By Dan Richman
8:33 PM CDT, September 25, 2013
Having a marquee tight end in fantasy football is important to win your league. One would think you need one of the big names—Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski (when healthy), Jason Witten or Tony Gonzalez. But this year it's a different story. Most of the big name tight ends are performing, and a few surprises are breaking out in a big way. Here are three tight ends making a big difference in fantasy football.
Martellus Bennett, Bears
Jay Cutler's newest scoring threat is fitting in perfectly in Chicago. Bennett showed fantasy promise with the N.Y. Giants and is taking his game to another level with the Bears. Bennett has been targeted 21 times, and has three touchdowns and 135 yards receiving. He is quickly proving to be a viable receiving option for the Bears. The schedule also looks good for Bennett, as the Bears face the weak defenses of Detroit, New Orleans, the N.Y. Giants and Washington.
Jordan Cameron, Cleveland
It doesn't seem to matter whose quarterbacking the Browns, Cameron is simply the man. The stats for this former USC Trojan are off the charts. He's averaging just under 90 yards receiving, and has 20 receptions and four touchdowns. Cameron is one of the few bright spots for the Browns, and I expect him to keep shining for fantasy owners. The next four games look favorable, too, against Cincinnati, Buffalo, Detroit and Green Bay.
Julius Thomas, Denver
Surprise, Surprise, Peyton Manning found a new tight end to throw to in Denver. Thomas is a touchdown machine, scoring in every game so far this year; he also has 14 catches in three games. Thomas is real threat in the red zone especially. Expect this former basketball player to keep leaping for touchdowns.
RedEye special contributor Dan Richman hosted a fantasy football show on 670-AM for years under the moniker "Super Fan Dan." @danrichmanffl
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