by Ray Kuhn
Figuring out the tight end position is not getting any easier for fantasy owners as we embark on the playoffs. As it is, my plan is to keep expectations at a minimum along with my investment. With that being said, let’s take a look at how the tight ends rank for this week:
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Arizona
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Detroit
- Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cincinnati
- Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
- Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – at Indianapolis
- Owen Daniels – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
- Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – at Dallas
- Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cincinnati
- Darren Fells – Arizona Cardinals – at Carolina
- Ed Dickson – Carolina Panthers – vs. Arizona
- Forget about this week, Greg Olsen might be the best tight end of the entire playoffs. Cam Newton’s security blanket has 84 catches on the season for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns. I would fight the urge to put too heavy of a weight on the last two weeks, three catches and 48 yards total, as the body of work is too good.
- I was surprised myself about Ed Dickson being on the list, he only has 10 catches for 115 yards on the season, but over the past two weeks he does have 49 receiving yards and a touchdown. Crazier things have happened, but it is possible he does get another red zone target this week. This is an extreme flier, though.
- Coby Fleener does not appear that much worse off with the return of Dwayne Allen. Now that is not to say that Allen won’t take away from Fleener, but Fleener is still the tight end to own. The fact that Allen is battling a knee injury, and was held out last week, is also a positive. Fleener closed out the season strong with five catches for 56 yards and two touchdowns and appears to be an intricate part of the Colts’ game plan.
- While the Steelers running offense will clearly miss Le’Veon Bell, there are some benefits to be had. Last week Heath Miller was second on the team in targets with seven, leading to three catches for 41 yards, and he will likely be a big part of Pittsburgh’s offense this week. With 66 catches and 761 yards, but just three touchdowns, on the season, Miller is not an exciting option, but he is dependable. On this list, I am perfectly happy with dependable.
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