5 Tight Ends We Wish We’d Never Drafted

Can you believe six weeks of the NFL season have already passed us by?  Time sure flies when you’re getting your butt kicked in fantasy football.

You are exempt from this lesson if you drafted Tony Gonzalez.

It seems like it was only yesterday that we started discussing who we’d draft in the PigskinBoss iDraft War Room.

Looking back I’m feeling pretty good about most of my preseason prognostications. I laid a couple turds, but so does everyone else who writes about fantasy sports.

The same can be said about the advice I gave in “This, That, and 5 Other Things I Learned About Week 5”.

Last week I promised you Heath Miller would score a touchdown against the Titans. I was wrong.

However, six catches for 67 yards wasn’t the worst performance from a tight end last week.

That award should go to one of these guys:

5 Tight Ends We Wish We’d Never Drafted

Brent Celek (PHI) – If you’re an Eagles fan, you can blame Philadelphia’s loss to Detroit last week on Michael Vick.  If you started Vick at quarterback and lost your fantasy football matchup, you should blame Brent Celek.

Celek dropped an 8 yard touchdown pass in the 3rd quarter and had another called back for offensive pass interference.  Celek was targeted 8 times and finished with the day with just 4 catches and 33 yards.

We drafted Celek a little earlier than we should have this year because we were told the Eagles planned on using the 6th year TE more as a receiver and less as a blocker.  Clearly that plan is failing.

The Eagles are on a bye this week.  This is the perfect opportunity to break it off without anyone’s feelings getting hurt.

Jermichael Finley (GB) Speaking of feelings getting hurt.  Apparently things aren’t going so well for Jermichael Finley in Green Bay.  He’s feeling a little left out after not being included in any of Aaron Rodgers’s 6 TD passes against the Texans on Sunday night.

According to an article from Brad Briggs of NFPOST.com, Finley feels his relationship with Rodgers is lacking chemistry.

I need the quarterback on my side, and I need to catch the ball when he throws it to me. So it takes two things to get that going, the chemistry. I feel we need to get that going.

Those of us that drafted Finely “need” to start looking for another tight end.  Based on what I’ve read, the problem between Rodgers and Finley has more to do with repeated drops than the periodic table.

Rob Gronkowski (NE) –  Six catches for 61 yards would have been acceptable from any tight end not named Rob Gronkowski last week.  Heading into Week 6 we were already second guessing ourselves for this second round pick.

To make matters worse, it looks like the return of Aaron Hernandez is going to impact Gronkowski more than it will Wes Welker.  That doesn’t mean we should look to unload Gronk anytime soon.

For now, we’ll have to temper our expectations and remember to adjust our draft strategy next year.

Realistically we should expect 600 yards and 6 more TDs from Gronk by the end of Week 16 vs. the 900 / 9 he’d need to finish with in order to match his pre-season projections.

Again, that doesn’t mean the upside isn’t there.  If I didn’t already own Rob Gronkowski, I would definitely be polishing up my sales skills.

Brandon Pettigrew (DET) We were patient. We passed on Gronkowski, Finley, and Celek.  We thought we got a steal when we selected Brandon Pettigrew with our third to last pick.  We even stuck with him through the Lions’ bye week.  Boy were we wrong.

Pettigrew only has 1 TD catch through five games this season.  According to Yahoo! Sports “he played only 38 of the team’s 78 offensive snaps, by far his most limited work of the season. He was the player most often removed when they went to the three-tackle package.”

When you take away opportunities for Pettirgrew to get deep, you take away the upside his fantasy owners need to keep him in their starting lineups.  Better luck next year in the late round TE lottery.

Any TE not named Tony Gonzalez (ATL), Owen Daniels (HOU) or Kyle Rudolph (MIN) Your numbers hit this year if you drafted one of these three tight ends, especially if you picked them up after the likes of Vernon Davis (SF) and Antonio Gates (SD).  Hopefully you were able to capitalize on solid WR and RB options in the rounds that your opponents drafted the “elite” tight ends.

So far all three late round tight ends have more fantasy points per game than Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski.

With the exception of their bye weeks, you should have no hesitation starting any of these three red zone scoring threats for the remainder of the season.

Over to you…

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