Tight end is one the most difficult positions to judge in fantasy football. While there a few tight ends who can produce receiver-like numbers, most of them don’t produce like that. The position is considered to be one of the most difficult to scout and select because it is generally a position marred by inconsistency. Most tight ends function as some sort of blocker, which can take away from their chances to gather receptions or a quarterback may prefer to throw to actual receivers. Whatever the case may be, the point is that tight end is generally a position that fantasy football owners should look to fill a little later on in the draft and stock up on higher valued skill position players.
That doesn’t mean that the position should be ignored altogether or valued any less by fantasy owners. A solid tight end can provide great value throughout the entire season and provide depth in the FLEX position if an owner is stuck with a few players that have the same bye weeks or injuries.
A player like Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener is certainly a tight end for fantasy owners to look at heading into the 2014 NFL season. According to Pro-Football-Reference, Fleener finished the 2013 season as the 13th overall ranked tight end in fantasy football. Based on that statistic, Fleener was a solid TE-2 last season and he should be able to repeat a similar performance this year. Granted, Fleener’s numbers took are a bit inflated from last season due to the fact the Dwayne Allen was absent with a hip injury, but he can still be a decent TE-2.
Fleener is not the type of player that fantasy owners just have to have, but he is definitely a player worth looking at as a late round selection. He could provide depth near the bottom of any fantasy lineup, which is something that becomes more and more valuable as the season wears on.