A week ago I actually thought it would be a bit too obvious to label Indianapolis Colts tight end Jacob Tamme as a sneaky free-agent pickup. With Dallas Clark being placed on injured reserve, fantasy owners across any sport should be conditioned by now to start their replacement search with, well, the injured player's replacement. In a dynamic passing offense like the Colts', this would appear to be even truer.
Tamme isn't going to be Clark in terms of targets or production, but he's got the right quarterback in place to put up usable numbers that fantasy owners even in 10-team leagues might enjoy. A year ago we kind of went through this with Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley; he broke his ankle in Week 7, and out of nowhere Fred Davis turned in more than respectable numbers. That was with Jason Campbell at quarterback. Tamme has Peyton Manning.
The tight end position is hurting, so I figured Tamme would be a popular fantasy addition, but he hasn't been in ESPN standard leagues. Yes, the Colts were on bye in Week 7, so that helped blunt attention, and I can still count 10-12 other tight ends I'd rely on more, including Aaron Hernandez, Tony Moeaki and Brandon Pettigrew, but if Tamme catches six passes for 60 yards on Monday night against the Houston Texans, you can't say it's a surprise. Plus, the Texans allow the second-most points to tight ends in the league, or the most in the non-Buffalo Bills category. I'm not saying Tamme will break out, but if you've got bench space, take a chance.
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