The tight end position in fantasy football is at most times a guessing game. There are only a handful of elite options and the rest of the field is simply a question mark. One option that emerged last season and ended becoming a pretty relaible option was Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay.
QB Ryan Tannehill has built a strong rapport with Clay. The tight end had four games with 80 or more receiving yards, including one 100-yard effort. Tannehill particularly uses him inside the red zone and Clay lined up more and more on the outside as a receiver. He caught all six of his touchdowns out of the shotgun and was clearly used more of a pass catcher than a blocker.
Of Clay’s 759 receiving yards, 382 of them came after the catch. He showed an amazing ability to avoid tacklers and rack up YAC yards. Most tight ends are able to do much after the catch, but Clay had made a habit of bouncing off the first tackler and extending the play.
As I mentioned before, the tight end position is often very unpredictable. Just because Clay was a decent fantasy option for one year, doesn’t mean he will have a long career. Many players (Kyle Rudolph or Marcedes Lewis for example) have posted huge fantasy numbers from the tight end position only to disappear the following season. It has happened before and it could very well happen to Clay in 2014.
Additionally, Miami’s offense isn’t exactly at the top of the league. They ranked 26th overall with 19.8 points per game and the passing game was 20th (222.9 yards/game) in the league. There won’t be many touchdowns to go around in Miami and Clay could very well disappear for long stretches at a time.
Clay is not 100% established as a weekly fantasy option. He is still rather unproven and will come with some risk this summer. However, if you are looking to wait to draft a tight end, Clay is a pretty decent option to find after the fifth round.
Bye Week: 5
Projected Round: 8
Auction Value: $4