It could be argued that no position has changed more in the NFL’s history than the tight end. Once primarily a sixth offensive lineman who would catch the occasional pass, tight ends have become key cogs on offense.
Rashard Mendenhall is having a bad season. Even when he's not injured, he's not getting the production you probably paid for with a late first or early second round pick.
So when is it time to cut the cord on some of your starters and look elsewhere? That's a hard decision to make because usually you're so invested in high draft picks, and it also tells the other owners in your league "Look at me, I'm an idiot who was stupid enough to draft this guy."
This year’s crop of tight ends is, without a doubt, the deepest in fantasy football history.
The undisputed heavyweight champion continues to be Antonio Gates, who has scored eight or more TDs in each of the last seven seasons and topped 900 yards five times — which doesn’t include the 782 yards he amassed in 10 games last season (his first year with fewer than 15 games played). On draft day, value Gates as a top-10 WR option who happens to qualify at TE.
The sun rises and sets in Indianapolis on the shoulders of four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning, so this season’s Colts outlook includes an obvious proviso: If Manning recovers from a second neck surgery in as many offseasons, the perennial AFC South champions should be legitimate contenders to reach Super Bowl XLVI and play at home at Lucas Oil Stadium.