Two fantasy football tight ends could emerge as hot commodities

      October 18, 2013 @ 12:51:08 PDT


Do you find yourself in a tight end predicament at this point in the year? Perhaps you own Jimmy Graham, who is in his bye week and may be limited coming out of it after injuring his foot in Week 6. Maybe you owned Owen Daniels (currently on Injured Reserve with a non-displaced fracture of his fibula).

You could have Tony Gonzalez on your team; his production should take a pretty big hit with Julio Jones (foot) out for the year and Roddy White (hamstring, ankle) in the midst of a lost season. The ageless one will see plenty of double teams and press coverage at the line from now on.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Timothy Wright
The price is Wright

Or sadly, maybe you punted on the position in the draft and have been left with inconsistent names like Brandon Pettigrew, Tyler Eifert, Jermaine Gresham and Brandon Myers, to name a few.

Playing the waiver wire or free-agent pool isn't a bad way to go if you're looking for starting options at TE, or if you're just building depth. Luckily, the scope of midrange sleeper talent at the position is rich with options.

Here are two dudes that I like to be successful throughout the rest of the year that your league mates likely don't know much about yet:

Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins: First off, his matchup this weekend against the Chicago Bears could yield a big game. Da Bears aren't the imposing, shut-down D of years past anymore, and their interior on the D-line is in shambles. Oh, and they give up the third highest receptions per game to the TE position (6.50).

We all know that Robert Griffin III isn't running nearly as often as he did during his rookie explosion in 2013. He's chucking the ball frequently, and Reed has had exactly six targets in three separate games this year, including last weekend when he hauled in four passes for a career-high 58 yards against the Dallas Cowboys.

The rookie third-round pick only has one touchdown on the year but has clearly surpassed Fred Davis on the depth chart and has become one of RGIII's primary aerial targets. I'm starting him in a few leagues where I own Graham. Just saying.

Timothy Wright, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Wright, another rookie and converted wide receiver, has come on strong in the team's last two contests. He's been targeted 15 times in those weeks for 12 catches and 132 yards. It's a small sample size, but this super sleeper has some upside and things working in his favor.

It's no coincidence that Wright's emergence has come in the two games that fellow rookie QB Mike Glennon has started after Josh Freeman's demotion and release. Rookie signal callers often lean on their tight ends as a safety valve, and the early returns certainly support that theory. Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams will create distractions on the edges, leaving Wright plenty of room to work in the middle. He's also got the chemistry factor working for him with Glennon. He needs to be on your radar immediately.

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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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