Around Fantasyland: Tight ends

Posted June 02, 2012 @ 10 a.m.
Posted By William Del Pilar

It was a light week in terms of news regarding fantasy tight ends this offseason. Knowing which tight ends can approach No. 1 fantasy relevance means you can wait later in the draft and find a value pick at a different position.

Trade best for all
The possibility that veteran Kellen Winslow would not have bought into new head coach Greg Schiano’s more college-like practices helped make the trade to the Seahawks happen. Winslow never became a playmaker for the Bucs and Schiano probably believed Winslow could have become an overpriced malcontent. Winslow clearly has lost a step and while most won’t argue that his hands are still outstanding, he only has No. 2 fantasy TE value.

Play it out
In the final season of his rookie contract, Dustin Keller might have to play it out and then worry about a possible extension. However, Tony Sparano’s offense is not TE-focused, and the position is just another checkdown position. Playing for a big contract will be doubly difficult for the inconsistent Keller, who enters his fifth pro season as a No. 2 fantasy tight end with minimal upside.

No longer a focal point
Patterned after the Giants, who rarely use the tight end as an offensive threat, the Buccaneers also will lessen the role of the tight end as a receiver. That will hurt the minimal value Dallas Clark already had. Right now, Clark has no fantasy value outside of being an in-season matchup play.

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