Six weeks into the NFL season, fantasy football owners had so many options at the tight end position that it took a bit too long for legitimate starters, players such as Vernon Davis, Visanthe Shiancoe and Brent Celek, to be picked up. As such, when productive tight ends such as Chris Cooley and Owen Daniels suffered season-ending injuries before Week 9, it was pretty easy to find replacements. Even now, Shiancoe, with eight touchdowns this season, remains available in 26 percent of ESPN leagues.
That was then, this is now: More and more tight ends have fallen to injury (Celek and Brandon Pettigrew, each of whom might miss significant time) or differing levels of unproductiveness (Heath Miller, Tony Scheffler, Zach Miller), and that depth has been pushed to the limit. When I did my tight end rankings for Week 12, I was barely able to find enough players at the position whom I considered start-worthy. The position isn't so deep anymore, but there are options, and all of these players are owned in less than 50 percent of leagues.
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