Cincinnati TE Jermaine Gresham caught all 3 of his targets for 20 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 vs. Pittsburgh before leaving the game with a leg injury. Gresham also missed a significant portion of the game prior to that with back pain.
Fantasy Impact: Gresham's 8 fantasy points (ESPN standard scoring) gave him 69 fantasy points on the 2014 season, good for 19th at the tight end position. Gresham should not be on any draft boards in 2015, especially as Tyler Eifert returns from injury.
TE Jermaine Gresham has scored 4 touchdowns since Week 11, including a huge Week 16. Gresham is actually 5th in fantasy points scored among tight ends since that time.
Fantasy Impact: Coming off his second-best game of the season, Cincinnati TE Jermaine Gresham is poised to put up quality numbers vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 17. If you are one of the unfortunate souls still playing in Week 17, and you own Rob Gronkowski, Jason Witten, or another TE who may see reduced playing time, you could certainly do worse than a tight end who sees 11 targets in a game - especially with a struggling QB who likes short check-downs.
With AJ Green out, Gresham saw a team-high 11 targets and finished with 9-62-1, representing his second-highest fantasy total of the season.
Fantasy Impact: With Andy Dalton in the role of game manager, Gresham was frequently targeted as a check-down receiver. Although Gresham did not excel last time Green was out, it's possible he continues to see targets as Dalton and the Bengals become a defense-first run team.
Gresham was an unexpected addition to Thursday's injury report. His status for Sunday is unclear. (Source: Coley Harvey on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Gresham has been a middling TE2 in standard leagues. In deep PPR and daily fantasy leagues, Gresham has been a reliable source of 8-10 pts with an occasional TD. His Friday status will be a good indication of his availability this week.
Cincinnati TE Jermaine Gresham caught 3 passes for 23 yards and 1 touchdown vs. Pittsburgh in Week 14.
Fantasy Impact: Gresham posted the second-most receiving yards on the team this week, despite a meager total. Even with his third touchdown reception of the year, Gresham remains well off the TE1 radar in most leagues. Like all but the very elite at the position, Gresham is completely touchdown dependent for fantasy relevance.
A week after catching two touchdowns, Gresham caught four passes for 33 yds.
Fantasy Impact: Even with A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard back, Gresham saw six targets. Unfortunately, he has never been very explosive as a receiver so targets do not translate to high production. On the positive side, Gresham is involved in the offense. If you find yourself staring at uninspiring TE options on the waiver wire, remember that Gresham has at least four catches and 30 yards or a touchdown in six of his last seven games.
TE Jermaine Gresham caught two touchdowns on three targets for 13 yards in Week 11 vs. the Saints.
Fantasy Impact: It's hard to fathom, but the Bengals took Gresham ahead of tight ends Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski in the 2010 NFL draft (not to mention wide receivers Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas). Given that Jimmy Graham was on the other sideline and had a very quiet game, the two-score performance had to make the victory even sweeter for Gresham. Despite the solid fantasy numbers in Week 11, Gresham still isn't a TE1 moving forward.
TE Jermaine Gresham only caught 3 of his 6 targets for 29 yards in Week 10, but still led the Bengals in receiving.
Fantasy Impact: Gresham was handed a golden opportunity to produce with TE Tyler Eifert and WRs A.J. Green and Marvin Jones injured, but he has failed to do much of anything with the chance. Eifert is scheduled to return next week, so Gresham is droppable in standard leagues.
Bengals TE Tyler Eifert is scheduled to return in Week 11 from a dislocated elbow, so Jermaine Gresham has one more week as the starter in the Bengals offense. (Source: Cincy Jungle)
Fantasy Impact: Gresham has been a big disappointment during his time as the only tight end this season. Bengals fans and fantasy owners alike are glad to see the return of Eifert in the near future. Gresham probably wasn't rostered in too many leagues anyways, but he is now droppable across the board.
TE Jermaine Gresham caught four balls for 34 yards in Week 8.
Fantasy Impact: Gresham has had a prime opportunity to carve out a bigger role in the offense with TE Tyler Eifert on short-term IR, but he has failed to do anything of significance. Owners looking for a bye week fill-in can do better on the waiver wire than Gresham.
Gresham turned 12 targets into 10 catches for only 48 yds in week 7.
Fantasy Impact: While a great ppr day, Gresham was unable to do much in standard leagues with his game-high number of targets. Despite having every opportunity to emerge this season, Gresham remains a pedestrian tight end. Until injured TE Tyler Eifert returns, he may be worth a bye-week flier, but he is likely not in the Bengals' long-term plans.
Jermaine Gresham caught six passes for 68 yards vs. the Panthers on Sunday.
Fantasy Impact: Gresham's six fantasy points in Week 6 more than doubled his total points on the season (4). His Week 6 yardage also doubled his yardage from the first four games of the season (61). Most impressive is the fact that Gresham was this productive agaibst the Panthers, who are tough againt tight ends. If Green and Jones remain sidelined, Gresham could be a sneaky TE play through the heavy bye weeks.
Jermaine Gresham had two catches on four targets for a total of 15 yards in Week 5.
Fantasy Impact: Gresham has been disappointing since taking over the full-time tight end job after Tyler Eifert's injury, only scoring 4 total points in standard scoring leagues through five weeks. He has only received 13 targets, an average of less than 3 per week, and does not figure to see his usage tick up with the return of Marvin Jones to the lineup. If you've been rostering Gresham in hopes that he could return to his 2011/2012 form, it is likely that there are better options available on your waiver wire.
With Marvin Jones sidelined, Gresham caught two goal-line tds from Andy Dalton at training camp. (Source: Bengals.com)
Fantasy Impact: If you leave out Jimmy Graham, the top ten tight ends in 2013 scored single-digit fantasy points in 11 of 16 games on average. In a position defined by inconsistency, the possibility of increased red-zone targets early in the season for Gresham could put him in the low TE1 or high-upside TE2 conversation in deeper leagues (remember, he posted an 8-64-1 line in the Bengals' single playoff game). With a bargain-basement ADP, take him late and trade him before Jones returns in full.