Here is my third sleeper post. On the first two I focused on the running backs and receivers. This time I cover the tight ends.
Chris Cooley – Fellow fantasy football aficionado Cooley is another Redskin that had a nice season one year removed but was injured the bulk of last season. His 2008 stat line read 83 receptions for 849 yards and one TD. The low TD figure was mainly due to Washington’s ineffectiveness in the red zone. During the offseason the Skins added offensive minded Mike Shanahan as head coach. Plus they brought in Donovan McNabb at quarterback. McNabb had a penchant for finding his tight end in the Eagle offense, especially in the red zone. Plus Cooley and McNabb have been connecting well in camp and the preseason so far. I see a comeback year in the making for Cooley.
Zach Miller - Miller’s 2009 stat line reads 66 receptions for 805 yards and three TD’s. Now remember that was mostly with all time bust JaMarcus Russell at quarterback. Now enter Jason Campbell at quarterback in Oakland. He was the quarterback for the aforementioned Cooley during the 2008 season. It’s obvious from that, Campbell has a penchant for finding the tight end as well. An uptick in receptions could mean big things for Miller since he averaged 12.19 yards per reception last year.
John Carlson - Seattle’s biggest problem in 2009 was the offensive line. This caused Carlson to be called upon to block more often than he should have even on passing downs. Enter first round draft choice Russell Okung to the offensive line. Once he recovers from a minor ankle injury, he will be a force at the left tackle position. This should enable Carlson to get out in pass patterns and use his big 6-5 frame to outmaneuver people. He had a decent 2009 stat line of 51 receptions for 534 yards and seven TD’s in spite of the factors against him in 2009. Look for him to progress further as a tight end in 2010.