Updated 9:20 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Sept. 5
The PFW staff brings you its late-week fantasy tips for tight ends, including a promising matchup for Jets TE Dustin Keller and why Titans TE Jared Cook deserves a start.
With Kellen Winslow having been removed from the Seahawks’ offensive mix after refusing to take a paycut, the fantasy value of holdover TE Zach Miller has not necessarily been enhanced. The way we hear it, while Miller can be expected to be more of a factor catching passes this season, he is going to be giving up more than a few opportunities to newcomer Evan Moore, who had four TDs with the Browns last season, and holdover Anthony McCoy, who was a revelation this summer after previously specializing in dropping passes. McCoy could be an interesting under-the-radar fantasy sleeper.
For several years, Jared Cook has been named as a potential fantasy breakout player because he possesses a rare size-speed ratio similar to that of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Cook enters 2012, a contract year, with high hopes once again, as he ended 2011 on a rampage. New starting QB Jake Locker has the arm strength to maximize Cook’s seam-stretching ability. Week One is an ideal opportunity for Cook to pick up where he left off at the end of ’11. Tennessee hosts the Patriots, who allowed a putrid 293.9 passing yards per game last season. New England put forth a greater commitment to improving the “D” this offseason, but until it shows the moves paid off, this is a “D” that must be tested.
Ravens TEs Ed Dickson (shoulder) and Dennis Pitta (hand) could each play in Week One vs. Cincinnati. Both could be key parts of the offense, and each could merit roster spots in deeper formats. That said, with the Ravens playing Monday night, it’s hard to recommend either as Week One starts right now (save for very big leagues where you can alter your lineups until the last minute).
The release of Evan Moore makes Benjamin Watson the Browns tight end to own at the outset of the season. However, second-year pro Jordan Cameron is a player to watch as the year progresses.
Jets TE Dustin Keller, Mark Sanchez’s favorite target, had success against Buffalo — the Jets' Week One opponent — last season, recording 4-64 in Week Nine and 4-61-2 in Week 12. The Bills will try to use converted LB Bryan Scott and SS George Wilson to cover tight ends, but Keller has a solid size-speed ratio to rack up fantasy points. He was one of the more consistent tight ends last season and will likely be targeted often against Buffalo, especially in the red zone considering that Plaxico Burress is no longer with the Jets.