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Thursday, August 28, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT SLEEPERS: TIM WRIGHT/TRAVIS KELCE TIGHT ENDS

                                                     Tim Wright
 
The tight end position continues to present some interesting sleepers this season, what with Zach Ertz shooting sky-high up boards with his splendid preseason work and primary role in the Philadelphia Eagles' passing offense.  However two other names have come into prominence this preseason, one early on and on in just the last 48 hours.  We are referring of course to Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and New England Patriots new tight end Tim Wright who both carry some intriguing upside at an always dicey position.  So with that said let's check in on both and see what they could provide to their fantasy football owners this season. 
 
Travis Kelce
 
A former third-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Kelce has yet to make his debut after missing all of last season with injury.  However the former Cincinnati Bearcat was drafted by the team due to his ability to catch the football and with only the lumbering Anthony Fasano as competition on the depth chart, Kelce had a prime opportunity presented to him this summer in training camp.  With the Chiefs operating a low-risk passing attack that has QB Alex Smith primarily throwing short, Kelce quickly showed he could be an asset to the offense in preseason games.  Kelce was clearly up to the task as he has caught 10 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns in the team's three exhibition games.  With Kelce playing so well and with the Chiefs lacking an semblance of receiver help outside of Dwayne Bowe (who will be suspended in Week 1), there is prime sleeper potential here for these types of performances to continue.  At the very least, Kelce will likely be used on passing downs while Fasano perates with his blocking in the run game.  Kelce is worth a look as he is likely still sitting there on the wire and has upside that is untapped.  Again at tight end all sleepers are good investment like Jordan Cameron was a season ago.
 
Tim Wright
 
Unlike Travis Kelce, Tim Wright played during his rookie season in 2013 after being signed as an undrafted free agent from Rutgers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Wright wound up playing very well and eventually found himself on fantasy football rosters by midseason.  Showing a knack for scoring touchdowns, Wright caught a total of 54 passes for 571 yards and 5 touchdowns in limited action.  With the Buc's having drafted Austin Sefarin-Jenkins last May, the team now had the ability to trade Wright which of course they did to the New England Patriots Tuesday for OG Logan Mankins.  The move to the Patriots instantly made Wright a major person of interest as Bill Belichick has plans to possibly use him in the old Aaron Hernandez role as the team favors playing two tight ends.  At the very least Wright's arrival gives QB Tom Brady another viable weapon in the passing game which will help his fantasy football value as well.  With Hernandez having had some very solid seasons before he got into trouble, Wright can easily improve on his 2013 numbers and threaten the 80-catch/7-TD mark if all breaks right.  Wright should be added in all formats as a result of the deal and the upside he brings could be significant given his new locale.
 
As always let us hear your opinions on these two.  Post your arguments below.
 
 
 
 

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