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Five Breakout Tight Ends – 2014

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There’s just enough tight ends to go around in a 10 team league but if some one doubles up early, it could leave owners struggling for points at the tight end position. Avoid reaching, don’t lose out on a quality RB or WR to reach on a tight end. There are a lot of “experts” that have Antonio Gates in the 14th – 16th range, they are overvaluing Ladarius Green. Gates finished #3 in TE’s last year, we aren’t expecting such a free fall for Gates. If you miss out on a top-10 TE there are Bubbling under the Top 10 are Gates, Martellus Bennett and Charles Clay.

Jordan Reed, Was (ADP 12th Round)

  • Growing rapport with RG3
  • Great value as a 12th round pick
  • Improved receiving corp should open up middle
  • On pace for nearly 1,000 yard season before concussion ended his season
  • Jay Gruden’s offensive game plan will have a positive impact on TEs

Dennis Pitta, Bal(ADP 10th Round)

  • Missed first 12 games due to hip injury
  • Had 33 targets and 20 receptions in his 4 games
  • Owen Daniels is not a threat
  • Only mid-field threat on squad
  • Expected to match 2012 stats

Kyle Rudolph, Min (ADP 12th Round)

  • 2013: on target for 60 receptions, 600+ yds & 6 TDs before injury, expecting increased numbers due to Norv Turner’s arrival in Minnesota
  • Expect him to surpass Olsen, Pitta & Reed
  • Pro Bowler in 2012
  • His height, 6’6″, will make in a popular target in the red zone

Tyler Eifert, Cin (ADP Free Agent)

  • Expectation: Top 15 TE
  • While this is a huge improvement from 2013, he’s still not worthy of a draft pick
  • Monitor his progress during the season, could be nice injury/bye week replacement
  • After last season’s performance by Jermaine Gresham has opened the door for Eifert

Richard Rodgers, GP (ADP Free Agent)

  • Starting TE battle is wide open
  • One of the stars of OTAs
  • His size and athletic ability showed up during OTAs, Brandon Bostic showed up to OTAs overweight
  • Blocking ability must be verified during preseason
  • Andrew Quarless hasn’t practice this year

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