I couldn't agree with you more. I was going to post this after last week's game but I thought better of it as many would simply say "it's just preseason". But Finley has received nothing but praise during camp this year and has had glowing compliments from Rodgers himself and when the starting QB starts talking you up as opposed to the coaches, it's something I take notice of. 2 weeks ago you could get Finley off the waiver wire and not even have to spend a pick on him. Now I'm seeing him go in the early teen rounds of 12 team drafts.
To me Finley is the type of guy that you must own as your TE2 this year assuming you have to start a TE and have fairly large rosters. My TE1 is Olsen who I feel comfortable starting every game, but if Finley continues to explode, he will make Olsen very expendable. And don't forget that there are also rumors that Finley could be used in the slot a lot as well which only bumps his potential.
The final thing I will say is this. I've been around the Cafe for a long time and it's very rare that I heavily hype any sleeper as a "must draft" type of player but Finley is quickly approaching that status. The only guys before Finley were Colston (we all know how that one played out for those fortunate enough to grab him his first year) and Gates (who became a stud TE the year he was being hyped in the preseason).
My Playoff Team - Please Comment
MSchaub, DMcNabb, JFreeman, KKolb
SJackson, THightower, CWells, JForsett, JSnelling, CJennings, QGanther
RWayne, RMoss, RMeachem, MCrabtree, DBowe