Tight Ends are the most frustrating players to predict each and every single week because they are so touchdown dependent. There are only a few in the NFL that will provide you a solid game without a touchdown so why use the same average TE each week when you can increase your odds of getting that solid game based on matchup and opportunity?
This is the definition of opportunity. The Tight End for the Steelers has been pushed up into the starting lineup now that Ladarius Green is hurt and the situation could not be better for Jesse James. Big Ben and the Steelers will be playing without Le'Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant as well. The Steelers are a high powered offense as long as Ben Roethlisberger is healthy and there are plenty of targets to go around. I don't expect Antonio Brown to score all of the Steelers touchdowns so don't be surprised when you see James haul one in himself.
Another guy with a great opportunity and more is Vance McDonald. He is playing on an offense as the only show in town. Aside from Torrey Smith there is no one else to throw to. I love McDonald in PPR leagues for week 1 because he has an incredibly high floor and will get plenty of catches and yards for you. If McDonald happens to fall into the end zone be sure to laugh at everyone else who spent an early draft pick on a TE while you on the other hand got McDonald for free.
Please let us take a moment of silence to appreciate the fact that we will never see Owen Daniels start for an NFL team again. Daniels was probably the worst TE to start in the NFL last season. Now that the Broncos have finally come to their senses we can see a true talent get his opportunity. And Virgil Green is a damn good talent. I've been waiting for this guy to get the starting job for far too long and the day has finally come! Green is an athletic freak in all aspects of the game. He is fast and strong with great hands. He is also a damn good blocker which means he will be on the field a lot. Not many TEs have that combination of good blocking and route running ability. Although the matchup against the stout Carolina defense doesn't seem very appealing on paper, the Panthers struggled greatly last season against the TE position. Although Green is not my favorite among this list of TEs for week 1 I do believe that he is the most talented and will have the most upside moving forward because he will be on the field a lot!
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