Six undervalued fantasy football tight ends

Undervalued fantasy football tight ends

8/21/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

I find the tight end position to be especially intriguing in fantasy drafts this year. While many of the position's top players have fallen off due to injuries or criminal convictions, there are a number of sleepers with loads of talent who could be poised for breakout campaigns. Here are the tight ends who are being undervalued in fantasy drafts this year:

Vernon Davis (SF): It's tough to call Davis undervalued at his current 55.2 ADP (5th among tight ends), but I see an enormous ceiling for the 29-year-old. With the devastating Achilles injury to Michael Crabtree, the 49ers now find themselves very thin at receiver, meaning Davis may often be used as a split end and could be in for a career-high in targets. Back on July 31, the Sacramento Bee called Davis the team's "most consistent deep threat," and later the same day, offensive coordinator Greg Roman said that Davis had "taken it up to a new level." More recent reports out of 49ers camp have called Davis' chemistry with quarterback Colin Kaepernick "seemingly unstoppable." I think Davis has a good shot at topping the thousand-yard mark for the first time in his career, while also having a chance to put up lofty numbers in other categories while catching passes from the best quarterback he's ever played with.

Aug 17, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) gains 25 yards on a pass completion against the St. Louis Rams in the first quarter at Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY SportsJermichael Finley (GB): Gotta love a guy in a contract year, right? Finley will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason, and if he wants another big payday, he'll have to use his unique skill set to dominate on the game field. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers recently said that Finley "got himself in unbelievable shape," while also going on to say that he's "been dominating" in camp. Finley recently showed that he can dominate outside of just practice, catching four of his five targets for 78 yards in the Packers' second preseason game against the Rams. I could see career-bests across the board for Finley as a realistic possibility, meaning he could be a huge steal at his current ADP of 100.7.

Jared Cook (STL): Cook was notoriously misused by the Titans over the past few seasons, as he possesses unique field stretching ability for a tight end but never fully utilized it in Tennessee. Now having been through free agency, Cook landed with a team that sees his potential and is eager to bring it to fruition. Peter King - a highly regarded NFL writer for Sports Illustrated - said that Cook was the "single-best player" who he saw on his training camp tour. Cook's upside is particularly high in non-PPR leagues, as he is more of a big-play tight end than a volume pass catcher, but at his 121.3 ADP he's worth grabbing in all formats.
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