Draft Zone: 16th Ranked Tight End – Lions Brandon Pettigrew

The Detroit Lions’ Brandon Pettigrew is the 16th ranked tight end in the 2013 fantasy draft standings. With an average draft position (ADP) of 132, he’s likely to be taken some time around the beginning of the 11th round.

That could be great value for the 28-year-old tight end, who plays in one of the elite passing offenses in the NFL. The Lions were second in the league in passing yards per game in 2012, and the addition of dual-threat running back Reggie Bush will help the team in the ground and air attack.

Pettigrew had a difficult year in 2012, as he played through injuries for nearly the entire season. In 14 games, he grabbed 59 catches for 567 yards and three touchdowns. When Pettigrew was healthy in 2011, he hauled in 83 catches for 777 yards and five touchdowns.

While his numbers aren’t eye-popping compared to other tight ends such as Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski or Tony Gonzalez; Pettigrew looks like he’s in position to turn in a solid year. If your strategy is to stack up on running backs, wide receivers and a solid quarterback in the first 10 rounds of the draft, Pettigrew could be an attractive value pick from the 11th round on.

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