Finley owners should benefit from season’s TE depth

Posted Oct. 11, 2010 @ 6:27 p.m.
Posted By Michael Blunda

Reports Monday indicate that owners of Packers TE Jermichael Finley can expect to be without him for some time. But if there was ever a year to lose a top-tier tight end to injury, it's this one.

After injuring his knee in Sunday's contest, Finley will undergo arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday that will sideline him anywhere from 3-6 weeks, according to reports. Considering how well he was playing through the first month, this is a big blow to those who invested a high pick in him during fantasy drafts. Luckily for them, however, there hasn't been a deeper group of productive tight ends in recent memory, so finding a replacement on the waiver wire shouldn't be difficult.

Assuming that early-season breakouts like the Raiders' Zach Miller, Jets' Dustin Keller and Patriots' Aaron Hernandez have all been scooped up, there are plenty of other options remaining. The Jaguars' Marcedes Lewis already has scored five TDs. The Lions' Brandon Pettigrew has 26 catches for 275 yards and a TD. The Browns' Ben Watson has been solid with 23-230-1. And rookies like the Bengals' Jermaine Gresham (22-158-2) and Chiefs' Tony Moeaki (16-173-2) have been instant contributors.

In addition to these surprises, there are also a couple big-name guys who have disappointed early and may have been cut in your league. Both the Texans' Owen Daniels and Steelers' Heath Miller have done little thus far, but each should bounce back strong soon and wouldn't be a bad pickup. Finley may be out, but the TE spot on your roster shouldn't greatly suffer.