Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys
FANTASY FOOTBALL ANALYSIS
Surprisingly, for a sure-handed tight end of Jason Witten’s size and stature, the Dallas Cowboy has been extremely inconsistent when it comes to finding the end-zone in his career. Check these numbers out, 1, 6, 6, 1, 7, 4, 2, 9, 5 and then 2012’s 3. That is perhaps the one thing that keeps him from being considered the top tight end in fantasy football.
Let’s not kid ourselves, his reception yardage is there. Consistently approaching or topping 1,000 yards a season since 2007, while racking up anywhere from 79-110 receptions in that span, he is someone who definitely won’t hurt your team, unless you overpay for him. He also is a rarity and someone that deserves your respect.
He hasn’t missed a single game since 2003 so health is not really a concern. The one thing that you should be looking at though is that he will be 31 this season and this is about the time that tight ends start taking a dip statistically. But until he actually starts slowing down I wouldn’t doubt him for a second.
Witten does offer something that the top-2 (Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham) doesn’t, and that is dependency. Grab Witten after the top names are off of the board while being able to still gain value knowing that you will get a full-16 out of this star tight end.