by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Are you looking for a late round tight end who could emerge as a TE1? Here are three players worth considering:
Rob Housler – Arizona Cardinals
We’ve already discussed Housler in-depth (click here for the article), so we aren’t going to revisit everything once again. That said, he is our favorite sleeper tight end and currently owns an ADP of 186.3 according to fantasypros.com (he isn’t being drafted in MyFantasyLeague.com or Fantasy Football Calculator). There are just a lot of things stacking up in his favor:
- New head coach Bruce Arians brings a passing offense that saw Coby Fleener & Dwayne Allen (a pair of rookies) totaling 71 catches for 802 yards and 5 TD a year ago
- Carson Palmer is now at QB, meaning the Cardinals finally have a viable quarterback throwing the football
- Larry Fitzgerald will draw the bulk of the attention in the passing game
- A questionable running game
- Has been drawing big praise from his new head coach
When you put that all together, exactly why shouldn’t we be rolling the dice in the latter rounds?
Jordan Cameron – Cleveland Browns
Cameron owns an ADP of 175.5 according to fantasypros.com and often flies under-the-radar due to injuries plaguing his first two NFL seasons (26 catches for 259 yards in 22 games). However, he appears to be healthy and Norv Turner has joined the team as the offensive coordinator. That should mean ample opportunities, especially with the wide receiving corps hardly blowing people’s socks off (Josh Gordon will open the season suspended, then they have Greg Little and Davone Bess).
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer a few weeks ago (click here for the article):
“Cameron is getting the ball early and often in camp, and is making good progress. But when it comes to fighting defensive backs or linebackers for the ball, he’s losing too many of those battles. But the coaches like him, and plan to feature him plenty in the new scheme.”
The key there is at the end, in that he is going to get opportunities. That’s important, because there is certainly potential. Cameron was targeted just one time in the preseason opener, reeling it in for 30 yards.
Zack Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles
Rookie tight ends are always difficult to trust, but the injury to Jeremy Maclin may have just opened up an opportunity for Ertz to flourish. The Eagles are primed to utilize a high paced offense, which alone should make him intriguing. Considering his ADP is currently at 258.3, according to fantasypros.com, the intrigue grows.
We do have to keep in mind that Chip Kelly’s offense generally features the running game and that Ertz is still a rookie. Coming off a season where he amassed 69 receptions for 898 yards and 6 TD at Stanford, there is some under-the-radar hope.