Antonio Gates is currently listed as questionable, which is a huge blow to many fantasy owners.
While a tight end, one of the least productive positions on a fantasy team, Gates is one of the most productive. Every season he catches approximately 10 touchdowns, and he is as productive as some of the best wideouts.
But fear not, fantasy owners. While Gates cannot be fully replaced, there are many suitable tight ends out there who would be perfectly fine for a fantasy team and were likely not taken in the draft.
Here are three of them...
While many have passed on Greg Olsen during the draft, he is now a very serviceable tight end in the NFL.
Few seem to remember that in 2009 Olsen caught eight touchdown passes.
And with 112 yards already and with a very talented quarterback in Cam Newton throwing him the ball, Olsen may be able to break out and have a few big games.
Especially as the efforts of the defense will focus on shutting down playmakers Steve Smith and Jeremy Shockey.
Todd Heap was also once a very solid pro, being the tight end for the Baltimore Ravens for many years and usually catching at least five touchdowns each season.
In Arizona, he is still a good tight end and can be relied upon to temporarily fill the void left by Antonio Gates' injury.
With Fitzgerald being double and triple teamed, quarterback Kevin Kolb will often have to go to his tight end when his star wideout is completely blanketed.
Furthermore, Kolb's days in Philadelphia show that he has a tendency to go to his tight end very frequently, with Eagles tight end Brent Celek having many big games when Kolb was the quarterback.
Expect the same results to emerge from Kolb as the season goes on.
Zach Miller is a solid tight end who caught five touchdown passes in 2010, and he is still young, at only 25 years of age. Miller still has the potential to improve and become a fine tight end.
Considering that the Seahawks have few playmakers through the air, besides Sidney Rice, an inexperienced Tarvaris Jackson will be more likely to check down to a tight end than go for big plays.
And when Rice returns, he will likely be taken out of the offensive attack, leaving more room for Miller to get open. Take Miller if you need a quick fix at tight end for one or two weeks.