Monday, September 16, 2013
Checking in on Charles Clay
By Tom Carpenter
Whether you want to call him an H-back, a fullback or a converted tight end doesn't really matter, Charles Clay is a football player, whose production Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts brought him to the attention of fantasy football owners and Miami Dolphins fans alike. He pulled in five passes for 109 yards and tacked on a one-yard rushing touchdown.
After the Dolphins lost tight end Dustin Keller for the season last month, we touched on Clay's potential as a fill-in option, noting that even though he had only caught "34 passes over the past two seasons ... to his credit, five of those catches were for touchdowns and he averaged a solid 15.9 YPC."
He's an athletic pass-catcher, who seems to have a propensity for making plays in the end zone when balls are thrown his way. And since Dolphins running backs Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas aren't great goal-line threats on the ground, it's not inconceivable that Clay could work into a regular role finishing off drives that make it that far.
At this point, he's certainly worth consideration in deep fantasy leagues that use two tight ends in their starting lineups.