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2007 Fantasy Football Busts - Tight Ends
Huddle Staff
August 9, 2007
Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends

David Dorey's Tight End Bust

Alge CrumplerAlge Crumpler, Atlanta
Since there are only about a dozen tight ends of fantasy note each year, that means there are about 80 “busts” you could accurately predict. Crumpler won’t be a bust in the classic sense, but of all tight ends likely to be taken as a fantasy starter, Crumpler has the biggest chance of being a disappointment. His long-time buddy Michael Vick is gone this year and no longer can you rely on the Atlanta quarterback looking feverishly to either run or throw the ball to Crumpler. Joey Harrington will be conducting the new offense brought in by head coach Bobby Petrino that doesn’t feature the tight end as the primary receiver on every play. Crumpler won’t disappear, but he won’t meet the expectations of most.

Scott Boyter's Tight End Bust

Alge Crumpler, Atlanta
No tight end ever benefited more from a great relationship with a quarterback than Crumpler did with Michael Vick. And I use the past tense because it's becoming less and less likely that Vick will even sniff an NFL playing field this season. If that's the case, Crumpler's value craters. And that's not even taking into consideration knee problems he's been fighting the last two seasons.

Brent Clement's Tight End Bust

Alge Crumpler, Atlanta
Crumpler loses his QB,  who loves to throw his direction, and has to deal with a new coaching staff that is implementing a new offense. The new offense is a college spread, that goes outside to the WR’s more than inside to the TE’s.   This is a poor combination for Crumpler owners, and he will be drafted ahead of player who will outscore him significantly.

Michael Courter's Tight End Bust

Alge Crumpler, Atlanta
Crumpler’s usually top shelf fantasy production takes a major body-blow with the removal of bestest buddy Michael Vick from the Falcons offense.  Crumpler is a certifiable football talent, with or without Vick, and there is a decent chance he can remain productive in Bobby Petrino’s new offense, even with Joey Harrington delivering the ball to him.  However, he currently sits in the elite grouping of fantasy tight ends based on the tremendous chemistry he constructed with Vick over the several seasons he played with the former Falcons franchise quarterback and that productive on-field union has now been destroyed by Vick’s egregious actions off-the-field, making Crumpler’s fantasy value suffer collateral damage from the fallout.

Bob Cunningham's Tight End Bust

Alge Crumpler, Atlanta
This isn’t intended to be an indictment of Crumpler’s skills as much as a general lack of respect for Atlanta’s situation with Joey Harrington or D.J. Shockley as QB.  Michael Vick has never been much of a passing QB, but he does know how to find Crumpler for key gains and TDs.  Not sure if either of Vick’s fill-ins can do the same, so I think it’s a mistake to count on too much from the big guy.

Joe Levit's Tight End Bust

Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City
With Will Shields calling it quits along the offensive line, the team is going to need Gonzalez to block now more than ever. He is a proven player, who always manages to stay near the top of the pack, but I think he will slip a bit this season, and be overvalued in drafts this summer.

Kevin Ratterree's Tight End Busts

Kellen Winslow, Cleveland
Just too much injury baggage with this guy in relation to how high he gets drafted.  I'd rather take a chance on Vernon Davis for the same money.

Alge Crumpler, Atlanta
Vick is gone, and so is the old coaching regime.  And with them Crumplers guaranteed team leading reception numbers.  Crumpler might not fall off the map, he is too talented for that.  But given the quarterback situation at this moment in time, I don't like Crumplers chances of remaining top 5 in the position.

Paul Sandy's Tight End Bust

Alge Crumpler, Atlanta
Atlanta’s new head coach likes to run a spread offense that relies heavily on receivers. That alone is enough to damage Crumpler’s value. What’s even more alarming is that he likely won’t have Michael Vick dumping the ball to him every other time he drops back to pass. It’s best to put Crumpler’s past production out of your mind and let someone else take him four rounds before they should.

Darin Tietgen's Tight End Bust

Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City
This is an easy one.  Gonzalez is 31 years old, and his numbers have declined each of the past two seasons.  Sure, he went from 2 TDs in 2005 to 5 last season, but that’s a far cry from the 10 he had in 2003.  The Chiefs, aside from possible QB starter Brodie Croyle, is an aging team, period.  That’s not a good sign:  aging offensive line and skill players and a green quarterback.  All signs point to Gonzalez having another rough season, probably hovering around 900 yards again, with 5-7 TDs at best.  Not bad, yardage-wise, but Gonzo is being selected as the third TE in many mock drafts.  If it were me, I’d wait several rounds and take one of the TEs listed above.

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