Fantasy Football Tight End Secrets – Draft Day Do’s and Dont’s

In Fantasy Football, the Tight End position is one where you see owners taking players too early every year. Jason Witten will go in the second or third round in your league on Draft Day, and then the other 3 or 4 top tight ends will follow in an avalanche of lost value. Just make sure you do not get tempted to join this rush of failure. Remember the Do’s and Dont’s below to get max value from this less than important position.

…start rumors going strong after the second round! Start discussions about Jason Witten, Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates early, and take some time to discuss with other owners when they think these monsters will go. Ask owners who they think the next elite Tight End will be; Seattle’s John Carlson, ข่าวบอล Washington’s Chris Cooley or Houston’s Owen Daniels? You may be tempted to get a tight end in round 4 after you have RB RB WR on your roster, after following the advice in my previous 2 articles on Fantasy Football Draft Day Do’s and Dont’s. Let everyone else overvalue their tight end, and only pick up a 4th round tight end if the following applies…

…pick up a premier tight end in round 4, but only if you have RB RB and a top flight WR! Ignore anyone other than a Witten or Gonzalez type marquee player. Only 5 Tight Ends had 800+ yards last year, and only 4 had 7 or more TDs. If you can get an elite TE here, awesome; if not, just wait. The next 15 TEs are all about the same.

…fret if you have to settle for a TE in the late rounds! After landing QB RB RB WR WR (WR for those leagues that start 3), start looking, but do not take a Donald Lee or Ben Watson if there is better talent out there at WR or RB. Always take the best player available at a skill position after you have your big 5 or 6 starters. I got Visanthe Shiancoe late last year, and he worked out fine. We had an owner in one league take Kellen Winslow in the 4th round last year, while tons of RB and WR talent was out there. Winslow got injured and the owner never recovered from a wasted early pick.

…be afraid to pull the trigger on a trade immediately after the draft for your Elite TE if it improves your RB or WR core! If you get Witten, approach whoever had the best RB draft. If you can pull a 1 for 1 trade after Draft Day and move a starting TE for starting RB, do it. Remember, the difference between the 5th and 12th ranked TEs last year was 270 yards and 2 TDs. That means in a 12 team Fantasy League all but 3 or 4 teams will have nearly identical production, so if you can move Gonzalez or Clark for Pierre Thomas, do it!

Tight Ends are really something I do not think much about. Ask League Champions to elaborate on their winning teams, and they will mention RBs and WRs, not TEs. Just be prepared come Draft Day, and if you read all the articles in my “Draft Day Do’s and Dont’s” series, you will be poised for a good run in 2009. And remember, research is the key. I get all my research from the NFL’s website, and The Sporting News Fantasy Football Guide.

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