Gresham tallied one reception (on three targets) for nine yards during Sunday's win at San Francisco. Since Darren Fells returned from a two-game absence in Week 10, the Cardinals' offense has boasted a full complement of tight ends, but Gresham's snap count (181 of 229) versus Darren Fells' (107) during that span indicates that he's the clear-cut No. 1 option at the moment. Gresham's standing hasn't been reflected in the box score, though, as his stat line (three catches for 35 yards and one touchdown on six targets) has been replicated by Fells (four receptions for 39 yards and one touchdown on six targets) over the last three contests. In any case, potential owners should tread carefully due to the overall lack of output from either player.
Gresham wasn't targeted one time during Sunday's victory versus the Bengals. Gresham received a large share of the tight-end workload, scooping up 41 of the Cardinals' 60 offensive snaps, but the usage didn't resonate in the box score. Meanwhile, his mate at the position, Darren Fells, picked up the slack with an 18-yard touchdown grab among his 27 snaps. With impressive depth dotting the skill positions in Arizona, the fringe options must milk the touches that arrive on their doorsteps, and neither Gresham nor Fells has stood out for consideration in standard fantasy circles.
Gresham recorded his first touchdown as a Cardinal among a two-catch, 26-yard performance Sunday at Seattle. Gresham received a consistently minimal snap count before Darren Fells suffered a shoulder injury in Week 6, but the veteran tight end has been a threat in the Cardinals' passing attack in the meantime. In two games sans Fells, Gresham was targeted 10 times, accruing six receptions for 81 yards, and he remained the top tight end upon Fells' return Sunday. Notching 73 of the offense's 89 snaps versus 50 for Fells, Gresham may have staked a claim to a starting role in Arizona. Nevertheless, the breakdown of snaps over the next few weeks will indicate who is considered the preferred option of Carson Palmer.
Gresham made two catches (on four targets) for 19 yards during Sunday's win at Cleveland. Gresham has acted as the nominal starting tight end during Darren Fells' (shoulder) two-game absence, earning 82 percent of the offensive snaps. In the process, Gresham's target count for the season has doubled from 10 to 20, which has equated to six receptions for 81 yards. Meanwhile, second-year tight end Troy Niklas has also experienced an uptick in usage, but his two targets Sunday were far more valuable for fantasy purposes, as he reached the end zone on both occasions. If Fells recovers in time for the Cardinals' next tilt in Week 10 in Seattle, Gresham's snaps will return to the standard established in the first six contests of the season.
Gresham gathered in four catches (on six targets) for 62 yards during Monday's win against the Ravens. Darren Fells dominated the tight-end workload in the Cardinals' first six contests, but a shoulder injury suffered in Week 6 opened the door for Gresham to be a factor in the passing game. According to Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix, Gresham earned 51 of 62 offensive snaps, and in the process, he surpassed his accumulated receiving yards on the season before Monday in just one outing. With Fells expected to miss one or two more games, Gresham has a chance to put his stamp on one of the most dynamic offenses in the league.
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