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2011 Player Rankings: Tight Ends
Updated: September 8, 2011   Print this page Print 
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Jeremy Shockey - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 31
Keeper: 30
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 NOS 12 50 483 9.7        
2009 NOS 13 48 569 11.9 3      
2010 NOS 13 41 408 10.0 3      
Avg   13 46 487 10.5 2 0 0 0
Proj FA   38 400   2      

Shockey lands on a team that will want to use their tight ends but Greg Olsen is in line for the primary role and Shockey is on the wrong side of 30 with a history on never staying healthy. He could have some fantasy value as a backup but nothing more.

Kyle Rudolph - MIN YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 32
Keeper: 33
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                  
2009                  
2010                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj MIN   26 290   1      

The Vikings spent a second-round pick on Rudolph, and new OC Bill Musgrave plans to run more two-tight end sets--two factors working in the rookie's favor. However, he'll still share looks with Visanthe Shiancoe and spend as much time blocking for Adrian Peterson as he does running routes, so his initial fantasy value is limited.

Travis Beckum - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 33
Keeper: 24
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                  
2009 NYG 15 8 55 6.9        
2010 NYG 16 13 116 8.9 2      
Avg   16 11 86 7.9 1 0 0 0
Proj FA   24 230   2      

Beckum moves up to be a starter with the retirement of Ben Patrick but with little fantasy relevance.

Jordan Cameron - CLE YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 34
Keeper: 34
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                  
2009                  
2010                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj CLE   24 280   1      

Okay, so maybe the Browns got him confused with Cal DE Cameron Jordan on draft day. Doesn't matter; now they have an athletic tight end project to develop in their new West Coast offense. Cameron will study under Ben Watson and battle similarly skilled Evan Moore for looks, so his best-case fantasy scenario has him as a dynasty stash and a redraft pass.

Julius Thomas - DEN YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 35
Keeper: 36
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                  
2009                  
2010                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj DEN   32 280   1      

No analysis available.

Todd Heap - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 36
Keeper: 40
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 BAL 16 35 403 11.5 3      
2009 BAL 16 53 593 11.2 6 1 2  
2010 BAL 13 40 599 15.0 5      
Avg   15 43 532 12.6 5 0 1 0
Proj FA   25 230   1      

Heap goes to a Cardinals team that only had 210 yards on 25 catches total among all tight ends. And no touchdowns. The tight end has never been an effective fantasy player in Arizona and bringing in the 31-year old Heap is not going to change that much. Let someone else draft him.

Tony Scheffler - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 37
Keeper: 37
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 DEN 13 40 645 16.1 3 1 -1  
2009 DEN 15 31 416 13.4 2      
2010 DET 15 45 378 8.4 1      
Avg   14 39 480 12.6 2 0 0 0
Proj FA   28 230   1      

Scheffler is a capable pass-catching tight end whose path to productivity is stymied by a better pass-catching tight end, namely Brandon Pettigrew. There might still be enough scraps in the Detroit passing game for Scheff to be an occasional fantasy contributor, but that's a tough row to hoe unless you're in a best ball format.

Dennis Pitta - BAL YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 38
Keeper: 38
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                  
2009                  
2010 BAL 11 1 1 1.0        
Avg   11 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0
Proj BAL   18 220   1      

Pitta was one of two tight ends the Ravens drafted last season, but he spent the year behind fellow rook Ed Dickson on the depth chart and recorded just one catch. With Todd Heap gone he'll be asked to step up his productivity, but it's unlikely to be anywhere near a level that puts him on the fantasy radar.

Matt Spaeth - PIT YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 39
Keeper: 39
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 PIT 16 17 136 8.0        
2009 PIT 16 5 25 5.0 1      
2010 PIT 14 9 80 8.9 1      
Avg   15 10 80 7.3 1 0 0 0
Proj PIT   20 220   1      

Even Greg Olsen couldn't make Mike Martz use his tight end, so the Bears dumped Olsen and brought in Spaeth and his 36 career catches. No reason to expect he'll suddenly be the tight end that becomes a fantasy factor in a Martz offense.

Randy McMichael - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 40
Keeper: 41
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 STL 4 11 139 12.6        
2009 STL 16 34 332 9.8 1      
2010 SDC 16 20 221 11.1 2      
Avg   12 22 231 11.2 1 0 0 0
Proj FA   18 150   1      

McMichael has minimal value unless Antonio Gates again missed games this year.

Martellus Bennett - CHI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 41
Keeper: 35
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 DAL 16 20 283 14.2 4      
2009 DAL 14 15 159 10.6        
2010 DAL 16 33 260 7.9        
Avg   15 23 234 10.9 1 0 0 0
Proj CHI   18 190          

Bennett may remain on the potential trade radar throughout the preseason. He has talent and potential but Jason Witten has been a healthy pass sponge and left Bennett with minimal yardage and no scores for the last two seasons. Add in that TE John Phillips was gaining on Bennett last year before injury and there is even less reason to consider Bennett.

Jacob Tamme - DEN YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 42
Keeper: 42
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 IND 12 3 12 4.0        
2009 IND 16 3 35 11.7        
2010 IND 16 67 631 9.4 4      
Avg   15 24 226 8.4 1 0 0 0
Proj DEN   12 110   1      

Tamme made a name for himself last year when he replaced Dallas Clark and produced 631 yards on 67 catches in little more than half a season. But Clark is back now and Tamme will return to more blocking and special teams work. If Clark goes down - Tamme is a hot property.

David Martin - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 43
Keeper: 43
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 MIA 16 31 450 14.5 3      
2009                  
2010 BUF 16 7 43 6.1 1      
Avg   16 19 247 10.3 2 0 0 0
Proj FA   12 100   1      

The Bills only completed 23 passes to tight ends all season and Martin had the lone touchdown by the position in 2010. No reason to expect anything different.

D.J. Williams - NEP YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 44
Keeper: 44
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                  
2009                  
2010 DEN 16              
Avg   16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj NEP   10 90          

Williams will battle Andrew Quarless for backup duties behind Jermichael Finley--duties that would provide significant fantasy opportunity if Finley's surgically-repaired knee limits him at any point this season. Tough to draft Williams based on that limited upside, but there's some dynasty league potential in case Finley can't make it all the way back from his injury--or hits free agency in 2012.

   
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