How Soon Should You Draft Dallas Clark?
Dallas Clark is an absolute terror to opposing defenses. Last year he had 100 catches for 1106 yards and 10 TDs. Those are not just incredible numbers for a tight end, but incredible numbers for any position. I have him as my top rated fantasy TE, but where should he go in fantasy drafts?
Mock Draft Central has his ADP at 50, meaning he’d go with the second pick in the fifth round. ESPN has him at 54. As rankings roll out, I’m sure that 50 mark will be pretty standard. I’m wondering if he should go a couple of rounds earlier.
Clark was tied with teammate Reggie Wayne for fifth in the league in receptions, trailing only the injured Wes Welker, the Giants’ Steve Smith, Andre Johnson, and Brandon Marshall. In PPR leagues, that number has to be considered. Even in non-PPR leagues he was amazingly productive ranking 16th in receiving yardage and tied for 7th in receiving TDs. Only seven players had 1000+ receiving yards and 10+ TDs. Those players were Randy Moss, Larry Fitzgerald, Roddy White, Miles Austin, Marshall, Wayne, and Clark.
There were only about 25-30 non-quarterbacks that scored more fantasy points than Clark last year in non-PPR leagues, depending on your format of course. In PPR leagues, that number was even lower. There are probably about seven QBs that I would prefer over Clark (Rodgers, Brees, Manning, Rivers, Brady, Romo, Schaub).
He has a rare combination of speed and size that makes him a difficult match-up for linebackers and safeties alike. He runs crisp routes and has the full confidence of one of the best QBs in the game. With Reggie Wayne tormenting defenses on the outside, Clark has a field day.
With his ability and the system he operates in, I can easily see him going somewhere around the 35-40 spot making him a late third or early fourth round pick.
2010 Prediction: 90 catches, 1000 yards, 10 TDs
Agree? Disagree? I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you value Dallas Clark.
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