Draft Zone: 3rd Ranked Tight End – Cowboys Jason Witten

The Dallas Cowboys’ Jason Witten is the third-ranked tight end in this year’s fantasy draft standings. With an average draft position (ADP) of 53, that makes Witten a fifth-round pick in 12-team formats.

Witten has been the picture of consistency for most of his career — especially during his last six seasons. He always seems to have around 1,000 receiving yards and somewhere between 80 and 100 catches. Fantasy owners probably wish he scored more touchdowns — he’s never had more than nine in a single season — but his catch totals make him an elite tight end in PPR leagues.

The 11-year pro turned 31 years old in May, but showed no signs of slowing down last season. Witten set a career high with 110 catches. That led him to the second-most yards he’s ever gained in a season — 1,039. However, Witten only managed to get into the end zone just three times in 2012.

Owning Witten in a non-PPR league is probably a little frustrating, as he racks up plenty of yards, but his touchdown totals have never been elite. But if you’re getting points per catch, quarterback Tony Romo’s favorite target (and good friend) is going to score you a ton of points.

Look for Witten to be a very good value pick in the fifth round, as Tony Romo will be looking his way time and again through out the season.

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