New Faces In New Places - Wide Receivers and Tight Ends for 2013
Part Two of a Two Part Series
Wide Receivers Â
WR Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks â€“ Harvin sheds the ineffectiveness of QB Christian Ponder, ultimately teaming with a solid up and comer in QB Russell Wilson due to an offseason trade involving draft picks between the Vikings and the Seahawks. Harvin adds quite a dynamic option to Seahawks offense that is just hitting its stride, joining a nice corps of receivers including Sidney Rice and Golden Tate. Did I mention the 67 million dollar contract, 25.5 million of which is guaranteed and a 12 million dollar signing bonus. Good God.
WR Wes Welker, Denver Broncos â€“ Nothing like swapping future Hall of Fame Quarterbacks, eh Wes? Welker moves from QB Tom Brady in New England to QB Peyton Manning in Denver. That is only the start of the similarities between the two teams, but the most important one. Look for a rock solid year from Welker.
WR Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins â€“ This situation could be quite interesting. Wallace had bouts of going MIA in Pittsburgh with Ben QB Roethlisbeger, wow he moves to Miami with a green Ryan Tannehill behind center. He is the clear number one option downfield, but heâ€™ll need to get on the same page with his young quarterback sooner as opposed to later.
WR Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings Â â€“ Jennings trades in the frozen tundra for the friendly confines of the Metrodome, a nice payday, and for really the first time in his career, the chance to team up with a superstar RB in Adrian Peterson. All pluses. The huge minus? Replacing QB Aaron Rodgers with Christian Ponder. If you forgot what lacking a capable QB can do for a top notch receiver, check out Larry Fitzgerald from a season ago.
WR Danny Amendola, New England Patriots â€“ Amendola has a fantastic opportunity to be Tom Bradyâ€™s new go-to guy downfield in New England. With the exit of wide receivers Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd and the questions now at the tight end position, Amendola becomes quite pivotal.
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, Indianapolis Colts â€“ Heyward-Bey Gives the Indianapolis Colts a rock solid third receiver option behind Reggie Wayne and TY Hilton. Watch his progress in training camp and how he works with QB Andrew Luck as he is a big target and could make some noise.
WR Donnie Avery, Kansas City Chiefs â€“ Signing with the Chiefs, Avery has the speed and skill to rise in the depth charts. Expect him to surpass both Dexter McCluster and Jon Baldwin sooner as opposed to later.
WR Kevin Ogletree, Tampa Bay Buccaneers â€“ Last yearâ€™s opening waiver wire darling enters a situation similar to the one in he faced in Dallas. It will take an injury to either Vincent Jackson or Mike Williams for him to be fantasy relevant.
WR Mohammed Massaquoi, Jacksonville Jaguars â€“ Massaquoi makes the move from Cleveland to Jacksonville. The NBA equivalent of moving from the Timberwolves to the Sixers.
TE Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams â€“ Cook made the move from the Tennessee Titans to the St. Louis Rams this offseason. The talent is there, and if he works well with QB Sam Bradford, he could maintain his fantasy value for sure.
TE Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears â€“ After a solid campaign as a starter for the New York Giants, Bennett signed with the Chicago Bears. With Mike Martz no longer calling the offense, the tight end could very well reemerge in the Bears playbook. Stay tuned.
TE Dustin Keller, Miami Dolphins â€“ a solid producer in New York with the Jets, Keller is now suiting up in South Beach with the Dolphins. If departed Anthony Fasano found his way in this offense, look for Keller to boost things a few levels.
TE Brandon Myers, New York Giants â€“ a waiver wire gem last season with the Raiders, Myers signed a 4 year deal with the New York Giants in the offseason. This PPR machine could be a top 10 performer in this offense if utilized effectively.
TE Kellen Winslow, New York Jets â€“ Signed with the Jets after a successful mini-camp tryout, and with the exit of TE Dustin Keller, the opportunity is there. He claims to me motivated, with the 100 reception goal for the season, but his body has yet to cooperate, and we havenâ€™t even talked about QB Mark Sanchez yet. Thatâ€™s said, if he is healthy, Winslow might surprise.
TE Anthony Fasano, Kansas City Chiefs â€“ Fasano was signed away from the Dolphins straight into Andy Reidâ€™s tight end friendly offense in Kansas City. Could Fasano be Andyâ€™s new Brent Celek? Heâ€™ll be heavily utilized and could put up solid numbers.
Stay tuned – as the players continue to move, Iâ€™ll keep the updates and analysis coming!
Be sure to check out New Faces New Places Part One – QB’s and RB’s!Â
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