2012 ADP: PPR Tight End Trends
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While I’m a little surprised to see Aaron Hernandez going as the 6th tight end off the board in PPR league trends, but he is lumped closely with Vernon Davis and Jermichael Finley in the 6th round of ten team leagues. Unless you plan to snag Jimmy Graham or Gronkowski, it is clear that respectable starting value can be had around the fifth through seventh rounds.
This area of the draft is the normal location for quality tight ends to come off the board, in most years I’ve passed on targeting the top-tier options, rather looking for players more like Brandon Pettigrew or Fred Davis. Basically not elite talents, but guys who will be active in their offenses weekly, and have a good opportunity to catch over 80 receptions.
A Backup To Remember
One situation worth monitoring is that in Green Bay as Jermichael Finley should be inline for a better season, now two years removed from his ACL injury.
Then again, may not as he sustained a concussion at the beginning of camp and backup D.J. Williams is having a very good off-season. Williams struggled in his assignments on the field last year as a rookie, and promptly found the bench because of it.
This cow wrestling tight end can flex away from the line of scrimmage and while not as talented as Finley, he can be a productive option if given a chance.
We’ve yet to see Finley put together a fully healthy, top five fantasy performance in his career. Again, as long as the concussion issue isn’t a problem the rest of training camp, it should be fine to acquire Finley in the sixth or seven round, but keep Williams in mind if Finley should slow down to injury and you need depth.
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