Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys is notoriously one of the first tight ends of the board in every fantasy football draft. He shows up each and every season and the veteran knows how to get into the end-zone.
Despite suffering countless injuries throughout his career, Witten has suited up in every game for 10 consecutive seasons. The tight end position is extremely physical, and while other tight ends around the league miss a couple games each season, Witten has been a rock for the Boys.
Over the last seven seasons, the tight end has also averaged a gaudy 994.4 receiving yards per game.Witten’s eight touchdown receptions last season matched his total from the previous two seasons and the veteran has once again established himself as a legitimate red-zone option for fantasy owners.
Even more promising, Witten ended the year with a 12-catch, 135-yard performance. He has struggled with minor injures throughout the year, but he looked great at the end of the year. He will be looking build off his huge regular season finale heading into the 2014 season.
Witten’s name recognition sometimes is too much. He is often drafted within the first three rounds in deeper leagues as owners look to lock up a superstar tight end, but options such as Vernon Davis, Greg Olsen, and Jordan Cameron can be just as productive in the long run.
The health of QB Tony Romo following his back surgery has become a serious question mark this off-season as well. Romo will miss all of OTAs, and depending on how he progresses in the coming weeks, the quarterback may also miss some of training camp. The absence of Romo from camp will cause the veteran to be out of sync with his receivers in the early part of the season, and as a result, Witten’s numbers will likely struggle in the first few weeks.
Witten is one of the safest bets at the tight position. He won’t come with the price tag of Jimmy Graham, but he will be almost as productive when it is all said and done. If you are looking for a tight end to jump on in the fifth round or later, look no further than JW.
Bye Week: 11
Projected Round: 6
Auction Value: $9