There may not be a tougher position in fantasy football to predict than tight end. The tight ends who are generally seen as the best are seen that way because they can block, as well as receive.
While laying down a good block is vital to the success of a real football team, it doesn't do anything for your fantasy team. That is, unless your league has some weird scoring system that counts blocks.
The position is also dangerous because with very few exceptions, you can't rely on targets and catches every week. But when the catches do come their way, the points are valuable.
Take Scott Chandler in Week 8 for example. Is a two-catch, 35-yard performance very productive? No. But both of those catches were touchdowns.
That's what we call a touchdown vulture. The tight end position is full of them. These are touchdown vultures to avoid.
Let's start with our example. To give you a sense of what he brings fantasy teams when he's not scoring touchdowns, last week's 35-yard performance was Chandler's second highest yardage output of the season.
That's not very good. If he's not scoring, he's not producing.
Which TD vulture is most likely to find the end zone this weekend?
The Jets are a tough defense for everyone they play. They just don't allow much. That means that they won't allow many opportunities to score. Don't expect much from Chandler.
Dreessen has caught a touchdown in three of his last four games. Still, this is not a good play. In the Houston offense, it's far too easy to get lost in the shuffle behind Arian Foster and Owen Daniels.
Remember that Daniels is this team's primary tight end. Dreessen's production will be almost exclusively limited to touchdowns. Against the Browns' solid defense, I just don't trust that it will happen.
As a 49ers' fan, I love Walker. He's got great all-around ability. If he wasn't behind Vernon Davis, I think Walker's numbers would be spectacular.
But he is behind Vernon Davis. Walker has managed three touchdowns this year, but I don't see a fourth coming this week.
The reemergence of Braylon Edwards at receiver, the ever improving Michael Crabtree, the consistent Davis and the commitment to the run game, makes it hard to think the 49ers will give Walker many targets against the Redskins.