible. Heap isn’t in the top tier of tight ends anymore, but don’t forget about him when you’re replacing guys like Dallas Clark or trying to find a bye week fill-in.