Once the running backs, wide receivers and quarterbacks come off the board in fantasy football drafts, it's almost as if we're forced to select tight ends. Nobody looks forward to it.
And nobody likes getting stuck with a second- or third-tier name at that position. Fortunately for you, with the emphasis the league has put on two tight end sets in recent years, the position has become much deeper.
Don't feel forced to spend an earlier-than-desired selection on a Jason Witten, Tony Gonzalez, Rob Gronkowski or Vernon Davis.
Here are three guys I like almost just as much at a much cheaper price:
Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
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Fleener failed to live up to expectations in his rookie season, which will likely make him an afterthought in this year's drafts. He missed four games due to a shoulder injury, though, and it nagged him the rest of the season. He should surpass Dwayne Allen in the pecking order if he's healthy. After all, he has plenty of familiarity with Andrew Luck and offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, who both worked with him at Stanford.
Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams
The best thing for Cook was probably leaving the Tennessee Titans, where he never was able to live up to his potential. The Rams, head coach Jeff Fisher and the rest of the coaching staff see him as a man ready to take his career to the next level. St. Louis will move Cook all over the field, and Sam Bradford will likely rely on him plenty, since the rest of his receivers consist of rookie Tavon Austin and a cast of unproven wideouts.
Dustin Keller, Miami Dolphins
Miami has a very realistic chance to unseat the New England Patriots as reigning AFC East champs. The addition of Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson to the receiving corps gives them nice depth to their aerial assault. If Ryan Tannehill makes strides in his second season, this offense could be quite explosive. Keller was fantasy-relevant for stretches with the Mark Sanchez circus throwing him passes in New York. Imagine what he might be able to do in a real offense…
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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