Top 5 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Tight End

Josh DicksonContributor ISeptember 8, 2008

With Week 1 of the NFL under wraps, I have decided to publish my Top 5 sleepers for each skill position for Fantasy Football.  I have played Fantasy Football for 7 years now and I have always found a sleeper or two each season.  Here are my Top 5 Sleepers for Tight End:

1)      Anthony Fasano (MIA) – Fasano played for the Cowboys last year hauling in only 14 catches and 1 TD; However, when Tony Sparano left the Cowboys to become the new head coach for the Dolphins, he quickly made a deal to bring Fasano with him.  Fasano will be the starter in Miami and won’t have a STUD like Jason Witten to compete with either.  Mix in the fact that the Dolphins finally have a solid QB, the 23 year old Fasano could be poised for a break-out year.

2)      Jeremy Shockey (NO) – Shockey has always been known as a big-time TE, but seems to be undervalued for some reason this year.  Maybe it’s because he has a history of being a loud-mouth who likes to pout and was labeled a cancer to the Giants last year.  Still here is an interesting fact for you: Shockey’s best season was his rookie year when he caught 74 passes for 894 yards; His offensive coordinator that year was none other than his new head coach: Sean Payton.

3)      Ben Utecht ( CIN ) – Everyone knows how much the Bengals love to air it out and with receivers like T.J and Chad Johnson why not?  Still, the Bengals are reportedly giddy about what Utecht can bring to the table at the TE position.  Utecht played 14 games for the Colts last year and had 31 catches and a TD as the backup TE.  Expect Utecht to flourish in this offense.

4)      Vernon Davis (SF) – Everyone, including myself, has been waiting on Davis to reach his full potential in the NFL.  Davis has suffered injuries in his 1sttwo seasons and still doesn’t have much of a QB to throw to him, but new offensive coordinator Mike Martz is a brilliant offensive mind who should help Davis burst onto the scene.  Davis had 52 catches and 4 TD’s last season, but could eclipse 10 TD’s in 2008.

5)      Owen Daniels (HOU) – Daniels has been a solid TE since his rookie season, but this year he might actually have the luxury of a solid QB throwing to him the entire season.  Matt Schaub only played in 11 games last season and was quite impressive under center.  Houston should also have a solid ground game this season which could open up more red-zone opportunities for Daniels.