Tag:tight end expansion
Posted on: January 25, 2011 12:56 pm

Too many tight ends?

There's no doubt that the tight ends at the top of my positional rankings list are great for Fantasy. They're essentially big-play receiver types that you can line up at the tight end spot. The same reason why you love them are the same reason why NFL coaches love the athletic tight ends.

But if you miss on them, should you shed a tear? Maybe if you're near an onion. Otherwise, no. In fact, you should smile.

Assuming you play in an 8-, 10- or 12-team league and start only one tight end, you are already locked at the position. It's done already. Consider the Top 16 Fantasy tight ends:

1. Antonio Gates, SD
2. Dallas Clark, IND
3. Jason Witten, DAL
4. Vernon Davis, SF
5. Rob Gronkowski, NE
6. Jermichael Finley, GB
7. Tony Gonzalez, ATL
8. Chris Cooley, WAS
9. Kellen Winslow, TB
10. Zach Miller, OAK
11. Jimmy Graham, NO
12. Marcedes Lewis, JAC
13. Aaron Hernandez, NE
14. Owen Daniels, HOU
15. Brandon Pettigrew, DET
16. Kevin Boss, NYG

Would anyone prefer someone like Boss or Pettigrew to Gates or Clark? Probably not. But there's nothing un appealing about starting Boss or Pettigrew in Fantasy.

In standard leagues that start one tight end, every single owner will have someone sitting there waiting for them. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so one owner might swipe Gates or Clark in late Round 4 while another waits until Round 8 or 9 for Gonzalez or Cooley while another spends his third-to-last pick on Pettigrew or Boss. Any way you slice it, you're getting tremendous value.

But should we make good use of the talent that's there and challenge our league further? Should Fantasy commissioners consider adapting rosters to require TWO starting tight ends in 2011? Why not take advantage of the depth and talent at the position, which is only going to expand as teams look for more mismatch material to dominate defenses?

Roster impact: Owners would expand starting lineups to include a second tight-end slot and expand Fantasy drafts by one round to accomodate the extra player.

Draft impact: Tight ends would start flying off the boards much sooner (Round 3?), and multiple owners would get left holding the bag and gambling on the likes of Jermaine Gresham and Tony Moeaki -- not that that would necessarily be a bad thing.

Time-spent impact: Assuming you don't nail down two good tight ends, it would be more work on the waiver wire to solidify the tight end spots. Some owners don't mind that work, others go through it enough with one tight end as it is.

Scoring impact: More points, obviously. Is that a bad thing?

It's another draft pick, another roster spot at another lineup spot at a position bursting at the seams with talent. Sounds like a win all the way around for eager Fantasy owners.
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