FANFOOD FF’13 – Get & Forget TE

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The next preseason edition of the FANFOOD Get & Forget will focus on the tight end position.

 

There is a wealth of information out there and we have an index of well over 400 Fantasy Football links on the FANFOOD Fantasy Football Tools page. Combing through them all we have come up with some tight ends you should get and some you should forget, followed by a recipe for St. Louis Barbecue Sauce.

 

The tight end position in fantasy football is a necessary evil, (just like kickers). In most standard leagues you have to start one. The biggest questions are; when do you draft one and who should it be? Do you want to get one of the top 3 or do you want to wait and load up other positions? There is no doubt who the elite options are, (Graham & Gronk) but in order to get the services of one of them you will have to use a 2nd or 3rd round pick on them. While it is true that they will score you more than 30-40 points at that position than the rest of your competition, over the course of the season that is really only about 2 points more per game. Is that enough to justify the high draft pick? The TE position is deep and there are many good options that can be had later in the draft, so who do you get and who do you forget?

 

Let’s get to it!

 

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GET

Vernon Davis

Prior to the injury to Michael Crabtree we would have said to skip on Davis because he was only targeted 61 times last season. But now that he has been asked to step up and fill the void he top his numbers from last year where he had 41 catches for 548 yards and 5 TDs. Davis will be seeing some time as a WR in Crabtree’s absence and his the best bet to take over his title of lead receiver. He will be a nice option for you to GET in round 6 of your draft in the middle of the run on TEs.

 

FORGET

Antonio Gates

Antonio is going to give you the same numbers as TEs like Olsen, Cook and Rudolph, and while he is getting drafted a round or two later (like in the 9th), we don’t like him even there. Last season Gates managed just 49 catches for 538 yards, his lowest marks since his rookie season. Over the past three seasons he has hasn’t played a full 16 games so there is the threat of him missing time. A season ending injury to Danario Alexander have many people expecting a bounce back year from Gates, we feel that you can FORGET the 32 year old as your starting TE. Let another team fool with him.

 

 

GET

Jason Witten

Witten led all NFL tight ends in receptions (110) and yards (1039), but had only 3 touchdowns. The lack of scores seem to be the knock on him and why he is not mentioned in the top 3. While Dez Bryant and Miles Austin always remain threats to take away targets, Tony loves to throw the ball to him and he lead all TE’s in targets last year. Now you shouldn’t jump up and GET him the 3rd round of your draft, but if he is there at the end of the 4th, that is solid value to go with your first three picks.

 

FORGET

Jermichael Finley

Last year he was the 19th ranked tight end with 61 receptions for 667 yards and 2 touchdowns. He is in a contract year which gives him millions of reasons to improve on those numbers. The problem is that Discount Double Check has a bunch of options in Green Bay when their offense gets in the red zone. James Jones scored 14 times, Cobb 8 and the injured Nelson had 7 of his own. Now you might say that with the injury to Nelson and Jennings now a Viking, this means more targets for Finley. You could be right because the coaching staff says he is having a heck of a camp, but reports from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel say he isn’t seeing many targets. There are just too many question marks, and FORGET spending a 6th round pick on him. You can wait and…

 

 

GET

Rob Housler

Rob Housler enters his third year in the league and took a step forward last year and became the Cardinals #1 TE. Now that Todd Heap is gone, there is no one that will challenge him on the depth chart. This and the fact that he has a new coach and better QB are the reasons you need to wait and GET him. Last year Bruce Arians got good production from a pair of rookie tight ends, with Colby Fleener & Dwayne Allen totaling 71 receptions for 802 yards and 5 TD. Just imagine what the 3rd year TE can get in the desert? Carson Palmer will help all the Cardinals offensive players, and Larry Fitzgerald is going to draw the majority of the attention from defenses. Many people think that last year’s 1st round pick Michael Floyd, will have a breakout year and if they are correct, defenses will have a hard time covering all three leaving Housler open for more targets and scores. Look for him to improve on last year’s numbers (45 receptions for 417 yards and 0 TDs) to something like (60/600/6). That will get you 100 pts and make him a top 12 TE. Not bad considering he is being drafted as the 20th best TE with an ADP of around 160. That means you can get him after round 12.

 

FORGET

Jermaine Gresham

Gresham may be starring you in the face in the 12th round. Around the time when some teams in your league will begin to start looking a TE2s for their squads. You might feel you need to jump and get him as your #1. FORGET that. While it is true that Gresham played well last year with 64 receptions for 737 yards and five touchdowns, the BENGALS went out and drafted Tyler Eifert. It makes you wonder if they have faith in him or think of him more as a run blocker (which he excels at). They will use plenty if two-tight end sets, leaving less targets for Jermaine. Remember this if you decide to wait on your TE, and rank him accordingly. He will not be a consistent producer for your team but makes for a decent matchup player and bye week fill in.

 

But don’t just take our word on it, see what other’s have to say:

 

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St. Louis Barbecue Sauce #1

 

St. Louis Barbecue Sauce is thinner and has more of a tangy flavor than its Kansas City cousin. Being at the crossroads St. Louis style barbecue has many influences, so here is one of the many ways of making this style sauce.

 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
PREPARATION

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over a low heat.
Stirring occasionally and simmer for 20 minutes.
Sauce should be thin, but not watery.
Allow to cool.
Store in an airtight container and refrigerate.
Sauce is better if allow to sit for a day.

 

 

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