Tight End Outlook: AFC East

The AFC East looks like it is going to be a two-team race, maybe three teams, but that depends on how Chad Henne plays for Miami. These three teams also have tight ends that should be considered as a options for your fantasy tight end. Let’s take a look at the tight ends in the AFC East.

Buffalo Bills- The Bills have appeared to settle on Ryan Fitzpatrick as their quarterback. The Bills do not have a tight end on their roster that is a fantasy option. The two tight ends that Buffalo’s offense features are Shawn Nelson and David Martin. ESPN views them as must avoid guys, and you should too. Buffalo uses their tight ends mostly for blocking, and that has zero fantasy value.

Miami Dolphins- The Dolphins did not go out and get a better starting quarterback than Henne. Instead they got Matt Moore. If Chad Henne improves, it could help TE Anthony Fasano’s numbers. Last year, he had 39 receptions for 528 yards and 4 touchdowns. His best game last year was against Tennessee (11/14/2010), in which he had 5 receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown. However, he only surpassed 50 yards receiving in one other game. Fasano is a good guy to have on your bench if you do not have any other options, given his ability to break out in one or two games during the season.

New England Patriots- The Patriots are one of a few teams in the league with 2 good fantasy options at the tight end position. Aaron Hernandez and Ron Gronkowski are big targets for Tom Brady to throw to. The first half of the season seemed to belong to Hernandez, but the second half is where Gronkowski had the majority of his production. Gronkowski (42 REC/546 YDS/10 TD) and Hernandez (45 REC/563 YDS/6 TD) had good numbers last year despite taking production away from each other. Both of these tight ends are worth a look in leagues, but I would lean more towards Gronkowski because of his touchdown numbers.

New York Jets– Mark Sanchez impressed me again last year, helping the Jets make it all the way to the AFC Championship game. However, after week 4, Sanchez did not rely heavily on his tight end Dustin Keller. After week 4, Keller had 19 REC/254 YDS/5 TD, but after that he only managed 36 more receptions, and zero TD. With the addition of Plaxico Burress, Keller could see his production fall. However, if Sanchez relies on Keller like he did the first four games of last year, he is definitely worth starting.

Next up will be outlook on the tight ends of the AFC South.

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4 Responses to “Tight End Outlook: AFC East”

  1. TD says:

    Gronkowski is going to be a steal this year and will swipe end zone plays from Hernandez.

  2. The Fantasy Flukie says:

    @Robert – I support your assessment that the only TEs worthy are the combo of Gronkowski (42 REC/546 YDS/10 TD) and Hernandez (45 REC/563 YDS/6 TD)– fantastic numbers for 2 TEs on the same team. However, I think you TD and you might be surprised by Hernandez. He may outperform Gronkowski. Don’t forget Hernandez lines up more as a WR so has the possibility of accumulating WR3 numbers…

  3. Isles Guru says:

    Hernandez was hurt most of the second half of the year. You can pick up Hernandez a couple rounds later and get comparable or better value.

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