With RB Arian Foster likely to be the second player taken in every fantasy football draft this summer, the Houston Texans will be heavily counted on this fantasy season. However, one player on the team not getting enough respect in fantasy circles is TE Owen Daniels.
The fact that he hasn’t played a full season since 2008 has scared many owners from drafting Daniels this season. He battled hamstring, hip, back, and shoulder problems in 2012 and was one of the most popular inhabitants of the med room this past year.
Despite all the injuries, Daniels still hauled in a career-high six touchdowns and finished the year with 716 yards in just 15 games. He also received a career-high 103 targets in 2012, yet no one seems to be thinking of the two-time Pro Bowler on draft day.
Daniels is currently ranked eighth in ESPN’s tight end rankings and has an Average Draft Position around 87.5. I think this is an incredible value. Daniels is featured in one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL and he will be a viable red-zone threat simply because of the attention opposing defenses give Foster near the goal-line.
Daniels is one of the best late-round tight ends to target this year. He will be worth grabbing anywhere after the ninth round and could end up outscoring several players drafted ahead of him this summer.