Fantasy Football Profiles: Dustin Keller, Visanthe Shiancoe, Heath Miller

Aug 21, 2009
Dustin Keller had a nice Rookie year with 48 catches for 535 yards and 3 TDs.  He was really beginning to pick up steam in Weeks 10-13 averaging 6.75 catches for 78.25 yards before the wings fell off the Jets and Brett Favre’s arm went limp.  With limited options to catch the ball and a green QB in Kellen Clemens or Mark Sanchez, look for Keller to see plenty of targets as their check down option.  I’m afraid the TDs are going to be few and far between, but he should be a solid, low end TE1 making him a solid value as he’s going around the 12th Round in fantasy drafts.  His value increases in PPR leagues.  I’m expecting 70 catches for 800 yards and 3 TDs.
Visanthe Shiancoe has to be pleased with the addition of Brett Favre as Favre has traditionally liked going to Tight Ends in the red zone (Mark Chmura, Bubba Franks, Donald Lee). He probably won’t see an increase in looks with the addition of Percy Harvin, who should get plenty of work in the slot, but he could keep his TD total high to maintain his fantasy value.  He’s going around the 12th Round of fantasy drafts and is a borderline TE1 and a solid TE2.  Personally I would TE earlier so I wouldn’t have to rely on Shiancoe as my #1.  With Adrian Peterson, Chestery Taylor, Bernard Berrian, Sidney Rice, and Harvin, there are a lot of mouths to feed on the Vikings.  Consistency will be an issue.  I think he’ll finish with 45 catches for 575 yards and 5 TDs.
Heath Miller has been a fairly consistent TE2 the past four years.  He has averaged 42 catches for 483 yards and 5.25 TDs.  He’s very athletic, but is often used heavily in pass protection that his numbers are what they could be if he played in another offense.  That said, he still is a nice backup Tight End and spot starter. He’s going around the 13th Round of fantasy drafts, although I would wait a bit longer for a TE2 had I already picked a TE1.  I see him having similar production as his aforementioned career numbers.  40 receptions for 480 yards and 5 TDs.
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