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FANTASY OUTLOOK: Visanthe Shiancoe

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In an effort to continue looking at how players from your favorite team will fare in fantasy leagues this year, let’s look at the team’s top pass-catching tight end… Visanthe Shiancoe.

THE GOOD:  I know I’m not the only one that was calling for Visanthe to be cut by week 4 of last season, but man did something ever “click” for him in the middle of last season.  He ended up getting 596 yards and 7 touchdowns, which is pretty darn good numbers for a tight end.  If he can continue his hot streak then Shiancoe has become a viable tight end option for your fantasy team.

THE BAD:  Every now and again, players just have abberation seasons.  I hope this isn’t the case for Shiancoe, but you never know.  He should not be considered a proven commodity, which will give fantasy players some pause before calling his name on draft day.

THE BIG QUESTION:  That’s easy… Favre.  If the Vikings sign Favre then I think Shiancoe is in for a great season, as Brett has a way of making heros out of tight ends that are otherwise mediocre.  Shiancoe already has the skills, and could easily beat out Bernard Berrian, Chester Taylor, and Percy Harvin as Favre’s top target in 2009.  Especially if Favre’s shoulder equals limited range on throws down the middle.

PREDICTION:  I really think Shiancoe is going to have a stellar year, moving from one of the top ten pass catching tight ends to one of the top five.  I know that is a tall order, but with his improved play and Brett Favre coming to town, he is going to see a lot of action.  I would guess he snags 55 receptions for 650 yards and another 7 touchdowns.

WHERE TO DRAFT:  While I am high on Shiancoe coming into this season, I don’t think many others will be.  Therefore I expect to see him still on the boards in the latter quarter of the draft.  Sometime around round eight is when you should start noting how many tight ends have come off the board, and whether or not Shiancoe is your best value.  Don’t reach for him if there are still better players on the board, but he should surely be on your sleeper radar.


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One Response to “FANTASY OUTLOOK: Visanthe Shiancoe”

  1. Aaron says:

    I am high on him as well. I am going to nab him before some of the traditional TEs out there. He played like half a stellar year and led the NFC in TDs for TEs. If he has that for an entire year, with or without Favre, he’ll be money. Book it.

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