The one area where Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew ranks down the list among tight ends is yards per catch. His 9.4-yard average last year ranked 29 among the 30 tight ends who had 30 or more catches.
"Some of them really separate themselves,” Pettigrew said of the NFL’s tight end class. “If you’re going to be a top tight end in this league, that’s what you’ve got to do, is separate yourself."
“As far as catches and stuff, I’m there. Some guys get a lot of YAC (yards after the catch). The yardage separation is there. I’ve got to put myself there and start making that big play.”
Pettigrew saw a ton of targets last year which drove his value as a fantasy TE1, but as Titus Young and Ryan Broyles earn more looks, Pettigrew's targets will likely fall, hurting his upside. He's still a decent TE1 in PPR, but less so in standard formats.