2012 Fantasy Football: Tight End Strategy
I think its safe to say there has been a “universal” draft strategy we all go by when it comes to the first three rounds. That strategy is based on three positions: RB1, QB, WR1. I think most would agree with this premise since thats where most of your points come from. Last year, we saw two remarkable seasons by two TE postion players: New England’s Rob Gronkowski and New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham. The numbers that these guys put up last season have put them into debate and projection for drafting them in the top three rounds. I think they are worthy of a top round pick and here’s why.
I refuse to put these two guys in the TE category. They are WR1 status. These two guys finished last season as the #6 (Gronkowski) and #7 (Graham) receiving leaders. Gronkowski had 90 rec., 1327 yds, 17 TD. Graham had 99 rec., 1310 yds, 11 TD. Here is who they finished ahead of last year: Roddy White, Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe, A.J. Green, Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Marshall, Vincent Jackson, Julio Jones and DeSean Jackson. Those are some pretty impressive names who, by the way, call for WR1 status.
After giving you their impressive stats which, alone merit top three round status, I give you a strategy/theory to ponder. Let’s not think about these guys as TE’s. They are now WR1 status and are drafted as such. Don’t think of it as drafting a TE high or too early. When it comes down to your roster and lineup, this gives you more flexibility. The WR pool of players is significantly larger then the TE pool; especially when injuries occur. It’s MUCH easier to find a WR replacement or waiver wire pickup than it is to fill a TE. Looking at it this way helps you maximize your team management. Say you are going to start Gronkowski or Graham every week no matter what. You should have a WR that you are confident in every week as well. There are your WR1 and WR2.
Now, think of it as putting a WR in the TE spot AND you have 4 times as many options in terms of players to start or even pick up to put in that last spot.Keep in mind that this strategy is under the assumption that these guys stay healthy too. But even in a worst case scenario in that they are injured you go and get their backup for next week.
Try to keep an open mind when considering Gronkowski and Graham. This is simply a strategy and way of helping to maximize your weekly roster potential in your starting lineup as well as your bench.