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Why you should consider a tight end flex on Draft Day

By Joe Polito | CBSSports.com

Jordan Cameron and Jimmy Graham finished fifth and first respectively in TE Fantasy scoring last season. (USATSI)
Jordan Cameron and Jimmy Graham finished fifth and first respectively in TE Fantasy scoring last season. (USATSI)

In case you haven't noticed, we do a lot of drafts here at CBSSports.com. I'd like to say that all of my picks are calculated according to scientific strategy, but really it usually just comes down to liking one guy more than another and filling out your team based on need.

But when the stakes were highest, in our 18-team PPR Fantasy Editorial league, I made easily the best move of my Fantasy career. Essentially, I punted on WR and drafted Jordan Cameron with the 97th overall pick to pair up with Jimmy Graham. I capitalized on the fact that, these days, productive NFL tight ends are pretty much power forwards getting covered by midgets and slow people.

Of course, it didn't hurt that I nailed my other picks -- Marshawn Lynch, Peyton Manning, Danny Woodhead and Emmanuel Sanders. My only bust through the first 120 guys taken was Tavon Austin.

I finished fourth in the end because by then Josh Gordon was hogging the targets in Cleveland, while Graham and Manning decided to be human for a week -- combining for just 23 Fantasy points.

But I don't regret the draft decision that immediately gave me a leg up for 90 percent of the season. You could easily say that I had the best team in the league. I totalled 160 more Fanatsy points than the second highest scorer while simultaneously earning the "unluckiest" award for having the most points "allowed" on the year. Stupid non-existent Fantasy "defense."

Cameron fell hard after Week 8, which likely spelled my demise. Had I sold high on him early on, I might have won it all. Still, I'm not sure I'll shy away from him if he drops to me again.

On one hand the Browns will likely be Gordon-less again for a good chunk of next year, but on the flip side Cameron won't have Norv Turner and Rob Chudzinski's TE-friendly offense drawing him up tons of jump balls. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard differ a great deal in how they value Cameron going into next year. It might just come down to whether you value upside over consistency.

But the bottom line is tight ends have a niche worth exploiting when the rest of your league is fighting over unpredictable wide receivers. In a league this deep, it was nice to have Cameron despite his significant dropoff if only for the fact that free agent wideouts were on the Ace Sanders-end of the spectrum, and running backs were even worse. Receivers were tough to draft as well, considering Chris Givens, Kenny Britt, Lance Moore and Ryan Broyles all went in the same round as Cameron. Finding flaws in my logic? Let me know in the comments, and give us your best draft moves from last season.

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