Hey, everybody! Sorry, it's been so long, but alas, my real job takes precedence over my blog. Well, I'm back, and I'm going to drop the last of my fantasy reports. I know, that I have already done a fantasy "tight end" report. I hope you all enjoyed it. I know I did :), but this is my real fantasy Tight End report. It's no secret the tight end position is probably my favorite. They are big, they block (some of them) and they catch. Once again, I don't rank them. I'll leave that to the experts and you kind reader, but these are the guys I want as my fantasy tight end, and they aren't half bad players either ;)
Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers. This former Kent State basketball player has been at the summit of the Tight End mountain for the past six years. He is definitely Philip Rivers go to guy, and with Vincent Jackson threatening to hold out for most of the season (in addition to his 3 game suspension), you know Philip will be looking for his big tight end (6' 4"/260 lbs). Last season, Gates pulled in 79 receptions for 1157 yards and 8 touchdowns. 2009 Fantasy Stat: 105.85 points.
Dallas Clark of the Indianapolis Colts. Tight Ends are a quarterbacks best friend, and Peyton Manning loves Dallas Clark. Clark finally made a Pro Bowl, after playing second and third fiddle to Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez. Clark had 100 receptions 1106 yards and 10 touchdowns. 2009 Fantasy Stat: 116.40 points.
Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers. I haven't been this excited by 49ers tight end since Brent Jones. Finally, Vernon Davis showed everyone what we had expected to see when he first came into the league. Once Vernon realized he was better off on Mike Singletary highway, he exploded. He corralled 78 receptions for 965 yards and 13 touchdowns. Hopefully, who ever is finally under center in San Francisco will find Davis early and often. 2009 Fantasy Stat: 126.25 points.
Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys. Generally speaking, I rarely have anything good to say about anybody wearing the "star." However, Dallas' tight end and Tony Romo's best friend is an exception to the rule. Witten has been a top five Tight End for the last three years. In 2009, Witten hauled in 1030 yards, but only two tight ends. 2009 Fantasy Stat: 63.50 points.
Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons. My favorite tight end. The Greatest Tight End of All Time in my opinion. TG's first catch of the season will be number 1000 of his career. People keep waiting for Tony to fall off, but he continues to surpass every one's expectations. He left my Chiefs last year to join the Falcons in an attempt to chase that seemingly elusive Super Bowl ring. He finished the 2009 season with 83 receptions 867 yards and 6 touchdowns. Not bad for an "old timer." 2009 Fantasy Stat: 79.35 points.
Other Top Ten Tight Ends: Brent Celek (Philadelphia Eagles), Kellen Winslow (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Visanthe Shiancoe (Minnesota Vikings), Heath Miller (Pittsburgh Steelers), Greg Olsen (Chicago Bears). Watch for Jermichael Finley (Green Bay Packers), Owen Daniels (Houston Texans), and Dustin Keller (New York Jets).
Rookie on the Rise: Jermaine Gresham of the Cincinnati Bengals. Gresham was the 21st overall pick and the first tight end off the board. The 6'5", 261 pounder from Oklahoma was hampered a bit by a knee injury, but he finished his senior season with 66 receptions for 950 yards and 14 touchdowns. His college totals were 111 receptions, 1629 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Until next time, "Football is a game played with arms, legs and shoulders but mostly from the neck up."-Knute Rockne
*Gratuitous Tony Gonzalez shot