Tight End Outlook: AFC West

The AFC West has been a one and done division when it comes to the playoffs. It will probably be the same story this year, given the talent in the AFC. As tight ends go, the Chargers are the only team with an elite fantasy tight end. Lets take a look at each team:

Denver Broncos– The Broncos head into this season without legitimate fantasy option at tight end, especially now that run-first coach John Fox is now in town. Dante Rosario and Daniel Fells are not bad tight ends, but they are not worth considering as fantasy options. Stay away from these guys in your drafts.

Kansas City Chiefs– The Chiefs have given Cassel some more support, adding Steve Breaston to their roster. He will open things up for Dwayne Bowe, and help Jamaal Charles in the running game. This move should also help out TE Tony Moeaki. He had a good rookie campaign, grabbing 47 passes with 556 yards and 3 touchdowns. This offense leans more to the run, but Moeaki is liked by Cassel. Moeaki is more of a backup and bye-week replacement than a true fantasy starter, so wait until late to grab him if you plan to take him.

Oakland Raiders– Zach Miller left town for Seattle, probably because of quarterback troubles (looks like he still has that in Seattle). Now, the Raiders have Kevin Boss at TE. Kevin Boss makes his money blocking and catching the ball in the red zone for touchdowns. He doesn’t usually go deep, meaning his yardage is limited. The Raiders are also a better running team, like the Chiefs, and that will hurt Boss. Boss is at best a back-up, but its hard for me to give him that much credit.

San Diego Chargers– Its as simple as this: Antonio Gates is the top tight end in fantasy. As long as Philip Rivers is throwing the ball to Gates, he will continue to produce excellent numbers. Last year, he produced 50 REC/782 YDS/10 TD in only 10 games. The only issue with Gates is whether or not he stays healthy. His foot could be an issue for him early in the season. Either way, he is a must start fantasy guy at tight end and should be in your top-3 for tight ends.

That concludes the tight ends of the AFC. Next up, I will move to the NFC, starting with the East.

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