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we all underestimated witten

Postby centuryjaguars » Wed Oct 08, 2008 5:01 pm

I was lucky enough to grab him in one of my 2 leagues.

48 targets 35 receps 442 yards 54 fantasy points

witten, at least in my league is the equivalent of a top ten wideout point wise.

out of the leagues wideouts, he'd be 4th in targets, 1st in receptions, 4th in yards, 9th in points.

this guy is scoring more then the most of these recievers. crazy.
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Re: we all underestimated witten

Postby treat24 » Wed Oct 08, 2008 5:12 pm

Who underestimated him? Most of the guys here ranked him the #1 TE before the year. He was the first TE off the board (usually 3rd round) in all our mocks and in our rankings section before the season he was above Gates.... :-) ;-D
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Re: we all underestimated witten

Postby stomperrob » Wed Oct 08, 2008 5:17 pm

Yeh really, who would underestimate a guy who had 96 receptions for 1,145 yds and 7 TD's in 2007!!!
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Re: we all underestimated witten

Postby JasonSeahorn » Wed Oct 08, 2008 6:16 pm

It's true he is doing very well, having him score the equivalent of a top 10 WR is definitely a nice surprise, but he was considered the #1 TE by many people pre-draft.
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Re: we all underestimated witten

Postby 2ksports » Wed Oct 08, 2008 6:37 pm

A healthy gates would give him a run for his money. Gates is still the most feared by defenders and the only TE that is the #1 receiving option of his team in the redzone. I think in the last 8 games once Gates full recovers form injury, Witten will be #2 after Gates.
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Re: we all underestimated witten

Postby Finatical » Wed Oct 08, 2008 6:39 pm

You obviously underestimated our estimations of Witten. :-?
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Re: we all underestimated witten

Postby LS2throwed » Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:42 pm

treat24 wrote:Who underestimated him? Most of the guys here ranked him the #1 TE before the year.


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Re: we all underestimated witten

Postby My team is injured » Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:52 pm

I actually somewhat agree with the original poster, and I had him ranked as the #1 TE.

The thing is, he probably should have been higher on overall draft boards (at least in PPR leagues), not only based on the great numbers he's putting up, but also largely based on the mediocre to poor #s the rest of the TEs are putting up.

IMO, there aren't even 10 startable TEs when they're all healthy, and a number of the startable ones like Dallas Clark, Shockey, and now Sheffler are missing games due to injury. The only two I thought were worth mentioning with Witten coming into the season (Gates and Winslow) have both under-performed with one battling a lingering injury and the other on a questionable offense. And of course there are the black-hole busts like Vernon and Heap (though he's at least shown something). Others like Cooley, T-gonz, and Owen Daniels are all respectable enough but are getting outscored by a huge margin by Witten, and I'd expect that to stay the same going forward barring injuries.

Without crunching numbers, Witten might have merited being drafted as high as 20 in a PPR redraft, and I'd think surely at least by pick 30. To be honest, if I received a trade offer of say Wayne for Witten straight up, I might not pull the trigger as the drop-off with a replacement TE might end up being starker than a replacement WR. In these respects, he was indeed under-estimated.
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Re: we all underestimated witten

Postby 2ksports » Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:19 pm

That is true, I would not trade Witten or Gates for ANY receiver straight up, even Larry Fitzgerald. In fact I gave up both Hines Ward and Dwayne Bowe after week 1 when they both scored TDs to acquire Gates b/c the point differential for TEs is pretty high.

This also means (in my mind) that Anthony Fasano is worth more than any tier 2 receiver.
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Re: we all underestimated witten

Postby moochman » Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:29 am

Who is this Witten fella?

I noticed last season that stud TEs were undervalued in many leagues. Sadly in all but one of my leagues I didn't pull the Witten trigger soon enough. I had underestimated my leauges savy on this unknown TE :-b . Last season in PPR leagues (I think) there were 4 TE in the top 20 receivers.
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