While tight ends aren't usually going to blow up and get you a ton of fantasy points, having a couple good ones may end up winning you a few more games.
As I was looking to improve my own fantasy team, I noticed that there was a lot of value available at the TE position. Not all leagues are the same, but the players I'm about to discuss are all free agents in my league. At the very least, all of them will get you a few points every week. Even if you don't need to pick up a TE at this point in the season, write these names down in case injuries ravage your roster!
Read on to see which players are available, and decide for yourself who might be worth a look.
The Miami Dolphins finally won a game on Sunday, in large part because of two touchdowns by Anthony Fasano.
Fasano doesn't usually get a lot of passes thrown his way, but there is a good chance he will from now on. He got open and came up big yesterday, and he is a big target with good hands. At 6' 4," 255 pounds, he is more mobile than a lot of TE's. He also showed the ability to get open, and has done so in the past. For some reason, he never gets the looks he should, which isn't his fault. When the ball comes his way, he catches it.
The Dolphins play the Washington Redskins next weekend, another team going in the wrong direction.
Look for Fasano to get a few opportunities, possibly in the Red Zone if the Dolphins can get there!
Ben Watson is a great player on a below average team.
When Colt McCoy isn't laying on his back, he has gone to Watson a good bit. He's had two big games, and usually gets a couple of catches a game. Like most TE's, Watson can score 10 fantasy points one week and none the next. A lot of this is due to the fact that the Cleveland Browns offense is as bad as it gets.
Next up, the Browns play the St. Louis Rams, a team even worse off than the Browns. If McCoy can stay upright, Watson should have a nice day. This game is a coin flip, it all depends which teams show up to play. Both showed a lot of promise last season, only to fall flat on their collective faces this season.
Arizona Cardinals tight end Jeff King is the forgotten man in Arizona.
He scored a touchdown in the Cardinals first two games and then it was like he wasn't even on the field. He gets open and does so often, but Kevin Kolb seems unable to find him. King had over 20 fantasy points in two weeks, and hasn't matched that since. Coming off a big win this weekend, the Cardinals will have to call a lot of quick passes against a hungry Philadelphia Eagles team.
This should bode well for Jeff King. Look for him to get a few catches.
Kellen Winslow is finally starting to live up to the hype.
Winslow has all of the talent in the world, but hasn't used it. Too busy trying to show off in Cleveland, he's lucky to still be in the league after a nasty accident.
He is starting to become a favorite target of quarterback Josh Freeman and it shows. Winslow has been putting up pretty consistent fantasy numbers the last couple of weeks. Now the Bucs are going up against a Houston Texans secondary that can be beaten. He has the athleticism to get open and school any linebacker who will try and cover him underneath.
Winslow is good for eight fantasy points or more against the Texans and would be a good option as a second starter going forward.
Jared Cook is tall and athletic, a threat to anybody covering him.
His problem has been inconsistency and recently a leg injury that may slow him down. Even still, I'm surprised to see him available in many fantasy leagues. He's a threat in the red-zone with his size and leaping ability. Matt Hasselbeck has been average at best, otherwise Cook would have better numbers.
He's had a few drops as well, which is why he hasn't taken his play to the next level yet.
Going up against the Carolina Panthers next weekend, Jared Cook should be productive.
I hadn't even heard of Joel Dreessen until the Houston Texans played the Oakland Raiders on October 9th. Dreessen exploded onto the scene with five catches, 112 yards, and a touchdown.
He's had a couple of nice games since, and has the ability to be a big time player in the National Football League. He can expect a lot more opportunities too, in the wide open Texans offense. Matt Schaub spreads the ball around and hasn't forgotten what this guy can do.
Definitely worth a look if you are hurting at TE.
Dustin Keller is one of the best young tight ends in the National Football League.
Surprisingly enough, in more than thirty percent of fantasy football leagues he is a free agent. He doesn't have a lot of big fantasy games, and that is due to the New York Jets style of play. They rely heavily on the run and a stout defense to win them games. As the schedule wears on, Mark Sanchez will have to start throwing the ball a bit more as teams focus on the Jets run game.
As a result,Dustin Keller should become a bigger part of the offense.
Also in Keller's favor, the Jets don't face many good defenses from here on out. Next weekend they go up against one of the league's worst defenses against the pass, the New England Patriots. Following this are the Denver Tebow's, Buffalo Bills, and Washington Redskins.
Pick up Dustin Keller before somebody else does if he is available in your league!
Jake Ballard is becoming one of Eli Manning's favorite targets, especially with wide receiver Hakeem Nicks banged up. Depending on Nicks' status this weekend against the San Francisco 49ers, he could have another big game. The 49ers defense is one of the best in the league, which will force Eli to get rid of the ball fast.
Ballard is a big target that Eli seems to trust; his safety valve if you will. He has three touchdowns and nearly 400 receiving yards thus far, and should have a nice second half of the season.
He is available in most fantasy leagues right now, but this will change soon with his success.
Greg Olsen is a fun guy to watch. He plays like a wide receiver and is one of quarterback Cam Newton's favorite targets. As well as Cam is playing, Olsen will have a career year. He already has 30 receptions and four touchdowns, not far from his production all of last season.
The Panthers offense has been very productive despite their 2-6 record. They haven't been very productive running the ball, another positive for those of you needing a better TE. As Cam gets even more comfortable within the Panthers offense, the sky is the limit for this offense. There is no reason to let a player of Greg Olsen's caliber remain a free agent in your fantasy league.
Sign him up!
This isn't the ground and pound Pittsburgh Steelers of old, sports fans!
Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers are a passing team these days, and a good one at that. Despite the self proclaimed "young money" wide receiver corps, Heath Miller is still one of Big Ben's favorite targets. Especially with Hines Ward's absence due to injury, Heath is who Ben counts on to pick up those tough yards over the middle.
Miller has 35 receptions, 20 of them in the last four games. I don't see this changing anytime soon, as Heath catches nearly everything thrown his way. He doesn't score a ton of touchdowns but is sure to snag a few before the season is over.
Heath is becoming one of the most reliable tight-ends in the NFL.