Owen Daniels, TE, Ravens
|TE - #33||BAL||Out||9 years||31||6'3||249||@owendaniels|
2014 Outlook: Over the Hill (decreased production)Last updated on Jul-02-2014 by Rob Warner
The 31-year-old joins OC Gary Kubiak in Baltimore after spending his first eight NFL seasons in Houston. Much like Dennis Pitta, Daniels suffered through an injury-plagued 2013 season that limited him to just 24 catches for 252 yards with three touchdowns over five games. Baltimore figures to run many two-TE sets. Daniels' upside is very limited as the team's No. 2 TE. The occasional big game is inevitable. The one week you thought to give him a shot, he will catch two TDs, both of them combining for about 11 yards. More importantly though, Daniels has missed 26 games over his eight-year career, so he's probably best-suited for a more limited role to keep him healthy. Barring another injury to Pitta, Daniels isn't an option in leagues where you only need to start one TE.
A second Baltimore Ravens tight end will miss time in 2014 due to injury. After losing Dennis Pitta for a second straight year to a hip injury, the Ravens have now lost backup Owen Daniels for at least a week after he underwent an arthroscopic procedure to clean his knee out on Friday. Head coach John Harbaugh was optimistic that Daniels may not miss much time at all after the surgery. "After that (the surgery) he has a chance to come back," Harbaugh said. "So, it'll be week to week after that and it won't be many weeks at all. It could actually be next week. That's an optimistic approach, but it could happen."
In Pitta's absence, Daniels has been the Ravens' third-best pass-catcher with 27 receptions, 275 yards and three touchdowns. While he is out, rookie Crockett Gillmore will get the start at tight end. Gilmore was a third-round pick for the Ravens in May's draft.Fantasy Analysis:
This has to be frustrating for offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. No OC has targeted the tight end more in the past three years, and now he's down to his third-stringer. Hopefully, Daniels will indeed miss only one week, two weeks tops. While he's out, QB Joe Flacco will likely lean on WRs Steve Smith and Torrey Smith. However, due to the fact that Kubiak does like using the tight end in the passing game, Gillmore is a deep sleeper and might be a decent value play in daily leagues. The Bengals allow the most fantasy points to tight ends of any team in the league, and at 6-foot-6, Gillmore could be an attractive red-zone target.
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