The top three tight ends are pretty much set in stone this year in Fantasy Drafts: Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz. They are quickly followed by veterans Greg Olsen and Jimmy Graham, but what tight ends provide real value this season? For my ADP gems I tried and slightly failed to only look for tight ends being drafted in double digit rounds, but have TE1 upside this season. In my drafts, I normally don’t look to take a tight end until the tenth round or after. Of course, this changes depending on how the individual draft goes and if tight ends are being taken earlier than their current ADPs. I don’t have shares in all of my tight end gem picks this season, mainly because I’ve taken my second tight end before the last two rounds of my drafts, where I’ve seen Austin Hooper and Ben Watson being drafted, if at all. Nonetheless, they all could be productive this upcoming fantasy season.
Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (MFL – ADP 102.64) – We all know about Jordan Reed’s inability to stay on the field. He has never played a complete season and the most games he has ever started is nine. Last season was more of the same — five starts in six games. He has suffered from a variety of injuries, but appears to have fixed the latest foot issues with offseason surgery. He will have a new quarterback throwing him the ball this season in Alex Smith, who also loves to target the tight end. Reed’s on-field production is near the top for the position and he is a quality TE1. He is still only 28 years old and there is no reason to believe he won’t again be one of the top tight ends when on the field. Currently being drafted towards the end of the ninth round in twelve team drafts, Reed could be an absolute steal. Of course, with his injury history, you’ll need a backup plan for the position when Reed is unable to go, but, if he gives you 10+ games, he will have been worth the pick.
Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts (MFL – ADP 172.19) – What receivers on the Colts roster can Andrew Luck count on this year? T.Y. Hilton and … that’s about it! For this reason. the Colts have big plans for Eric Ebron. He is a superior athlete to Jack Doyle, who has been more reliable thus far in their careers and should receive the most targets in a season in his career. With his speed and size, he is a hard cover for linebackers and safeties and could finish the season as the second leading receiver, behind Hilton, for the Colts. I love pairing him with quarterback Andrew Luck. Mot that Matt Stafford isn’t a very good quarterback, but Luck throws a more catchable ball which should help Ebron who has had issues with drops in the past. Ebron is currently being drafted in the fifteenth round in 12 team drafts.
Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals (MFL – ADP 185.14) – Jones is a second-year player who should benefit from the retirement of former Head Coach Bruce Arians. The tight end position under Arians didn’t receive many targets in Arizona. New offensive coordinator Mike McCoy should utilize Jones much more, especially with a suspect line and with the need to protect quarterback Sam Bradford. Also, Bradford targets the tight end on nearly a quarter of his throws over his career. Seals-Jones is currently a sixteenth round steal in fantasy drafts.
Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons (MFL – ADP 187.64) – Hooper has spent the last two off-seasons trying to improve chemistry with quarterback Matt Ryan by practicing with Ryan. In 2017, he got off to a slow start to the season but still gained 526 yards on 49 receptions including 3 TDs. This season he should be better. The Falcons did add a receiver, Calvin Ridley, in the first round of the draft, but this shouldn’t affect Hooper’s production. Currently a sixteenth-round draft pick, Hooper is mostly likely the second tight end drafted for teams, but could put up TE1 production at times during the season.
Ben Watson, New Orleans Saints (MFL – ADP 198.61) – Two seasons ago in New Orleans, Ben Watson had 74 receptions for 825 yards and 6 TDs. Last season, in Baltimore, he was the second leading receiver on the team. He did this in his age 35 and 36 seasons. He is now 37 years old, what will he have left? Apparently, the Saints think he has a lot left, as he is inline to start for the team again after signing a one-year deal this offseason. In Baltimore, he became a mere bye week replacement tight end, but, with Drew Brees throwing him the ball again, he should once again have very respectable numbers. Watson currently has a seventeenth round ADP.
Good luck this fantasy football season!
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