By Jeff Brubach
Keller is a tight end that is under the public radar heading into the 2013 and could provide significant value to fantasy football teams this season - if selected as a backup tight end. According to myfantasyleague.com, Dustin Keller is being selected as the 25th tight end with the 183rd selection, on average. This average draft position is definitely reflecting the image of Keller with his former team, the offensive juggernaut known as the New York Jets, but not giving proper consideration to Keller’s situation with his new team, the Miami Dolphins.
Dustin Keller signed with the Dolphins in March after a miserable season made up of two cups injury and two cups Mark Sanchez. However, take a quick glance at the 2011 season of Keller and see if that entices your fantasy football senses. In 2011, Keller caught 65 passes for 815 yards and five touchdowns, which would have put Keller right in the middle of TE1 territory if he had those numbers last season. A bit of a leap of faith is required, but couldn’t Keller repeat those 2011 numbers with a new chance in a fresh environment? The Dolphins, and inexperienced quarterback Ryan Tannehill, finished 26th in the NFL in passing yards per game in 2012. However, their passing offense has been significantly upgraded over the offseason with the additions of Keller and receiver Mike Wallace and should be in for a solid uptick in production in 2013. Keller is a nice late-round selection who has solid potential. Fantasy owners who pair Keller up with a mid-round tight end like Brandon Myers or Martellus Bennett and play matchups could see great, and most importantly cheap, production in their “TE” slots this season.