Packers TE Finley a breakout candidate in 2010

If you’re looking for a breakout tight end for your 2010 fantasy team, let me introduce you to Jermichael Finley.

The third-year player out of Texas showed flashes of potential in 2009, posting career bests across the board while becoming a reliable option in the passing game for Aaron Rodgers. Despite making just 10 starts in 13 games, Finley recorded an impressive 55 receptions for 676 yards and scored five touchdowns.

Based on that success, coach Mike McCarthy has already named Finley his starting tight end for 2010.

“Yes, he (Finley) is (the starter),” McCarthy told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel during the NFL Scouting Combine. “He played very well. What’s exciting about him, he gets better every week.”

Like McCarthy, fantasy owners should be excited about Finley’s potential.

Not only is he athletic, but Finley is a playmaker in a pass-laden, explosive offense.

He’s also developed a tremendous rapport with Rodgers. That rapport was on full display during the playoffs, where Finley recorded an amazing six receptions for 159 yards in a 51-45 overtime loss to the Cardinals.

While it’s hard to put him ahead of reliable stars like Antonio Gates, Jason Witten and Tony Gonzalez, Finley has the potential to post numbers on the level of a top-five fantasy tight end.

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