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  • Brandon 11:40 am on September 1, 2011 Permalink
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    Don’t rush to draft a tight end this year! 

    With a couple of drafts under my belt at this point, I wanted to point out that this year’s tight end class is DEEP! To the right you can see a list of the free agent tight ends in Matt and my League of Champions league. If I hadn’t drafted a backup, you’d also find Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on that list. Realistically, beyond the top 4-6 tight ends (Gates, Finley, Clark, Witten and maybe Daniels and Davis) there is no saying how the final numbers will end up for the position. Are you really confident that someone like Marcedes Lewis is going to be better than some of the guys on that free agent list? Lot’s of people do apparently, since his average draft position is in the 9th round somehow.

    New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham, a second year player who has 31 catches in his career, is currently being drafted in the 6th round! You have to have some serious confidence that he’s going to pick up exactly where he left off at the end of last season to invest that much in him. Personally, I’d much rather grab a receiver like Mario Manningham or Kenny Britt in the 6th round, then pair them up with a tight end like Tony Gonzalez, Kellen Winslow or even Zach Miller (who should be solid with John Carlson now out for the year.)

    It might not be the norm in most years, but this season, as long as your league has around five bench spots available, you might consider drafting a backup tight end (specifically Aaron Hernandez.) Hernandez and his teammate Rob Gronkowski can produce like a top flight tight end on any given week. Zach Miller, Todd Heap and Jermaine Gresham could also end up being very good as their inexperienced quarterbacks continuously look for safety valves.

    Similar things can be said about the quarterback position this year, so make sure to focus much of your attention early in the draft on the running back and wide receiver positions. The talent at those positions is not as deep and you don’t want to find yourself rolling out some scrubs each week just because you wanted to gamble on Jimmy Graham (who could end being awesome…but could end up not being awesome too!)

    • tommy 12:36 pm on September 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      disagree…. i like taking a stud TE in the 5th round or so

      • Brandon 9:53 pm on September 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Which tight ends are you targeting in the 5th round?

        • tommy 11:13 pm on September 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Ended up with Gates in my league… our league is 6 pt TD for QB and start 2 qb, also .5 ppr this was my draft

          Round 1 Brady
          Round 2 Calvin
          Round 3 Sjax
          Round 4 Gore
          Round 5 Gates

          …added on Cutler, Beanie Wells, Ochocinco, Addai, and a few others

          I do like the idea of waiting and tyring to get Jimmy Graham later in the draft though

          • Brandon 11:55 am on September 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            With that strategy, you end up putting a lot of faith in Gates staying healthy and Ochocinco putting up some decent numbers. If you were to wait a bit for Owen Daniels or something, you could have a solid WR2 to pair with Megatron. If Gates stays healthy though, then he kind of acts as your WR2.

            • tommy 4:52 pm on September 6, 2011 Permalink

              Yeah, my WRs aren’t great, but the rest of my team makes up for it


              Lance Moore



              I pretty much drafted around an assumption that I’ve had all preseason that Ocho is going to be a beast this year. Just a feeling I have.

          • sua cho 1:10 pm on September 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            J. maclin
            ahmad bradshaw
            antonio gates
            vernon gates

            having mixed feelings.. would like some comments…

            not a great bench key names-
            mark sanchez
            marion barber (garbage)
            josh freeman (love the kid)

            • sua cho 7:54 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink


    • TJ 1:35 am on September 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I have Hernandez and Kendricks at TE, need to start one, non-ppr. Hernnadez might be solid, Kendricks had a great preseason, but…….

      Lots of FAs available in our 10-team league, wondering if any of you think the following FA’s might be an upgrade over either guy: Cook, Watson, Heap, Boss, Gresham, Celek, Heath Milller, Fred Davis….

      • Matt 10:48 am on September 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I’d stick with what you’ve got.

      • tommy 4:51 pm on September 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Really like Jared Cook this year as a potential breakout

    • Joe 10:10 am on September 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Someone just dropped Owen Daniels in my league. I have Gonzalez and Lewis. Should I drop one of them to pick up Daniels?

      • Matt 10:46 am on September 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Absolutely. No clue why someone would drop Daniels. He’s a major upgrade over Gonzo or Lewis. I’d drop Lewis.

        • Joe 11:14 am on September 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Ok, then a follow up question to that.

          Kenny Britt was also dropped, who should I take first on the waiver? I have the 2nd position so I will get one of them at least. Would you take Daniels before Britt?

          I have C Johnson, M Wallace, and Welker as my WR.

  • Brandon 8:51 am on August 20, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , tight end,   

    Apparently tight end Tony Gonzalez is still a bit uncomfortable in the Falcons offense, but I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he’ll be up to speed by the beginning of the season. He put up some of the best numbers of his career last season, so he’s still got the skills, now it’s just a matter of putting them to use in a new system with a new quarterback.

    • e-roc 12:35 pm on August 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      System or not, he’s playing for a tremendously better team & QB!

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