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2010 Player Rankings: Tight Ends
Updated: September 9, 2010   Print this page Print 
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Anthony Fasano - KCC YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 31
Keeper: 31
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007 MIA 16 14 143 10.2 1      
2008 MIA 16 34 454 13.4 7      
2009 MIA 14 31 339 10.9 2      
Avg   15 26 312 11.5 3 0 0 0
Proj KCC   30 300   2      

The Dolphins prefer to use tight ends for blocking more than receiving and that was evident with Fasano leading all team tight ends last year with only 31 catches for 339 yards and two touchdowns. He had half of his games total less than ten yards in 2009. Let Fasano remain on the waiver wire.

Zach Miller - TBB YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 32
Keeper: 33
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007                  
2008                  
2009 JAC 14 21 212 10.1 2 1 3  
Avg   14 21 212 10.1 2 1 3 0
Proj TBB   22 340   1      

The ex-college quarterback had little playing time last year until the final week when he ripped off eight catches for 69 yards and two scores in Cleveland. There is hope that Miller will push Marcedes Lewis and possibly take some of his workload. In a dynasty league, Miller is the better tight end from the Jacksonville to own.

Dante Rosario - CHI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 33
Keeper: 34
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007 CAR 16 6 108 18.0 2      
2008 CAR 16 18 209 11.6 1      
2009 CAR 14 26 313 12.0 2      
Avg   15 17 210 13.9 2 0 0 0
Proj CHI   25 270   2      

Rosario and Jeff King both serve as equals in the passing game and Rosario’s 26 receptions for 313 yards and two scores was a career best in 2010. Rosario typically has only one or two catches in most games and at best is just a bye week filler. His claim to fantasy fame is starting 2008 with 96 yards and a score on seven catches. He’s just been a regular old Cinderella since.

Ben Watson - NOS YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 34
Keeper: 35
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007 NEP 12 36 389 10.8 6 1 11  
2008 NEP 14 22 209 9.5 2      
2009 NEP 16 29 404 13.9 5      
Avg   14 29 334 11.4 4 0 4 0
Proj NOS   20 200   3      

The Browns signed Watson to a three-year, $12 million contract with $6.4 million guaranteed but he’s expected to do more blocking than receiving. He could become a bye week fill-in but wait until you need to him to see what the new Browns offense is doing with their tight ends. Chances are – not a lot.

Jeff King - ARI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 35
Keeper: 36
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007 CAR 16 46 406 8.8 2      
2008 CAR 16 21 195 9.3 1      
2009 CAR 16 25 200 8.0 3      
Avg   16 31 267 8.7 2 0 0 0
Proj ARI   22 240   2      

King signed a one-year, $1.759 million contract in the offseason and can be counted on to share with Dante Rosario again this year. King had 25 catches for 200 yards and three scores last year and there is no reason to expect more. He’s primarily a blocker.

Daniel Fells - NYG YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 36
Keeper: 32
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007                  
2008                  
2009 STL 14 21 273 13.0 3      
Avg   14 21 273 13.0 3 0 0 0
Proj NYG   32 280          

Despite speculation that the Rams would procure one of the top tight ends in the NFL draft, they waited until the fifth round to take Michael Hoomanawanui who will take time just to become a blocking tight end. That leaves Fell atop the depth chart and he was tendered a new contract for just one year and $745,000. The Rams are obviously not intending on having a receiving tight end this year and Fells only managed 21 catches for 273 yards and three scores last year. With a rookie quarterback likely to start, consider the Rams as unlikely to have any fantasy relevant tight end.

Donald Lee - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 37
Keeper: 37
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007 GBP 15 48 575 12.0 6      
2008 GBP 16 39 303 7.8 5      
2009 GBP 16 37 260 7.0 1      
Avg   16 41 379 8.9 4 0 0 0
Proj FA   27 200   1      

Lee wasn’t even the second most productive fantasy tight end on his own team last year; that honor goes to Spencer Havner, who turned four of his seven catches into touchdowns. With Jermichael Finley developing into a dynamic option in the passing game, Lee might find himself cast as the “blocking tight end”, a role whose only fantasy value comes with the occasional one-yard TD pass on the fake dive at the goal line. He’ll also have to protect his roster spot from fifth-round pick Andrew Quarless. If you’re getting the sense that there’s very little fantasy upside to Lee this season, you’re exactly right.

Marcedes Lewis - JAC YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 38
Keeper: 38
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007 JAC 16 37 391 10.6 2      
2008 JAC 16 41 489 11.9 2      
2009 JAC 15 32 518 16.2 2      
Avg   16 37 466 12.9 2 0 0 0
Proj JAC   22 260          

Lewis comes off his fourth season and every year has been better than the previous. In 2009, he ended with 518 yards on 32 catches with two touchdowns. His primary job will always be as a blocker for Maurice Jones-Drew and teammate Zach Miller could start to horn in on the action as well. Lewis remains a decent choice for a bye week fill-in but his ceiling in this offense is lower than you’ll want from a fantasy starter.

Shawn Nelson - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 39
Keeper: 40
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007                  
2008                  
2009 BUF 12 17 156 9.2 1      
Avg   12 17 156 9.2 1 0 0 0
Proj FA   20 160   1      

Nelson is likely the primary receiver for tight ends but on this team that has meant almost nothing after ranking only 31st or 32nd in the league for tight end catches, yards and scores (just one) for 2009. There is a new set of coaches installing a new offense, but that doesn’t make any of these blocking tight ends worthy of fantasy attention. Barring an unseen development in camp, the Bills will not produce a tight end worthy of covering any bye week. Nelson led the Bills tight ends last year with only 17 catches for 156 yards and the lone touchdown.

Leonard Pope - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 40
Keeper: 41
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007 ARI 13 23 238 10.3 5      
2008 ARI 13 9 77 8.6        
2009 KCC 13 20 174 8.7 1      
Avg   13 17 163 9.2 2 0 0 0
Proj FA   20 150   1      

The ex-Cardinal had one of his best seasons ever in 2009 but that still only meant 20 catches for 174 yards. Pope has no fantasy value and no upside.

Ben Patrick - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 41
Keeper: 43
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007 ARI 8 7 73 10.4 2      
2008 ARI 10 11 104 9.5        
2009 ARI 9 12 146 12.2 2      
Avg   9 10 108 10.7 1 0 0 0
Proj FA   14 120   1      

The Cardinals signed Patrick to a one-year, $1.7 million contract this season but as a team ranked dead last in targets, catches and yards by tight ends last year. Patrick was tops with only 12 catches for 146 yards and two scores. No reason to expect an improvement from a team wanting to run the ball more this year.

Desmond Clark - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 42
Keeper: 42
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007 CHI 16 44 545 12.4 4      
2008 CHI 16 41 367 9.0 1      
2009 CHI 11 19 145 7.6 2      
Avg   14 35 352 9.7 2 0 0 0
Proj FA   15 120   1      

Even at his career apex—2006’s 45-626-6—Clark was never more than a guy you would plug into your starting lineup on a bye week or if your regular tight end got hurt, hoping that maybe he’d get lucky. Now he’s behind Greg Olsen on the depth chart and toiling for an offensive coordinator whose tight ends need to wear “Hello! My Name Is...” stickers lest he forget who they are. Even immediate relatives aren’t giving Clark a second thought on fantasy drauction day.

Tony Moeaki - BUF YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 43
Keeper: 39
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007                  
2008                  
2009                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj BUF   12 90   1      

The Chiefs third round pick was a standout at Iowa when he was healthy but battled injuries for his final three seasons. Adept at both blocking and receiving, Moeaki could step in and contribute early on and was already very impressive in minicamp. He’ll have to battle past Leonard Pope and Brad Cottam this year and that’s not likely but he could make a case for a promotion in 2011. An interesting pick in a dynasty league but not worth a redraft pick.

Jim Kleinsasser - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 44
Keeper: 44
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007 MIN 16 4 43 10.8 1      
2008 MIN 16 6 92 15.3        
2009 MIN 16 10 70 7.0        
Avg   16 7 68 11.0 0 0 0 0
Proj FA   5 60          

Kleinsausage’s greatest role with the Vikings is as a helper for Minnesota’s tackles against speed rushers with Brett Favre in their sights. And while that is most certainly a critical duty, it has all the fantasy value of a Betty White swimsuit calendar. Not even immediate family members will have Kleinsasser on their fantasy team.

   
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