The tight end position has become valuable in fantasy land, and the emergence of players like Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham proves it. But throughout the history of the NFL, the position hasn't made a huge statistical impact in the Super Bowl. In fact, just one tight end has ever posted 100-plus yards in the big game. What's more, there's never been a tight end to win the Super Bowl MVP award. In the fourth and final part of our series that combines Super Bowl success and fantasy football, we'll look at the top 10 tight end performances in the NFL's championship game.
1. Dan Ross, Cincinnati Bengals (Super Bowl XVI):
Ross, the lone tight end to post double-digit receptions and 100-plus yards in a Super Bowl, hauled in 11 balls for 104 yards and scored twice in a 26-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He found the end zone on passes of 4 and 3 yards, and finished with 22.4 points. Had fantasy football been popular in his time, Ross would have been a top option.
2. John Mackey, Baltimore Colts (Super Bowl V):
One of the greatest tight ends of all time, Mackey posted 80 yards and scored a touchdown in a 16-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Most of his success came on one play, as Mackey scored on 75-yard connection with Johnny Unitas. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992, Mackey recorded a total of 14 points in a game that is known as the "Blooper Bowl."
3. Jay Novacek, Dallas Cowboys (Super Bowl XXVII):
One of Troy Aikman's favorite targets, Novacek led the Cowboys with seven receptions, posted 72 yards and a scored a touchdown in a 52-17 win over the Buffalo Bills. Novacek, who scored on a 23-yard pass from Aikman, finished the contest with 13.3 fantasy points. He ended his NFL career with 422 catches, 4,630 yards and 30 touchdown receptions.
4. Dave Casper, Oakland Raiders (Super Bowl XI):
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002, Casper was one of the best tight ends of his generation. He put up a nice stat line against the Minnesota Vikings, posting four catches for 70 yards with one touchdown in a 32-14 victory. Casper, who recorded 13 fantasy points in the contest, found the end zone on a 1-yard pass from Ken Stabler in the first quarter.
T-5. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots (Super Bowl XLVI):
In a game that didn't have many huge performances, it was Hernandez who led the Patriots with eight catches, 67 yards and one touchdown in a 21-17 loss to the New York Giants. Hernandez, who was more prominent in the offense due to Rob Gronkowski's ankle ailment, scored on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady and posted 12.7 fantasy points.
T-5. Ben Coates, New England Patriots (Super Bowl XXXI):
Coates was one of the better tight ends in fantasy football during his time with the Patriots, and his performance in Super Bowl XXXI was one of the best ever at his position. He recorded a game-high six receptions for 67 yards and found the end zone once on a 4-yard pass from Drew Bledsoe. Coates finished with 12.7 fantasy points.
7. Marc Bavaro, New York Giants (Super Bowl XXI):
In a game that was best remembered for the amazing performance of Phil Simms, Bavaro tied for a team high with four catches, posted 51 yards, scored one touchdown and 11.1 fantasy points in a 39-20 win over the Denver Broncos. A fantasy stud in the first four years of his career, Bavaro would play nine seasons between the Giants, Browns and Eagles.
8. Jay Novacek, Dallas Cowboys (Super Bowl XXX):
The lone tight end to have multiple top-10 fantasy performances in the NFL's ultimate contest, Novacek tied Michael Irvin with a team-high five catches, compiled 50 yards and scored one touchdown in a 27-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Novacek, who scored on a 3-yard pass from Aikman, would finish with a total of 11 fantasy points.
T-9. Larry Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers (Super Bowl IX):
Brown posted a team-high 49 yards and scored one touchdown for 10.9 fantasy points in a 16-6 win over the Minnesota Vikings. His score came in the fourth quarter on a 30-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw. Amazingly, that was the longest play from scrimmage in the contest. Brown finished his pro career with just 636 yards and five touchdowns.
T-9. Stu Voigt, Minnesota Vikings (Super Bowl XI):
An 11-year veteran as a member of the Vikings, Voigt's overall numbers were rarely eye popping. He did post a nice stat (compared to most tight ends in a Super Bowl) against the Raiders, catching four passes for 49 yards with one touchdown in a 32-14 loss. Voigt found the end zone on a 13-yard connection with Bob Lee in the fourth quarter.