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Week 8 vs. HOU
Receiving: 6 / 64 / 1 on 9 targets
Tamme could very well end up with numbers that match what Dallas Clark was able to put up. He isn't very big, and is a little under-sized as a blocker, but he has more speed than Clark and seems to have very good hands. On the first drive, Tamme made a few nice moves, showing an impressive quickness of feet for a tight end. Manning looked comfortable throwing him the ball, and as the two gain chemistry, expect Tamme to continue to get production week in and week out.
Week 9 vs. PHI
Receiving: 11 / 108 / 1 on 16 targets
Jacob Tamme continues to produce in the place of the injured Dallas Clark, this week leading the Colts in targets (17), receptions (11) and yards (108) against the Philadelphia Eagles. Tamme took advantage of the Eagles' inability to cover tight ends, working the middle of the field and the short perimeter against modest linebacker coverages. Even though this matchup was highly favorable, Tamme exhibited such strong production that it will be hard to bench him the rest of the year. Indianapolis has limited targets for Peyton Manning so Tamme is a must start fantasy tight end.
Week 10 vs. CIN
Receiving: 7 / 73 / 0 on 10 targets
Although Tamme continued performing like, well, like -- himself on Sunday, pulling in seven balls for 73 yards, he did drop more than a few passes during the game, something that has been attributed to his back injury in the wake of the game's conclusion. He is without a doubt one of Peyton Manning's favorite go-to targets and the debate has begun whether he is indeed even better than the vaunted Dallas Clark himself. He's arguably one of --- if not THE --- best fantasy tight end in the league at this point and because of this, news of him re-aggravating his back injury on Sunday is made all the more important. Whether he's on your team or not, this situation is worth monitoring for obvious reasons.
Week 11 vs. NE
Receiving: 7 / 60 / 0 on 11 targets
Jacob Tamme was mostly used as a safety valve option for Manning as the Colts were in the two minute drill in the second half. Tamme did make a nice catch down the seam at one point, but his effectiveness was limited by how the Patriots defense was playing the Colts offense, with plenty of zone coverages and protecting against the deep ball.
Week 12 vs. SD
Receiving: 7 / 64 / 1 on 9 targets
Tamme considered his surprisingly effective turn as the Colts replacement tight end, with a game high seven receptions and another score. The touchdown was a quick pass at the goal line, which he then fought through defenders to pick up the score. Later, he showed great hands on a low pass down the seam that he was able to haul in, and also made a nice sideline grab late in the game. As if it wasn't already obvious, Tamme has established himself as one of the best tight end options in the game ever since the injury to Dallas Clark put him out for the year, and in this game Tamme was the most effective receiver from a fantasy perspective for either team.
Week 13 vs. DAL
Receiving: 4 / 47 / 0 on 7 targets
Tamme clearly has Peyton Manning's confidence as the All Pro quarterback is not scared to throw it to Tamme regardless of down and distance. Tamme is being utilized on quick outs and passes across the middle when the defense has put a nickel corner on the young tight end. Tamme only caught 4 passes against the Cowboys but was involved in two key plays. On the first, Tamme caught a short pass to the right that resulted in a 26 yard gain on the Colts first drive of the second half. They would score one play later on a deep pass to Reggie Wayne. Tamme also had the unfortunate distinction of being the target for Peyton Manning's last pass of the day, a ball that was didn't quite settle between two defenders and was tipped and intercepted. Considering he had only 6 career catches when Dallas Clark succumbed to injury, Tamme is playing very well and has developed in to a vital piece of the Colts offense.
Week 14 vs. TEN
Receiving: 4 / 36 / 0 on 5 targets
Tamme was woefully underused in this game compared to previous weeks as Manning clearly favoured his receivers over any other type of player in this game. Tamme caught some short passes on option routes early in the game for modest gains, hampered by his limited skillset and athletic ability. Tamme is not as good or as fast as his receiver counter parts and was overlooked for most of this game.
Week 15 vs. JAX
Receiving: 7 / 34 / 0 on 7 targets
For a few weeks now, Tamme has been primarily used in very short passes. It was no difference in this game. Tamme stayed in short, and posed no threat in the deep passing game. As much of a factor as he was early in the year, he just hasn't been very good lately. However, the Collie injury might still make him a potential start over the final two weeks, as he did gets used more in the 2nd half once Collie went down.
Week 16 vs. OAK
Receiving: 7 / 78 / 1 on 8 targets
Tamme seemed much quicker and faster in this game than he has in previous weeks. The Raiders do a poor job of defending the tight ends, and Manning and Tamme exploited this matchup all game long. Perhaps having better blocking RB's afforded the Colts the ability to turn Tamme loose, instead of keeping him in to block, but whatever the reasons, Tamme was Manning's primary target, and his intermediate gains were the only consistent threat the Colts were able to hit on throughout this game.
Week 17 vs. TEN
Receiving: 7 / 67 / 0 on 9 targets
Tamme continues to be the biggest downfield threat for the Colts on any given play, as he can make big plays up the middle of the field with his speed. He got 67 yards, but could have had even more, had a 20+ yard gain not been wiped out when Tamme was called for a pass interference penalty. Tamme might not have a starting job in 2011 when Clark returns, but he'll still no doubt get a lot of playing time.
Week 18 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 5 / 46 / 0 on 8 targets
Tamme has had a very good season, and he has been able to put up numbers which have lessened the blow of losing Dallas Clark. But the difference between the two was quite evident on Saturday. While Tamme is a solid athlete and pass catcher, Clark is more dynamic and able to get a few critical yards after the catch.
Against the Jets in last year's AFC Championship game, Clark gouged the Jets across the middle again and again. Tamme did not and whether that was poor game scheming on HC Jim Caldwell's part or an inability of Tamme's is hard to say. But while Tamme was able to make plays and move the chains, he could not make big plays and wasn't a huge factor in many key possessions. Tamme is a good tight end, perhaps even great, but he is still developing and has a ways to go before he becomes the threat Dallas Clark is.