With Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland desperate to keep his job, he went on a lucrative spending spree this past off-season. One of his many additions was former Jets TE Dustin Keller. But Keller didn’t make it out of the pre-season. He suffered a torn ACL, PCL, and MCL at the expense of a malicious hit by Texans Safety D.J. Swearinger. The gruesome injury paved the way for one of fantasy’s biggest surprises thus far: third year TE Charles Clay.
With the lone exception of targeting Jimmy Graham in the 3rd round of fantasy drafts this year, which has paid off for me thus far, Clay has validated a stance I’ve always taken on the Tight End position; don’t pay for it. So far, Clay has been this year’s version of Brandon Myers. Tallying 20 receptions for 245 yards and a TD has landed Clay in the top seven amongst the position, ahead of guys like Vernon Davis and Jason Witten. While I don’t expect Clay to outlast the likes of those guys, he has proved himself as a reliable target in an offense that has struggled to get Mike Wallace the ball.
The Bottom Heist: Until he strings together multiple underwhelming performances, he should be owned in all 10+ team leagues. He is currently owned in just 53% of leagues.