Fantasy Football Week 9: Jermichael Finley and TEs Poised for Mammoth Impact

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIINovember 3, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 09:  Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after their 25-14 win over the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 9, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The tight end position is a commodity in fantasy football, and this year’s group looks more athletic than ever.

Well established tight ends Antonio Gates and Jason Witten can still perform at a high level, and new guys like Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski are taking the league by storm.

With all that in mind, here’s three tight ends not talked about above that will dominate the gridiron on Sunday.

Jermichael Finley (Green Bay Packers)

At first glance, Finley’s stats this season seem great.

Compared to other tight ends, however, he’s been slightly inconsistent. The Green Bay Packers tight end scored three of his four touchdowns in one game. He’s also had under 30 yards receiving in three of the last four games.

The Packers are coming off a Week 8 bye, and I expect Finley to find the end zone at least once against the San Diego Chargers.

Jimmy Graham (New Orleans Saints)

When he’s not rolling up on the leg of head coach Sean Payton, Graham has been an effective tight end for the potent Saints offense.

Graham scored four touchdowns in the last three regular season games of 2010. This season, Graham is the top-scoring tight end in the entire NFL. He rattled off four straight 100-yard receiving games. In a game where his yards dip, he finds the pay dirt.

Up next for the Saints is Tampa Bay, who Graham caught seven passes for 124 yards against in Week 6.

That’s also when he took down Payton.

Owen Daniels (Houston Texans)

After touchdowns in Weeks 3, 4 and 5, Daniels looked like he might be a touchdown machine this season.

Injury issues with Andre Johnson have created more looks in the Houston passing game for Daniels. It was his injury in 2009 that derailed his emergence as an elite TE in the NFL.

Andre’s status is still up in the air for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, so Daniels will once again get more looks from quarterback Matt Schaub.