31-Year-Old Tight End – Free Agent
2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
There was no outlook written for Dustin Keller in 2016. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Dustin Keller Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, $4.25 million contract with the Dolphins in March 2013.
Keller is visiting the Patriots, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
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Dustin Keller: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Dustin Keller.
Hamstring and ankle injuries limited Keller to eight games last season with the Jets. But all was not lost. He improved his catch rate by more than 20 points to 78 percent, and his yards per target increased to 8.8. This season, he heads to Miami to take over the starting tight-end job for the Dolphins. Keller plays more like big wide receiver as he has good speed and excellent body control in the air. His skill set should fit nicely in coach Joe Philbin's offensive system, and Ryan Tannehill is an upgrade over Mark Sanchez. Moreover, having Mike Wallace stretch the field on the outside should open space for Keller to work down the seam. Anthony Fasano, now with the Chiefs, saw 68 targets in a similar role last season for the Dolphins, but Keller could surpass that given his pedigree and Tannehill's expected development in Year 2.
In his fourth year in the league, Keller turned in a career season, leading the Jets with 65 receptions for 815 yards and five touchdowns. He benefited from a lackluster wideout corps, garnering a team-high 115 targets. Kellerís rapport with quarterback Mark Sanchez, though, continues to be a work in progress as Keller caught just 56.5 percent of his targets, 28th among qualified tight ends. That led to inconsistency as he posted five games of less than 40 yards receiving. Whatís more, his 20 red-zone targets and nine targets inside the 10-yard line (third among tight ends) suggest he should have found the end zone more often. His goal-line numbers might not improve this season, depending on how the Jets use Tim Tebow. The addition of rookie wideout Stephen Hill, though, could help open up the middle of the field for Keller to operate. Although heís small for a tight end at 6-2, his size also allows him to get down field with good speed (12 receptions of 20-plus yards last year).
At 6-2, 250, Keller shows excellent speed to get open downfield and uses his quickness to make himself an easy target. After the catch he shows good ability to break tackles and get extra yardage after contact. Those skills led to 11 catches of 20-plus yards last season, tied for fourth most at the position. One area in need of improvement, however, is his hands. Keller dropped seven passes last season, none more important than an end-zone drop Week 16 in Chicago. Quarterback Mark Sanchez also became more comfortable with his wide receivers as the year went on, and Kellerís role shrank. In the first five games, Keller was targeted nine times in the red zone, including seven times inside the 10, and scored five touchdowns. He never made it into the end zone again, receiving red-zone targets in just three of the final 11 games. As Keller showed early last year, he has plenty upside, but heíll need to remain a significant part of the teamís attack. With Santonio Holmes' return, plus the additions of Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason, Keller's role is a little cloudy, but he's still an important piece of the puzzle.
Kellerís outstanding postseason performance in which he scored in all three Jets games might make him a bit overvalued heading into the 2010 season. The Jets remain a run-first team and have a number of receiving options after acquiring Braylon Edwards last year and Santonio Holmes (who will serve a four-game suspension) during the offseason.
While the development of Mark Sanchez is the likely culprit, itís worth noting that Kellerís yards per target dropped in his sophomore season from 6.9 to 6.4 yards, neither of which is a decent number. And for the second year in a row his production tailed off late in the season when he caught just nine passes in the final five weeks. Also, while Keller was targeted 11 times in the red zone, he scored only twice. Sanchezís continued development will help Keller, but probably not enough to make him a weekly fantasy starter unless the team gives him more looks from in close.
Kellerís another tight end who fits the ďbetter receiver than blockerĒ mold, which is perfect for fantasy purposes. His production predictably tailed off in tandem with the Jetsí demise as he only had 76 total receiving yards over the last four games and didnít find the end zone after Week 10. Morever, Keller will be playing with an inexperienced quarterback at the helm Ė either Mark Sanchez or Kellen Clemens Ė limiting some of his upside in 2009. Itís worth noting that young quarterbacks often use the tight end as a security blanket, so an increase in catches and yards would not be a surprise.
He's a tight end for our purposes but an H-back in reality, which is a cute way to say that Keller is more receiver than blocker at this point in the game. The Jets have too many options at tight end for anyone to go of in 2008, but Keller should become a nice Dallas Clark clone in a couple of years. Clip and save.