Tight End Outlook: AFC South

The AFC South could be the most competitive division in the league if all 4 teams played to their potential.  Most people are picking the Colts again, and that seems like a fair judgement. As for tight ends, the Colts are not the only team in the division with a quality player at the position. Lets take a look:

Houston Texans– Matt Schaub has turned into an excellent fantasy option, partly because he gets to throw to Andre Johnson. He also gets to throw to Owen Daniels. Daniels did not have a lot going for him early in 2010: his numbers were down and he missed 5 games. He did come back later in the year, racking up 23 catches for 279 yards and 2 TD. If healthy, Daniels is a top-10 tight end in fantasy.

Indianapolis Colts– The Colts thought they would be done for when they lost Dallas Clark to injury. However, neither the Colts nor fantasy owners had any thing to worry about, as Jacob Tamme stepped up big as a replacement (67 Rec/631 YD/4 TD). With Clark healthy again, Tamme will not have the same kind of production. Clark is a must start as a top tier tight end, and Tamme is worth grabbing if the Colts choose to use a two tight end set, or as insurance for Clark.

Jacksonville Jaguars– The Jaguars may be changing quarterbacks very soon, but that is only if Garrard struggles and Gabbert impresses. Either way, Mercedes Lewis is a sleeper candidate at the tight end position. Last year, he had 58 catches, 700 YDS, and 10 TD. He did not have more than 6 catches or 70 yards in any game, but 10 TD shows he is a red zone target. Lewis could have another solid season, especially if he continues to get the ball thrown to him in the red zone. He is a top-10 fantasy tight end, with good upside.

Tennessee Titans– The Titans have finally given up on Bo Scaife and moved on to Jared Cook. Cook performed well in the final two weeks of the season (12 REC/154 YDS/1 TD). The only issue here is that Tennessee is having some quarterback issues, because Cook has good size with great upside. Cook is a risk-reward guy, so try to find a better starter at the position first. If you want to take the risk, grab him in later rounds, store him on your bench and play the waiting game.

Next up will be the tight ends of the AFC North

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