NFL Tight Ends - Don't Sweat the Position in Fantasy Drafts

James Hatfield Correspondent IIIJune 15, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:  Dallas Clark #44 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball against Roman Harper #41 and Scott Shanle #58 of the New Orleans Saints during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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This year you are going to see tight ends flying off the shelf starting in the fourth and fifth rounds od fantasy drafts, which are prime rounds for your quarterback, running back and wide receiver picks. In this year's expert draft I picked up Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco in the fourth round of a sixteen team league. I typically wait until fifth round for a signal caller, but in such a large league I had to flip flop and pick quarterback in the fourth then running back in the fifth.

The top 12 tight ends for 2010 are not going to have a huge difference in points scored, so you will find most owners not selecting a back-up tight end until the later rounds of the draft. ย So, in a typical 12 person league you can have a top shelf tight end as late as the eighth or ninth round so you don't even need to think taking one until the sixth round.

For instance I can pick up Zach Miller from Oakland in the eighth or ninth with his huge upside, where by the eighth or ninth the best running back or wide out I can manage is a Jeremy Maclin or Reggie Bush.

You can clearly see that there is much more tight end value in the eighth or ninth round where the value of other positions is going to be much lower then what you could have had in the fourth round like wide out Sidney Rice or tailback Chris Wells.

Don't sweat the tight end and pick one too early, as you will miss out on a solid selection at a more critical position.

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