treat24 wrote: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....
He wasn't ranked that high overall from what I recall seeing as well as how he was drafted in my leagues.
(from an average of 4 mocks for PPR leagues from the cafe: http://www.fantasyfootballcafe.com/2008/player_rankings_12teamppradp.php)
Witten had an ADP of 48.25 and was the 46th player off the board on average in these 4 mocks. Probably slightly lower than he was valued in general. He went at picks 40 and 43 in 2 of my leagues (he was a keeper in the other). When I got him at pick 43 in my one league, I was pleased but wasn't thinking this was an absolute steal and would rather have had steve smith who had gone just beforehand.
None of this is indicative of his value being slotted as a 3rd round pick in a 10 or even 12 team league in drafts this year. In hindsight, he deserved to be picked as high as guys like Gonzo and Gates have gone in past years when they were the clear top TEs, projected to be well above the rest of the pack (early to mid 3rd round is where they often enough went).