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2013 Fantasy Outlook: Brandon Pettigrew

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Brandon Pettigrew | Detroit Lions | TE

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Fantasy Football Outlook: After a career year with 83 receptions in 2012, Pettigrew like many of his fellow teammates took a step back. An ankle injury late in the season cost him time, and he struggled with drops.

At this point in Pettigrew’s career we know he’s more than capable of posting around 75 receptions in the Lions offense and I believe he will hit that mark in 2013. Mainly because Detroit has been one of the top teams in passing attempts over the past two season with Matthew Stafford healthy.

Factor in that Titus Young is gone, Ryan Broyles is rehabbing another torn ACL and that the Lions didn’t bring much in via the draft as reasons to like Pettigrew. He won’t score double digit touchdowns nor break many big plays after the catch but he will remain as a secure option for Stafford in the middle of the field.

Because Pettigrew is a good bet for high reception numbers, his value is better in a PPR league but going as the 22nd tight end off the board in recent standard league ADP’s, I think fantasy owners are being a little hard on him. Look to Pettigrew as a solid TE2 in standard leagues and a possible low-end TE1 performer in 12 team PPR leagues.

Receptions Yards TD
2013 Projected Stats 75 741 6
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Receiving
Year Age Tm G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G
2009 24 DET 11 11 30 346 11.5 2 30 2.7 31.5
2010 25 DET 16 16 71 722 10.2 4 35 4.4 45.1
2011 26 DET 16 16 83 777 9.4 5 27 5.2 48.6
2012 27 DET 14 11 59 567 9.6 3 24 4.2 40.5
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Welcome to Brandon Pettigrew’s fantasy football outlook archive. At this section of Pettigrew’s player page you will notice our past thoughts and advice for fantasy football.

Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections

Not one of the more explosive options at his position, Brandon Pettigrew just gets it done. It seems when Matthew Stafford is in trouble, he either throws it up to Calvin Johnson, or finds Pettigrew over the middle of the field.

Must admit I didn’t think Pettigrew would be this effective coming out of college, but his 2010 reception total, coming of an ACL injury was a clue. In his second year removed from his injury, and with Stafford under center, Pettigrew turned into a top ten tight end.

Expect this to happen again, and Pettigrew makes for a reliable late TE1 to add on your squad.

Receptions Yards TD
2012 Projected Stats 80 840 6

Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections

I was blown away by the production and health Brandon Pettigrew showed on the field last year as he was coming of a late season ACL tear, the year before. Especially when you consider that the Lions added Tony Schefflerin the off-season, all signs pointed to Pettigrew returning as a full time starter in 2011, let alone produce as he did in the passing game.While it was nice to see Pettigrew flash promising numbers, I still have my doubts as to how he will be used if Matthew Stafford is healthy for a full season.

Shaun Hill was the quarterback last year, and we saw him use Vernon Davis regularly in the 49ers offense in prior years and that makes sense as Hill doesn’t have a strong arm to stretch the field, so finding a big target like Pettigrew is a priority.

Stafford will use Pettigrew but he obviously has the arm to allow this offense to take on a more dynamic passing game, and Pettigrew isn’t the type of talent that is going to make an impact down the field. Basically, Pettigrew is what he is and that is a dependable target and a decent overall tight end. Because of the Lions high scoring offense, and the numbers Pettigrew had, I will be ranking him as a top fifteen option. That said, look to other tight ends for a starter in leagues with up to 12 teams.

Receptions Yards TD
2011 Projected Stats 65 653 3

2010 Preview

Brandon Pettigrew is not only going to lose fantasy value with the addition of Tony Scheffler, but he is also coming back from an acl injury from last season. Don’t expect much from Pettigrew this up coming year.

2010 Fantasy Football Outlook

2009 Fantasy Year In Review: Brandon Pettigrew started in every game he played in his rookie season but wasn’t a fantasy relevant player. For the year, he had only 30 receptions before a week twelve torn ACL ended his season. This was an unfortunate setback for a player that Matthew Stafford needs around for his blocking skills.

Audio: TE Brandon Pettigrew | 2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings

2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: Pettigrew isn’t a lock to be in the teams starting lineup come week one as he is expected to be on the PUP list to start training camp. As long as all goes well he should be with the team to start the year and that will be good for Stafford and the passing game.

As for offensive production that will fall to newly acquired Tony Scheffler to be the teams receiving tight end. Pettigrew might make for a decent backup fantasy tight end at some point in this career but right now he isn’t a viable option with Scheffler on the team and recovering from a major injury.

Assets

- Good Young Quarterback

- Plays In A Dome

Liabilities

- Recovering From A Torn ACL

- Tony Scheffler On Team


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