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|Owen Daniels - HOU ADP: 135 overall, TE 14||4 votes|
Jeff Pasquino - Owen Daniels comes back to Houston after an injury last year, and he will once again be the unquestioned starter. Matt Schaub loves his big target over the middle, especially in the Red Zone, and the Texans do not have a legit WR2. That means plenty of targets, catches, yards and touchdowns for Daniels who is undervalued right now in all formats. Daniels is a cheap pickup late in fantasy drafts that has definite Top 10 tight end upside.
Aaron Rudnicki - The Texans have clearly shifted to more of a run-based offense in recent years thanks to the play of Arian Foster, but part of that has also been due to injuries by Daniels and star WR Andre Johnson. The talent is there for the Texans to be a very productive passing attack again, especially if most defenses try to load up against the run. Daniels is a talented player who appears to be healthy going into the season. If you want to wait at tight end, you could likely get low-end TE1 production from him and make your team strong elsewhere.
Matt Waldman - Daniels is two years removed from his ACL tear and the Texans are no better off with its wide receiver corps than they were before he injured his knee. The only player I see eating into his potential totals is fullback/tight end James Casey and with a healthy Matt Schaub at the helm, it might not be an either-or situation. There are at least four players drafted ahead of Daniels that I think he will outperform.
|Dustin Keller - NYJ ADP: 156 overall, TE 18||4 votes|
Aaron Rudnicki - The Jets offense looks like a mess, but Keller has a chance to be a primary target. Santonio Holmes is banged up to start the season and doesn't appear to be on the same page as his QB. Keller meanwhile, has been a top-10 TE in each of the past two seasons and probably has even less competition for receiving targets now than ever. The fact that you can get a tight end this good at the 148th pick in the draft is an indicator of how deep the position is these days.
Mark Wimer - Dustin Keller had career highs in targets (115), receptions (65), yards receiving (815) and touchdowns (five) last year. I expect Mark Sanchez to throw short and intermediate routes often (an so would Tim Tebow if he winds up under center for part of the year) - either way, Keller should thrive in the PPR paradigm.
Jason Wood - I wouldn't say I'm a Dustin Keller fan. He seems to disappear down the stretch and doesn't dominate in the red zone. But he is a fluid athlete with good hands, and the Jets continue to have questionable options at the wide receiver position. Keller is virtually guaranteed to be among the most targeted tight ends in the AFC, and he remains in his prime. At TE17, Keller is being treated like an end game backup that's barely above replacement level. Yet, Keller has ranked as the 9th best fantasy tight end in EACH of the last two years. Take advantage of the arbitrage value.
|Brent Celek - PHI ADP: 132 overall, TE 13||2 votes|
Jeff Pasquino - Brent Celek was banged up most of last year, yet he came on down the stretch with five or more receptions in 6 out of the last 10 Philadelphia contests. Celek played through injuries to his hip and also with a sports hernia yet still produced as a Top 10 tight end for the year. Celek had surgery to repair the issues and is a great sleeper tight end for this year as he comes very cheaply late in drafts but has huge upside in that prolific Eagles passing game.
|Fred Davis - WAS ADP: 92 overall, TE 10||2 votes|
Heath Cummings - Only an injury last season prevented Fred Davis from being a top 4 tight end. Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III hasn't targeted him much in the preseason, but once he does he'll see Davis' playmaking ability and go back to him often.
|Tony Gonzalez - ATL ADP: 90 overall, TE 9||2 votes|
Marc Levin - I know there is a glut of talented tight ends in the league right now, and Gonzalez is most certainly on the downside of his career as he heads into his 15th season. Even so, Gonzalez finished as the 4th best fantasy tight end last year with 122 targets. He has not finished below TE8 (higher in PPR leagues) since 1998! What has changed in his situation for 2012? Absolutely nothing. With a floor of TE8, drafting him at TE10 in the late 8th round sounds like great value drafting.
|Brandon Pettigrew - DET ADP: 83 overall, TE 8||2 votes|
Mark Wimer - Brandon Pettigrew plays for a powerful offense and is a trusted target for Matthew Stafford. I can see him catching 100+ passes this year, which should make him a monster in PPR leagues - Pettigrew should outperform his current #8 ADP fairly easily, in my opinion.
|Jared Cook - TEN ADP: 137 overall, TE 15||1 vote|
|Jermichael Finley - GB ADP: 63 overall, TE 6||1 vote|
|Antonio Gates - SD ADP: 43 overall, TE 3||1 vote|
|Jermaine Gresham - CIN ADP: 120 overall, TE 12||1 vote|
|Aaron Hernandez - NE ADP: 49 overall, TE 4||1 vote|