This second installment of our league-wide fantasy preview looks at tight ends, defensive players and kickers. Click here to check out our initial fantasy preview.
TE – Tony Gonzalez
Unquestionably the best receiving tight end in the business.
Gonzalez led the Chiefs passing attack last season and finished in the top-20 in receiving, the highest ranked tight end in a pack of receivers.
He came close to cracking 1,000 yards for the second time in his career and tied a career best 12.9 yards per catch. His 14 touchdowns were nice for fantasy gurus in 2004.
TE – Todd Heap – Baltimore Ravens
It's time for Heap to have his coming out party. In two NFL seasons he has had 26 catches for 20 yards or more and averaged over 12 yards per catch.
Often a tight end does well in an offense with a dominant runner. If history repeats itself, Heap should have the numbers.
TE – Jeremy Shockey, New York Giants
When healthy, Shockey is a force. He managed 535 receiving yards in just nine games in 2003. Still a safe bet for your fantasy squad, but it wouldn't hurt – as always – to have good backups at every position.
Matt Stover, Baltimore Ravens
Stover had the second most field goal attempts in the league last season (38) and missed only six. The Ravens have been putting faith in Stover for years.
A 14-year veteran, Stover was perfect inside of 40 yards last season.
Mike Vanderjagt, Indianapolis Colts
Vanderjagt is one of the few no-brainers in Fantasy Football. He was perfect in 2003. Completely perfect. No misses in 37 attempts.
Head coach Bill Parcells is putting more pieces together in his second year. The defense was number one in the league last season and has done nothing but improved this off-season. The signing of Marcellus Wiley strengthens the defensive line. Roy Williams is one of the best safeties in football.
Ray Lewis anchors a defense that will get even better with age. Cornerback Ed Reed had seven picks in 2003 and his counterpart Chris McAlister is no slouch. The secondary is strong enough to allow for a very aggressive 3-4 scheme.
New England Patriots
The blue-collar Patriots were one of the best defenses down the stretch in 2003.
Linebackers like Tedy Bruschi and Mike Vrabel are as versatile as they come. The
Patriots gave up an average of seven points per game in December.