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Friday, December 7, 2012

FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYER: BRANDON MYERS TIGHT END OAKLAND RAIDERS

Heading into the 2012 fantasy football season, we made note about how the tight end position was deeper than possibly ever before.  With NFL offenses becoming more passing-centric by the day, the era that Antonio Gates ushered in with regards to the pass-catching/athletic tight end became a trend that infiltrated almost every team.  The 2012 season has lived up to this trend, with one new arrival to the fraternity of top fantasy football tight ends in the form of the Oakland Raiders' Brandon Myers.  Myers has become a big time breakout story this season and after having a rare off night Thursday against the Denver Broncos (1 catch for 7 yards), sits here with 70 big catches for 728 yards and 4 touchdowns.  It was all set up perfectly for Myers in the Oakland passing attack to have the kind of breakout he is having, what with a QB in Carson Palmer who loves to chuck the football all over the field but who had few decent receiving weapons.  Thus Myers became a trusted outlet for the boatload of Palmer passes this season and in the process has carved himself into a top ten fantasy football tight end. 

Looking back a bit at Myers' history, he was originally a sixth round draft choice out of Iowa by the team but had to sit and wait his turn his first two seasons before getting a chance at decent playing time in 2011.  Myers would catch only 16 passes that year but the Raiders saw enough to hold the starting slot for him once 2012 came around.  After a bit of a slow start, Myers has exploded during the middle portion of the season, with a 14-catch blockbuster in Week 13 against the Cleveland Browns being the clear highlight performance of his breakout campaign.  Put it all together and Myers has been a real find for those fantasy football owners who had to deal with an Aaron Hernandez or Rob Gronkowski injury.  There is no reason that Myers can't continue to do his Jason Witten impression going forward and even projecting for next season, has the look of once again being a top ten tight end guy for the time being. 

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