Cracked Bell Sports 2013 fantasy football rankings
Fantasy football season is right around the corner. Ive compiled a list of the top 25 fantasy QBs, the top 25 RBs, top 50 WRs, and top 15 TEs. The rankings are based on a PPR league. In terms of picking a kicker I have one tip. Pick a kicker who is on a team that is good enough to get in the red zone but not good enough to score. Best kicker this year will likely be Sebastian Janikowski for this very reason. Don’t look at the kicker, so much as the offense of the team he’s on.
1) Drew Brees (NO) – Has all his weapons returning including contract year man Jimmy Graham. The Saints defense isn’t improved enough to contain Matt Ryan or Cam Newton which will force Brees to come from behind in the 4th quarter and throw the ball.
2) Aaron Rodgers (GB) – Won’t miss Greg Jennings thanks to the emergence of 3rd year man Randall Cobb. James Jones will fill in for Cobb who will move from the slot to the #2 WR and Jermichael Finley will be healthy. Rodgers will throw a lot of TD’s and not a lot of picks.
4) Matt Ryan (Atl) – Faces some of the worst secondary’s in the league twice a year (NO & TB) and has all his weapons coming back including 1000 X Pro Bowler Tony Gonzalez.
5) Cam Newton (Car) – The key with Newton is his ok at two things, which make him great at QB. His passing numbers are average, and his running numbers are average. But in a league that favors rushing TD, Newton should flourish. He’s going to have to do it all in Carolina with a lack of weapons.
6) Mathew Stafford (Det) – The yards were there for Stafford in 2012, but the TD weren’t. He ranked 2nd in the NFL in passing yards, but passed for only 20 TD. With Calvin Johnson back, Stafford will look to involve rookie Ryan Broyles and get back to the 40 TD plateau
7) Andrew Luck (Ind) – Put up really good numbers for a rookie with really only 1 weapon (Reggie Wayne) and the Colts added former 1st round pick Darrius Heyward-Bey to play opposite side of Wayne this season. With 2 big targets Lucks numbers should improve to top 5 numbers. Also added in 5 rushing TD’s last season.
8) Collin Kaepernick (SF) Kaepernick will be without his #1 WR Michael Crabtree for at least the first 6 weeks after the torn Achilles. In Crabtree’s place the 49ers added Super Bowl winner Anquan Boldin. Boldin will be the #1 target with TE Vernon Davis being the 2nd, after that it’s a battle between former high picks Mario Manningham and second year man AJ Jenkins. Kaepernick’s mobility will prove to be a huge weapon in a rushing friendly league
9) Tom Brady (NE) – Lost 2 major weapons in the offseason. One to Denver, the other to Rikers Island. Who knows when Rob Gronkowski will be back. It’s hard to count out Tom Brady, but I don’t think the Patriots will rely on their golden boy this season as much as they had in previous seasons.
10) Andy Dalton (Cin) – Him and AJ Green have combined to be one of the scariest threats in the NFL. Dalton got another weapon in rookie Tyler Eifert, the TE from Notre Dame, and Giovani Bernard who can catch the ball out of the backfield. With a good offensive line, and the emergence of former reality TV star Andrew Hawkins as a #2 WR, and former Rutgers 3rd rounder Muhamed Sanu, Dalton could be in for a huge year.
11) Russell Wilson (Sea) – With a lack of targets, Seattle tried to get Wilson one by trading for Percy Harvin, but he’s injured and that leaves Golden Tate as the #1 WR again. Wilson wasn’t asked to do it all last season, just enough to win, and because of that he flourished. Seattle’s offense should once again rely heavily on the run game because of Marshawn Lynch. Last season Carroll admitted to limiting Wilson’s decision making because he was a rookie, this season he will have more responsibility, but his lack of weapons drop him on the list.
12) Tony Romo (Dal) His bread and butter is compiling big yards thanks to great targets like Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten. What Kills Romo is the relatively small margin between his TD total (28) and his INT total (19) and his lack of mobility
13) Ryan Tannehill (Mia) Tannehill had a good rookie season with really not a lot to work with. He turned Brian Hartline into a 1000 yard receiver and developed a good relationship with the former 4th rounder, but this season he has Mike Wallace to throw to. With 2 1000 yard receivers, and an offense that caters to the passing game, Tannehill could make a big jump.
14) Robert Griffin III (Wash) Griffin rushed 120 times last season, that’s not happening this season. The Redskins might start Griffin week 1, but they’ll ease him into regular play, especially facing the Eagles poor run defense. It might take a few weeks for us to see the RG3 of last season, and even then he won’t run as much, but look to stay in the pocket more after being injured last season.
15) Ben Roethlisberger (Pit) – Big Ben lost his #1 target this season to free agency when Mike Wallace signed with the Dolphins. That’s a huge loss which leaves just Antonio Brown as a proven threat. The Steelers will hope that 3rd year man Emmanuel Sanders can take the next step. What helps Roethlisberger is his TD number is modest (26) but he protected the ball well only throwing 8 INT last season.
16) Carson Palmer (Ari) – Carson Palmer actually had a good season last year, throwing for over 4000 yards with a bunch of no names at WR. Now with a move to Arizona, Palmer gets to throw to one of the best WR in the league in Larry Fitzgerald. With Fitzgerald bringing down passes instead of Rod Streater, look for Palmers TD numbers to climb from 22 to 30+ especially when you consider the Cardinals will likely be looking to come from behind in the 4th quarter. Could be a major steal.
17) Matt Schaub (Hou) Literally for the first time ever the Houston Texans might have another WR who isn’t Andre Johnson. The Texans drafted WR DeAndre Hopkins with the 27th overall pick and he should make an impact quickly with most teams focusing on Johnson. The Texans are still a run first team, but Schaub put up over 4000 yards. His TD should rise this season is Hopkins can make an impact, which would free up Johnson.
18) Josh Freeman (TB) Freeman is in a contract year. He connected right away with Vincent Jackson, and Mike Williams was only a few yards away from 1000. He’s got a little mobility and should reach 30 TD
19) Eli Manning (NYG) Manning put up ok numbers in 2012, he’s got Victor Cruz back, and if Hakeem Nicks can stay healthy he could reach the 30 TD plateau. Good clutch QB, average fantasy QB with average numbers and lack of mobility
20) Jay Cutler (Chi) Last season Cutler only had Brandon Marshall to throw to but this upcoming season should see the emergence of 2nd year WR Alshon Jeffrey. Jeffrey didn’t put up huge numbers in 2012, but his Adot was 4th in the NFL. With Jeffrey, Marshall, Bennett in the red zone and Forte out of the backfield, Cutler could regain his old form
21) Alex Smith (KC) – With Andy Reid at the helm Smith is guaranteed a good work load and he’s got the targets to be dangerous. Former 2nd round pick Donnie Avery revitalized his career last year in Indy, and now will look to be the #2 WR in KC behind pro bowler Dwayne Bowe. He’ll also have a better utilized Dexter McCluster hopefully catching balls out of the backfield.
22) Sam Bradford (StL) Bradford had a good season in 2012 putting up 3700 yards and throwing 21 TD. He’s got a young receiving core featuring Brian Quick, Chris Givens, and 8th overall pick Tavon Austin. Bradford’s production should continue to rise now that he has the weapons to be successful
23) Joe Flacco (Balt) – Flacco will go high, too high, because of his SB performance and big contract. But he lost Anquan Boldin to a trade with the 49ers, and lost Dennis Pitta for the season to injury. That leaves deep threat Torrey Smith, but after that the Ravens are extremely thin at WR. Ray Rice will likely be ranked #2 in receiving yards on the team by the end of the season. Don’t be fooled by the money and the big game performance, this team still relies on the run first.
24) Philip Rivers (SD) – Had an OK season last year but his #1 WR is injured (Malcolm Floyd) and I doubt you can name any other WR on that team. Rivers doesn’t have much to work with in SD and it should show this season as he has a mediocre season.
25) EJ Manuel (Buf) Manuel MIGHT be able to make a Russell Wilson like impact this season. Doug Marrone liked to throw the ball at Syracuse last season, and could bring that mentality to Buffalo. A QB competition that features Kevin Kolb isn’t a QB competition, and the Bills actually have a legitimate WR threat in Stevie Johnson.
1) Adrian Peterson (Minn) – To repeat 2012 is asking a lot, but he is still the unquestioned best RB in the league.
2) Doug Martin (TB) – 1450 rushing yards & 470 receiving yards, 12 total TD. He is facing some of the worst rushing defenses in the league this season including the worst (NO) twice. Others include the Jets, Bills, Cardinals, and Eagles. Also targeted 70 times so good for ppr leagues
3) Alfred Moris (Wash) – Rushed for 1600 yards as a rookie. Will face 11 teams who were ranked 16th or lower in rushing defense last year. Washington will likely keep the pressure off RG3 early by giving Moris a heavy load.
4) Ray Rice (Balt) – over 1500 all-purpose yards last season. Was targeted the 2nd most times for RB last season, good for PPR leagues
5) Arian Foster (Hou) Rushed for over 1400 yards, teams in Houston’s division have some of the worst rushing defenses in the league. 17 total TD last season, but didn’t have to worry about Ben Tate last year due to Tate’s injury.
6) Marshaw Lynch (Sea) – Rushed for almost 1600 yards last season on a Seattle team that ran the most in the NFL. Has to worry about rookie Christine Michael taking away carries, but a lack of a decent receiving core could mean Lynch gets another heavy workload
7) LeSean McCoy (Phil) – Chip Kelly is going to run the ball a lot in his system which can hopefully get McCoy back on track. He is a year removed from rushing for over 1300 yards for a coach that was reluctant to run the ball. Faces really good run defenses early on in the season but it gets easier as the season goes along
8) Maurice Jones Drew (Jax) – Injuries prevented MJD from being a factor last season. If healthy he’s good for 1000+ and can catch the ball out of the backfield. He’s in a single back system and the only real threat the Jags have on the team
9) Jamaal Charles (KC) – Returned from ACL injury to rush for 1500 yards, but that was on a run first offense. New coach Andy Reid don’t play that shit, and he’ll have to possibly split time with Dexter McCluster who should be more utilized like Brian Westbrook.
10) CJ Spiller (Buf) Rushed for over 1200 yards and caught 43 balls for over 400 yards, but I don’t like the idea of CJ Spiller in a system with that QB combo. They’re going to be losing a lot of games going into the 4th quarter and if so, they aren’t going to run the ball.
11) Trent Richardson (Clev) – Had a pretty average year for a rookie in terms of yards but solidified himself as a goal line target for the Browns. The offense should run through him heavily for the first 4 weeks with big target Josh Gordon suspended.
12) Reggie Bush (Det) – For the first time Mathew Stafford has a legit RB to work with. Bush should get a decent amount of handoffs in order to open up the defense and set up the play action that will allow the Lions offense to get back on track. Bush almost reached 1000 yards last season for a head coach who never ran the ball when he was the OC in GB.
13) Darren Sproles (NO) – There isn’t a better RB to have in a PPR league (not named AP) then Darren Sproles. He’s coming off a very down year (only 224 Rushing Yards) but managed to rack up 667 receiving yards as he was targeted the most times for RB in the NFL.
14) Frank Gore (SF) – All this guy does is quietly rack up 1200 yards and 8 TD. Probably shouldn’t be your first RB, but you know what you’re getting from him.
15) Chris Johnson (Tenn) – Chris Johnson will probably never be the same CJ before he signed his contract, but he’s still good for 1000+. He does however have to share carries with newly acquired Shonn Green
16) Matt Forte (Chi) – Lock for 1000 yards, usually gets a solid 70 targets from Cutler, however the Bears have a good receiving core and it’s hard to not pass to Jeffrey and Marshall.
17) Leveon Bell (Pitt) – Pittsburgh is a team that like to utilize their RB and get them involved in the offense. Bell will be the #1 back in their system this season and should be thrust into the offense right away
18) Steven Ridley (NE) – Great season last year with 1200 yards and 12 TD, but he isn’t targeted at all by Brady and likely will have to share carries with former 2nd round pick Shane Vereen this year, so production should dip
19) Darren McFadden (Oak) – Contract year, when he’s healthy he’s a 1000+ yard back who can catch the ball out of the backfield, but health is his problem. He’s motivated in camp and Raiders coach said he will be a big part of the offense.
20) Rashard Mendenhall (Ari) – With Bruce Arians as his OC in 2010 Mendenhall rushed for over 1200 yards and 13 TD. Ryan Williams is injured allowing Mendenhall to get all of the carries. Will see his carries limited in the 4th when the Cards have to air it out because they’re losing.
22) Ryan Mathews (SD) Has only reached 1000 yards once. He’s like the BJ Upton of the NFL. We keep waiting for him to break out and he just doesn’t. But he is in a single back system with no competition for carries.
23) Lamar Miller (MIA) – Has jumped over Daniel Thomas as the Dolphins #1 back, but Thomas will still be given carries, and Joe Philbin will still throw the ball A LOT, especially with new weapon Mike Wallace
24) Dexter McCluster (KC) – Dexter McCluster is a Brian Westbrook clone who Andy Reid desperately wanted to draft, but KC drafted him 1 spot ahead of Philly. Poorly utilized in KC, Andy Reid should utilize McCluster to the best of his abilities. The RB (who was stupidly converted to WR) can block, run, and catch the ball out of the backfield. Could be a huge sleeper.
25) Montee Ball (Den) – Currently #2 on the depth chart but should take the #1 spot from Ronnie Hillman eventually. With that offense, Denver will look to kill time in the 4th and Ball should (eventually) see those carries. Just not right away.
1) Calvin Johnson (Det) – He’s flat out the best receiver on the planet.
2) Brandon Marshall (Det) He was targeted the 3rd most in the NFL last season; He brought down the 2nd most catches last season. His targets should see a drop off because of Alshon Jeffrey but he’s still the favorite target of Cutler
3) Reggie Wayne (Ind) – He targeted the 2nd most in the NFL last season and his targets and catches should only increase thanks to the progression of second year QB Andrew Luck
4) Andre Johnson (Tex) He was 2nd in the league in receiving yards last season and that could increase If DeAndre Hopkins can stretch the D and keep teams from zeroing in on Johnson
5) AJ Green (Cin) The knee injury should be a blessing in disguise. Green will be healthy and look to dominate like he did last year when he was top 6 in catches and targets.
6) Demaryius Thomas (Den) Even with the addition of Wes Welker Thomas should be the top target for Peyton Manning. He grabbed the 7th most catches last season in the NFL, and reached 1400 yards. The addition of Welker will likely lower his numbers for an already deadly passing attack.
7) Vincent Jackson (TB) – Jackson 1384 receiving yards last season and proved to be the #1 target for Josh Freeman. Freeman is headed into his contract year and will look to get Jackson involved in the offense even more, in order to get a big payday.
8) Wes Welker (Den) You go from Tom Brady to Peyton Manning. There is only one ball to go around, and he likely won’t be the #1 WR in Denver, but he’s still going to put up big numbers as he’s proven to be one of the best receivers in the league. Targeted 175 times last season he caught 118 balls.
10) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari) A down year for Fitzgerald, he was targeted the 7th most times in the NFL, but only caught 71 passes for 798 yards. But the QBs throwing to him had a big thing to do with that low numbers. Now with a capable QB throwing him the ball, Fitzgerald will regain the form that made him a top 3 receiver for so many years.
11) Dez Bryant (Dal) catching 92 passes last season Bryant’s production should increase thanks to another year in the league, and facing poor divisional secondary’s .
12) Julio Jones (Atl) See Roddy White
13) Randall Cobb (GB) Cobb almost cracked the 1000 yard plateau last season as the slot WR for the Packers. Now with Donald Driver retired, Greg Jennings moved onto Minnesota, and Jordy Nelson recovering from a knee injury, Cobb is poised for a huge year
14) Victor Cruz (NYG) 143 targets last season will likely be replicated again this season. Cruz will put up good numbers thanks to the weak secondary of the NFC East
15) Danny Amendola (NE) Wes Welker is gone. So is Brandon Lloyd and Aaron Hernandez. Rob Gronkowski is injured. Amendola was signed to replace Welker and he’ll get the opportunity to do so in a big way thanks to a thin receiving core in Foxborough.
17) Steve Smith (Car) He is pretty much the only receiver worth a damn in Carolina. If Cam Newton is airing it out, the always reliable smith is bringing it down. You know what you’re getting with Steve Smith.
18) Stevie Johnson (Buf) The guy has always put up solid numbers with terrible QBs. Can’t imagine EJ Manuel isn’t throwing him the ball, and he can’t be any worse than Ryan Fitzpatrick, who Johnson managed to catch 1000 yards from.
19) Brian Hartline (Mia) Had good chemistry with rookie QB Ryan Tannehill last season and that should only continue this season as Tannehill enters year #2.
20) Mike Wallace (Mia) Brought in to be the top receiver in Miami, Wallace is one of the better receivers in the league entering a pass happy offense with a good second year QB at the helm.
21) Jordy Nelson (GB) The knee injury that required surgery is said to have plagued Nelson since his college days. When Nelson is healthy he’s one of the most reliable targets in the NFL and his production should be there thanks to Greg Jennings leaving, and Aaron Rodgers being Aaron Rodgers
22) Eric Decker (Den) Decker will likely be the 3rd option in the Denver attack, but even the 3rd option should be a lock for 1000 yards.
23) Dwayne Bowe (KC) He’s never had an elite QB in his career throwing the ball to him. Alex Smith is far from elite, but Bowe now has a coach who will throw the ball often, and Bowe will likely be the target of that passing attack
24) Lance Moore (NO) Was targeted a career high 104 times and his Adot was 14 yards. He reached the 1000 yard mark and should have continued success with Drew Brees throwing him the ball
25) Pierre Garcon (Wash) Garcon was the #1 receiver for rookie QB RG3 last season but he got injured. Now healthy, Garcon should be the #1 threat again, and see more targets with RG3 not tucking and running it as much as last season.
26) Miles Austin (Dal) The problem with Dallas receivers isn’t getting targets, because they’re targeted often. It’s the QB giving the ball up. If Romo can limit his INT, both Bryant and Austin should see their production rise
27) Antonio Brown (Pitt) Brown is a year removed from 1000 yard season. With Mike Wallace out of the way, Brown because the #1 WR for the Steelers who will likely throw the ball early on because of a rookie RB.
28) Anquan Boldin (SF) Until Michael Crabtree returns, Boldin will be the #1 WR in SF. What remains to be seen is how much Kaepernick will throw the ball, compared to Kaepernick running the ball. Still Boldin should put up solid numbers for the 49ers
29) James Jones (GB) Will have a more prominent role in the GB offense this year and should continue to be a red zone threat for Aaron Rodgers
30) Torrey Smith (Balt) Smith will be the only option for Joe Flacco who lost big targets to trades and injury this season. Teams will double team smith and leave the other, untested WR to prove themselves.
31) Mike Williams (TB) was a deep threat for Josh Freeman with an Adot of 14.4. Vincent Jackson will still be the #1 receiver, but a boost in Freemans performance this season will result in Williams breaking the 1000 yard mark
32) Hakeem Nicks (NYG) Was last year a fluke? Who knows. Could be, or he could be Reggie Brown.
33) Tavon Austin (Stl) Dynamic WR with a good QB throwing him the ball. Should be an immediate impact player
35) TY Hilton (Ind) Put up really good numbers with Andrew Luck throwing him the ball, but has competition for #2 WR with newly acquired Darius Heyward-Bey
37) Alshon Jeffrey (Chi) He’s going to be in for a big year. Wasn’t targeted often last year, but when he was he caught the ball. His second year will only be better
38) Kenny Britt (Tenn) Said to be looking good in camp, Lockers #1 WR. This might finally be the year he takes the next step and becomes a big time threat
39) DeSean Jackson (Phil) When this guy goes invisible some games, and no one knows who’s throwing him the ball. And whoever it is won’t be throwing him the ball as much as the old regime did. I would stay away.
40) Sidney Rice (Sea) If Russell Wilson ends up taking the next step and throwing more, it should be to Rice, and not Golden Tate
41) Chris Givens (Stl) Givens has looked “the most consistent” in camp this year and could look to steal the #2 WR spot from former 2nd rounder Brian Quick
42) Josh Gordon (Cle) Suspended for the first 4 games, but Gordon is what you want in a WR. He’s big and able to get open and catch the ball. Put up really good numbers in his rookie year and became the #1 target for Brandon Weeden.
43) Aaron Dobson (NE) Other than Amendola, Brady could look to get 2nd round pick, 6’3 Aaron Dobson involved in the offense as the #2 WR.
44) Cecil Shorts (Jax) Had more receiving yards last season then Blackmon, almost getting 1000 yards but I’d be worried it’s a fluke and id be weary of that QB situation.
45) Ryan Broyles (Det) Could beat out veteran Nate Burleson for the teams #2 WR and the Lions sure do like to pass the ball a lot.
46) Donnie Avery (KC) Was a really good WR before tearing his ACL with the Rams. Resurrected his career last season in Indy, and is coming to the pass happy Andy Reid offense.
47) DeAndre Hopkins (Hou) Matt Schaub will be happy to finally have another target to throw to.
48) Michael Crabtree (SF) Don’t know when he’ll be back, but he should produce when he does. Good late pick
49) Andrew Hawkins (Cin) Proved a reliable option for Andy Dalton and the Bengals last season.
BONUS NAME: Da’Rick Rogers (Buf) first round talent, best WR at Tennessee, gets kicked off the team, signs with the Bills as an undrafted free agent.
1) Jimmy Graham (NO) – Really you can go 1-2 with Jimmy Graham and Jason Witten. Graham is more reliable with TD’s then Witten, but catches less balls and is targeted slightly less than Witten. With that said Jimmy Graham is a damn good TE, going into a contract year on a team that will likely look to air it out in the 4th quarter. Graham was targeted the second most times for TE in the NFL, and has arguably the best QB in the league throwing him the ball.
2) Jason Witten (Dal) – The Saints Jimmy Graham is the sexy name, but Witten actually had a better season last year, except for the TD (only 3) which may have been a result of Romo’s turnover problems. For a PPR league Witten is great, he was targeted the most times last season (148) and had the most catches (110) IF Romo can limit his turnovers, He’s going to look for his best friend in the end zone.
3) Tony Gonzalez (ATL) – Gonzalez is back for another year and will be one of the featured targets in one of the best passing attacks in the league. Gonzalez managed to catch the second most balls last season among TE in the league, and is in a division that features the 2 worst passing defenses in the league last season.
4) Heath Miller (Pit) – With Mike Wallace leaving for Miami, Ben Roethlisberger should look to TE Heath Miller even more than last season. Last season Miller caught 71 balls (5th most) despite being targeted the 8th most. With more targets this year Miller will catch more balls, and likely up his 8 TD total from last year
5) Brandon Myers (NYG) – Last season with Oakland Myers proved able to get open and catch the ball. Myers was targeted the 4th most times for TE and caught the 4th most passes. Myers now moves to the Giants where Eli has shown in the past that if the TE is a reliable receiving option, he will get them involved in the passing attack. Myers will also be facing Philadelpia’s awful LB core twice a season
6) Greg Olson (Car) – The former 1st round pick has found a home in Carolina, and a QB who relies on him. Olson is on a Panthers team that features only one real receiving threat (Steve Smith) and a bunch of fringe players. Olson is likely Cam Newton’s second choice when looking to air the ball out. He was targeted over 100 times last season and he should see similar production this season.
7) Antonio Gates (SD) – You aren’t drafting Antonio Gates expecting big yards, your drafting him solely because he is Philip Rivers’ favorite target in the red zone. He’s managed at least 7 TD every year except for his rookie year, and with Malcolm Floyd injured, Gates MAY see his targets go up. Likely however he will get 600 yards and around 7-9 TD.
8) Rob Gronkowski (NE) – If Rob Gronkowski is healthy, he will be a huge target for Brady, no longer having to deal with Aaron Hernandez stealing away receptions. But will he be healthy?
9) Kyle Rudolph (Minn) – Rudolph needs to catch more balls. He was targeted plenty last season (93 times) but only managed 53 catches. He did however prove to be a red zone target for QB Christian Ponder. With Percy Harvin being traded, Rudolph could possibly see even more targets this season. If Rudolph can catch more balls that are sent his way, he could be a huge steal.
10) Owen Daniels (Hou) For years now Daniels has been the #2 option for Matt Schaub. However this season may be different. The Texans drafted DeAndre Hopkins, and that may take away targets from Daniels, who was targeted the 5th most in the NFL last season. He’s not one of the elite TE, but he’s a very solid option.
11) Brandon Pettigrew (Det) Pettigrew was targeted over 100 times last season, but similar to Kyle Rudolph, he caught only half of those passes. A lot of those catches seemed to be for short yardage, as he only managed 40 yards per game. He only mad 3 TD last season, but QB Mathew Stafford struggled to get 20 TD and most of those went to WR Calvin Johnson. He’s a risk, but if Mathew Stafford can manage more TD, Pettigrew will see his numbers increase.
12) Jermichael Finley (GB) – Jermichael is a good TE, not a great TE. He’s in a great situation, with an elite QB passing him the ball in an offense that passes quite often. Finley is also the only TE in the system, so he doesn’t have to worry about another TE stealing targets. With that said, 700 yards and 5 TD is likely. He’s not a terrible option but he’s not the best option.
13) Vernon Davis (SF) Since that amazing 2009 season, Davis has seen his numbers dip every year. From 914 yards in 2010 to 548 yards last season. His targets went from 93 in 2010 to just 61 last season. I know a lot of people think he’s still an elite TE, but he’s not. He’s a sexy name, but with the addition of Anquan Boldin, I don’t see Davis regaining his 2009 season.
14) Martellus Bennett (Chi) – Had a pretty good season with the Giants last year, with 90 targets and over 600 yards. Now he moves to Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears. The problem is Jay Cutler doesn’t utilize the TE as much as he should. The last time he had a legitimate receiving tight end was with Greg Olson in 2010 and he was targeted only 69 times. Cutler hasn’t had a receiving TE since 2010 until now. Bennett can put up decent numbers, but it remains to be seen whether Cutler will throw him the ball.
15) Jermaine Gresham (Cin) The Bengals did go out and draft TE Tyler Eifert in the first round of this past season, but he might not make an immediate impact and Gresham is one of QB Andy Dalton’s favorite targets. Gresham was targeted 94 times for 64 catches last season. I expect Andy Dalton to really step his game up this season, but I would be suspect over a two TE situation.