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Consistency Rankings - Tight Ends
David Dorey
June 1, 2005
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The results from 2004 showing how many times a tight either gained 50 yards in a game, scored at least one touchdown during a game or did either event in a game. “Plyd” indicates how many games were played by each tight end.

Games with 50 yards or more: This statistic shows exactly how many tight ends in the NFL are of any true fantasy consequence – about eight. Once a player falls below 33% (or one in every three games), his production is not reliable nor much of a difference maker for a fantasy team. If you want to find a tight end with any consistency at all, you had better draft one earlier than later. The review only considers games with just 50 yards (five fantasy points in most scoring). There’s just precious little consistent yardage in any of them.

Games with at least one touchdown: The most interesting finding here is that the Washington Redskins produced two of the top seven tight ends for scoring – Robert Royal (4 TD’s, 44% of games) and Chris Cooley (6 TD’s, 38% of games). Royal only had eight catches for the entire year but four of them were scores and all came in the final five weeks. This could continue and if Royal’s share goes to Cooley as he continues to develop, Cooley will become a top tight end in the league. Notable also was that Marcus Pollard (5 TD’s, 42%) and Dallas Clark (4 TD’s, 31%) combined for nine games with at least one score (both Pollard and Clark had one game with two scores) and never once did they both score in the same game. Pollard has left for Detroit and leaves behind a tremendous opportunity for Clark.

Games with 50 yards or more Games with one or more TD’s scored Games with either 50 Yards or a TD
Rnk Name % # Plyd Rnk Name % # Plyd Rnk Name % # Plyd
1 Gonzalez, Tony 69% 11 16 1 Gates, Antonio 53% 8 15 1 Gates, Antonio 73% 11 15
2 Gates, Antonio 67% 10 15 2 Royal, Robert 44% 4 9 2 Witten, Jason 69% 11 16
3 Witten, Jason 63% 10 16 3 Graham, Daniel 43% 6 14 3 Gonzalez, Tony 69% 11 16
4 Wiggins, Jermaine 57% 8 14 4 Pollard, Marcus 42% 5 12 4 McMichael, Randy 63% 10 16
5 McMichael, Randy 56% 9 16 5 Shockey, Jeremy 40% 6 15 5 Shockey, Jeremy 60% 9 15
6 Johnson, Eric 50% 8 16 6 Franks, Bubba 40% 6 15 6 Wiggins, Jermaine 57% 8 14
7 Crumpler, Alge 43% 6 14 7 Cooley, Chris 38% 6 16 7 Johnson, Eric 50% 8 16
8 Shockey, Jeremy 33% 5 15 8 Crumpler, Alge 36% 5 14 8 Graham, Daniel 50% 7 14
9 Putzier, Jeb 29% 4 14 9 Schobel, Matt 33% 4 12 9 Crumpler, Alge 50% 7 14
10 Clark, Dallas 23% 3 13 10 Baker, Chris 33% 4 12 10 Pollard, Marcus 50% 6 12
11 Troupe, Ben 23% 3 13 11 Tuman, Jerame 33% 3 9 11 Clark, Dallas 46% 6 13
12 Alexander, Stephen 19% 3 16 12 Witten, Jason 31% 5 16 12 Royal, Robert 44% 4 9
13 Graham, Daniel 14% 2 14 13 Gonzalez, Tony 31% 5 16 13 Cooley, Chris 44% 7 16
14 Mangum, Kris 14% 2 14 14 Smith, L.J. 31% 5 16 14 Franks, Bubba 40% 6 15
15 Stevens, Jerramy 13% 2 15 15 Clark, Dallas 31% 4 13 15 Shea, Aaron 38% 5 13
16 Smith, L.J. 13% 2 16 16 Shea, Aaron 31% 4 13 16 Smith, L.J. 38% 6 16
17 Dilger, Ken 13% 2 16 17 Campbell, Mark 30% 3 10 17 Putzier, Jeb 36% 5 14
18 Kinney, Erron 11% 1 9 18 Dunn, Jason 27% 3 11 18 Stevens, Jerramy 33% 5 15
19 Meier, Shad 10% 1 10 19 McMichael, Randy 25% 4 16 19 Schobel, Matt 33% 4 12
20 Manumaleuna, B. 10% 1 10 20 Heiden, Steve 25% 3 12 20 Baker, Chris 33% 4 12
21 Wilcox, Daniel 9% 1 11 21 Lewis , Chad 23% 3 13 21 Tuman, Jerame 33% 3 9
22 Pollard, Marcus 8% 1 12 22 Seidman, Mike 22% 2 9 22 Lewis , Chad 31% 4 13
23 Schobel, Matt 8% 1 12 23 Kinney, Erron 22% 2 9 23 Campbell, Mark 30% 3 10
24 Heiden, Steve 8% 1 12 24 Wiggins, Jermaine 21% 3 14 24 Meier, Shad 30% 3 10
25 Shea, Aaron 8% 1 13 25 Mangum, Kris 21% 3 14 25 Mangum, Kris 29% 4 14
26 Lewis , Chad 8% 1 13 26 Stevens, Jerramy 20% 3 15 26 Dunn, Jason 27% 3 11
27 Franks, Bubba 7% 1 15 27 Meier, Shad 20% 2 10 27 Alexander, Stephen 25% 4 16
28 Williams, Boo 7% 1 15 28 Peelle, Justin 20% 2 10 28 Heiden, Steve 25% 3 12
29 Cooley, Chris 6% 1 16 29 Dilger, Ken 19% 3 16 29 Troupe, Ben 23% 3 13
30 Jones, Freddie 6% 1 16 30 Fauria, Christian 18% 2 11 30 Seidman, Mike 22% 2 9
31 Jolley, Doug 6% 1 16 31 Putzier, Jeb 14% 2 14 31 Kinney, Erron 22% 2 9
32 Baker, Chris 0% 0 12 32 Williams, Boo 13% 2 15 32 Manumaleuna, B. 20% 2 10
33 Royal, Robert 0% 0 9 33 Johnson, Eric 13% 2 16 33 Peelle, Justin 20% 2 10
34 Dunn, Jason 0% 0 11 34 Jones, Freddie 13% 2 16 34 Jones, Freddie 19% 3 16
35 Campbell, Mark 0% 0 10 35 Jolley, Doug 13% 2 16 35 Dilger, Ken 19% 3 16
36 Tuman, Jerame 0% 0 9 36 Manumaleuna, B. 10% 1 10 36 Wilcox, Daniel 18% 2 11
37 Fauria, Christian 0% 0 11 37 Wilcox, Daniel 9% 1 11 37 Fauria, Christian 18% 2 11
38 Peelle, Justin 0% 0 10 38 Troupe, Ben 8% 1 13 38 Williams, Boo 13% 2 15
39 Seidman, Mike 0% 0 9 39 Alexander, Stephen 6% 1 16 39 Jolley, Doug 13% 2 16