Yesterday was busy for Kellen Winslow. He started the day, according to a report by ESPN.com by going on SiriusXM radio telling the football world that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were moving on and looking to trade him. By the end of the day, the Bucs had signed former Colts tight end Dallas Clark and shipped Winslow to the Seahawks for an undisclosed draft pick.
Regardless of the reasons why Tampa Bay decided to trade Winslow to the Seattle, the move has now created a drastically different tight end situation for the Seahawks. The team already has former pro bowl tight end Zach Miller, however the former raider, who signed a lucrative free agent contract last offseason, has been a disappointment.
The question on the mind of fantasy football owners should be, who is going to be the starter and who will make the biggest impact? Is Seattle going to shift to more of a two tight end type of offense?
It is certainly possible that the Seahawks implement more two tight end sets. After all, Marshawn Lynch is the team’s best offensive player and having two tight ends on the line of scrimmage that can block and catch the ball effectively would be a very dangerous weapon.
Despite the Bucs unhappiness with Winslow, they cannot deny he was productive in his time in Tampa. He averaged 72 receptions, 792 receiving yards and four touchdowns in three seasons. Last year, he caught 75 passes for 763 yards and two touchdowns.
So, there is no question that Winslow has plenty left in the tank to make a significant contribution this year for Seattle, the question is what will his role be?
Miller, who was utilized more as a blocker than as a receiver will likely continue in that role, he will get some targets but last season he only caught 25 passes in 15 games, so Seattle may not be too eager to get him the football.
Winslow, who has only had fewer than 60 catches on two occasions, once in 2004 when he missed 14 games and caught just five passes and again 2008 when he missed six games and hauled in 44 passes, can be counted on to produce and should be targeted more frequently.
So as long as Winslow remains on the field for 16 games, which may be a bit iffy due to his bad knees, he should be a fairly productive tight end for Seattle this season, even with Miller on the roster. The Seahawks do not have an abundance of receiving options, so Winslow should garner his fair share of targets.
Winslow is a solid player, who will be worth selecting sometime in the vicinity of rounds 12-14, as a low-end TE1 or a high-end TE2. He may not be on par with some of the elite tight ends but he is someone you can win with as your starting tight end if the rest of your team is strong.
FantasyPPR.com 2012 Projection: 15 games, 67 catches for 703 yards and three touchdowns.