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Fantasy spins: Jacob Tamme, Joel Dreessen

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By William Del Pilar

Broncos bring Tamme in to help Manning

Many don’t realize the fantasy potential Jacob Tamme brings to the Broncos. Tamme signed a three-year deal worth $9 million, with $3.5 million guaranteed. Overshadowed by Dallas Clark in Indianapolis, Tamme has had his moments. In 2010 against the Eagles in Week Eight he ended with 11-108-1 on 17 targets, and in 16 games with eight starts posted 67-631-4. He has a four-year career stat line of 92-855-5 in 60 games with 14 starts.

Only 27 years old, he does have potential and will come in hoping to carry the Manning TE legacy that started with Marcus Pollard and then Clark. However, don’t assume he has Clark’s talent and view him as a No. 2 fantasy tight end with upside. He was signed partly because he knows the offense, can help implement and teach it, as well as produce in it. Remember, the team has a wild card in Julius Thomas, although he’s a raw talent who may take time to develop.

Dreessen surprisingly chooses Denver

Joel Dreessen was making the free-agent rounds and was looking for a greater opportunity than he had during five seasons in Houston. He’s not a great fantasy tight end but did have a solid 2011 campaign, posting 28-353-6 on 39 targets and was a TD vulture. In two seasons he has piled up 10 touchdowns, a solid feat for a tight end with 64 receptions in that span — a touchdown every 6.4 receptions.

In six seasons — 91 games with 34 starts — he amassed 110-1,364-13, and he'll have an opportunity to start. However, look for him to keep his TD vulture role and to be the primary blocking tight end as Jacob Tamme has an advantage. Tamme knows the offense and has built a rapport with new Broncos QB Peyton Manning.

Dreessen has value in larger leagues as a matchup play, but watch how he’s used to determine his full value. Remember, the team has Julius Thomas, whom it will view as the future more than Dreessen.

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