SleepersSeptember 8, 2009

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By R.J. White

Every year, we get a few tight ends that break out and come seemingly out of nowhere to provide teams with a big boost as they head for their championship. It’s one of the reasons I don’t like to take a tight end in the middle rounds — I figure I can play TE roulette until I hit the jackpot. Several TEs are garnering buzz around the league already, but perhaps none has been as impressive as Jermichael Finley.

Drafted by the Packers out of the University of Texas, Finley had a relatively quite 2008, catching six balls for 74 yards and a touchdown. He started just one game, and had only one game where he caught multiple passes. Incidentally, that was the last game of the season.

Finley has been a much bigger part of the offense during training camp and the preseason. In three preseason games, he has nine catches for 92 yards and two TDs. There’s even speculation that Finley will see equal time with Donald Lee, and with Finley being the superior pass-catcher, this could translate into some great fantasy lines.

I wouldn’t be shocked to see Finley make 40-50 catches and haul in five or more TDs this season. If he dominates early, he could earn more playing time quickly and as a result, his upside could be even higher. Don’t hesitate to kick a slow-starting TE to the curb if you see Finley start to heat up in September. Odds are, if you snooze, you’ll lose.

R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
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6 Responses to “Jermichael Finley”

  1. I grabbed him in the 14th round of our draft. As I peeled his sticker and stuck it to the board and said his name I heard JERMICHAEL WHO??? I said, “you’ll find out”.

    Rodgers and the Packers receiving corps are gonna have a monster season this year and Finley will end up being the next Antonio Gates.

  2. User avatar latraffic says:

    Thanks for the tip. I’ll keep an eye on him. Packers offense looks to be loaded so any player in the mix there could be a winner.

  3. I grabbed him in two of my three leagues as well. I can’t wait to see how he does.

  4. GirthyOne says:

    While the buzz was great. I have this guy stashed on a Taxi in two different leagues. The problem with the early hype was that it was preseason the idiot that is Ted Thompson has decimated the offensive line talent to the point where every TE and RB has to help block in the passing game. Nice job Ted. You screwed us all out of a nice sleeper because your “main focus” (from first GM press conference) really wasn’t the offensive line. Bring on the next GM and coaching staff, one that understands how important the offensive line is and can evaluate talent.

    Bring back Mike Holmgren!!!!!!!

  5. User avatar joejlitz says:

    I’m dropping him tonight through my waivers process. I can’t wait on him or the Packers offense anymore. Shockey is still available.

  6. waterproof says:

    He’ll get a lot of picks up with week.


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