In any new endeavor, it’s normal to experience a few hiccups along the way before finally deciding upon the most sensible course of action. Having said that, last week’s premiere edition of “The Friday Fantasy Focus” was only the starting point.
In a desperate attempt to improve upon last week’s start-sit projections, the drawing board has been consulted and the experts have been polled, resulting in what I sincerly hope will be sound fantasy advice for those in need. In any case, proceed with caution and as always, enjoy!
Trio Of Tight Ends Off To Solid Start
While fantasy staples such as TE Tony Gonzalez, TE Antonio Gates, and more recently, TE Jimmy Graham and TE Rob Gronkowski, have helped to revolutionize the way that many NFL teams now approach the passing game, which in turn, has led to an increase in fantasy production, a trio of tight ends who began the season mostly unknown have given owners plenty to smile about.
Cleveland’s Jordan Cameron (30 rec, 360 yds, 5 td), Miami’s Charles Clay (20 rec, 245 yds, 1 td), and Denver’s Julius Thomas (18 rec, 237 yds, 4 td), have all proven that they’re worthy of a start in any league through the first quarter of the season. Currently at the forefront of a new generation of pass-catching tight ends capable of receiver-like fantasy production, all three have been critical to the overall success of their team’s offense, and serve as several more examples of the position’s increasing role in offences throughout the NFL..
Whether you happen to be scanning the waiver wire for a bye-week replacement or simply an upgrade, try to avoid tight ends who are sharing the workload such as Cincinnati’s Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert, at least until one emerges as the obvious number one option. Trying to predict who will become the next Gonzalez or Gates can be next to impossible, but tight ends who are on teams that lack depth at the wide receiver position are always a good place to start.