Week 1 Fantasy Football 2015 Tight Ends Value Picks
Week one of the 2015 NFL pro football season is vast approaching. It is a good time to check out the week one fantasy football tight end value picks. With the NFL offenses becoming more wide open in the passing game it is important to identify the tight ends that will be used in passing patterns instead asked to block in the run game. Goal to go situations are critical at this position as tight ends are stronger than receivers and can create separation from a defender with their strength to catch touchdown passes.
Greg Olsen (Panthers): The Carolina Panthers took a huge hit in their passing game as leading receiver Kelvin Benjamin suffered a season ending injury in training camp. Greg Olsen is a sure handed tight end for Cam Newton to go to in the passing game. Olsen caught 84 passes in the 2014 campaign for 1008 yards and six touchdown passes. He was targeted nearly 7 times per game a season ago and will get tons of looks from Newton who doesn’t have many options in his wide receiver position. In the playoffs Olsen averaged over 13 ½ yards per reception.
Larry Donnell (Giants): This is the second year for the New York Giants in this new offense that is a short drop and quick strike for quarterback Eli Manning. Opposing defenses are going to have their hands full protecting against big plays with Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz in the pattern. Donnell in his third season with the Giants caught 63 balls for 623 yards and six touchdowns a season ago. He nearly averaged 10 yards per reception last year. With Beckham Jr. and Cruz attracting attention, look for Donnell to increase his yards after the catch numbers.
Josh Hill (Saints): The Saints allowed tight end Jimmy Graham to walk in free agency to the Seahawks. Hill will get looks from quarterback Drew Brees in 2015. The Saints are not going to change their approach offensively with the loss of Graham. They are going to put the ball in the air a lot again in 2015. In limited time in 2014 Hill caught 14 balls for 176 yards with five touchdowns. Hill averaged over 12 yards a catch and will see his time on the field increase dramatically with the loss of Graham. Hill is a definite target in the red zone for New Orleans because their run game is so poor.
Heath Miller (Steelers): Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is coming off a career year in 2014 as he threw for 4952 yards with 32 touchdown passes. The Steelers will continue to keep the ball in the air and not resort back to their grinding running game. Opposing defensive coordinators will work schemes to try and contain Antonio Brown who had an outstanding 2014 campaign. Miller had 66 receptions in 2014 with 761 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged nearly 13 yards per catch in the playoffs last year. Miller is a work horse and doesn’t come off the field much.
Jacob Tamme (Falcons): The Atlanta Falcons looks to be a much improved team in 2015. Matt Ryan will have Julio Jones and Roddy White healthy again on the field together. Ryan in 2014 with a season ending injury to Jones threw for nearly 4799 yards and 28 touchdowns. Jacob Tamme ran routes for Peyton Manning for in his entire career. Now he will be targeted by Matt Ryan. With White and Jones getting heavy attention from opposing defenses this gives Tamme opportunities to be a possession pass catching tight end that will score fantasy points in goal to go situations.
Kyle Rudolph (Vikings): Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is developing well in his second season with Minnesota. Adrian Peterson returns for the Vikings giving Minnesota a break away running back. Mike Wallace gives Minnesota the big play receiver. Look for play action pass catching opportunities for Kyle Rudolph in goal to go situations as well as targets to move the sticks in key third downs. Rudolph is healthy and playing in a Norv Turner offense.
2015 NFL Fantasy Football Week 1 Tight End Value Picks
1. Greg Olsen (Panthers)
2. Larry Donnell (Giants)
3. Josh Hill (Saints)
4. Heath Miller (Steelers)
5. Jacob Tamme (Falcons)
6. Kyle Rudolph (Vikings)