Tight End Outlook: NFC East

The NFC East is the best division in the NFL, in my opinion. There are other divisions that could take that title (NFC South, AFC East, or AFC South). The East features four tight ends, two of which are sure starts in fantasy football. Let’s take a look at all four:

Dallas Cowboys– Jason Witten is a top tier tight end in fantasy. His quarterback may not be a favorite among fantasy owners, but he is a one of the first three tight ends that should be drafted. Even with Romo going down with an injury last season, Witten still managed 92 REC/1002 YDS/9 TD. As I mentioned above, Witten should be drafted as one of the first three tight ends, maybe fourth (Jermichael Finley has a lot of upside).

New York Giants– Kevin Boss has left town for Oakland. That opens the door for Travis Beckum to be the starting tight end. His fantasy upside is not quite there, as we do not know how Beckum will fare. I would wait and see how Beckum does early in the season before grabbing. He should be left off of most draft boards.

Philadelphia Eagles– Brent Celek was a favored target of Donovan McNabb, but it appears that is different with Michael Vick. He did have 42 catches and 4 TD last year. Donald Lee has also been brought in to the offense. Vick appears to enjoy throwing to Maclin and Jackson, so I would avoid grabbing Celek (or Lee) unti late rounds, or just leave them in your free agent pool until either tight end proves themselves worthy.

Washington Redskins- The Redskins head into this season with a new quarterback and new hope. Rex Grossman will take over Mike Shanahan’s offense in hopes to lead them to the postseason. Chris Cooley is the tight end in this offense, but heads into the season with injuries. Fantasy Sports Gab columnist Taylor DeChant wrote earlier this week that he should not be drafted as early due to this injury, and i agree. If you grab Cooley, make sure you also snag his backup Fred Davis, who is getting first-team snaps while Cooley is out with injury.

Next up will be tight ends of the NFC South.


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