Former fantasy football standout Owen Daniels was recently released from the Houston Texans. With the rumor mill suggesting that Daniels could find himself with the Baltimore Ravens, this instantly puts him as a top-10 tight end in 2014.
The main reason for the inconsistency in Daniels has been his injury history. He has only played two full seasons throughout his career, and he has three seasons were he has played 11 or fewer games. When the Texans made Arian Foster the focal point of the offense, Daniels also saw a decrease in his productivity. Now that he has the opportunity to find a team with a stable quarterback and a balanced attack, look towards Daniels as a sneaky pick in your draft.
One of the best attributes to Daniels is his ability to consistently pick up yards. Since 2006, he has never averaged less than 10 yards a catch. He also has averaged at least 40 receiving yards per game since 2007, so he is heavily involved in the offense’s attack and is not regulated just to blocking. If Daniels is able to combine his normal receiving totals when he is healthy and add a higher touchdown total, he will be a fantasy force that you will want to own.
If Daniels ends up in Baltimore, he would be a great fit because of his familiarity with Gary Kubiak. He would be able to quickly work his way into the offense with Kubiak calling the plays, and Joe Flacco would love to have another target in the red zone. People may think that Dennis Pitta would hurt the value of Daniels, but the duo should be able to both be fantasy impacts. With the presence of Pitta, Daniels would have a better chance of staying healthy. The Ravens will try and find a balanced attack in 2014, and that should create plenty of miss matches for the former Texans tight end.
He has the chance to be a fantasy star no matter where he goes, but Baltimore will give Daniels one of the best chances to become the starting tight end on your roster in 2014.