Get rid of the mindset that TE is a throwaway position. It is not. You don’t have to be great. The gist of this article is to be decent on the cheap. The three guys I’m going to mention are not obvious top twelve starters. Hell, by some sources they are dregs. I beg to differ.
GEORGE KITTLE, NINERS (2nd year)
Drafted in the 5th round (IOWA) and the fact that he’ll be turning 25 years old soon doesn’t inspire a lot of faith but his play last year (43-515-2) did. Add to that the following questions: Can McKinnon catch 70 balls? Is Pierre Garcon washed up? Can Marquise Goodwin blossom into a #1 threat? Doubtful, quite possibly and there’s a good chance.
Add all that together and I’m envisioning a solid target that G.O.A.T West will pepper with short passes and some red zone targets. If Montana did it with Brent Jones why can’t this happen? Just picking up where they left off. Expect 50-60 catches for 550-650 yards and 5 scores. For a last pick of the draft/ insurance policy for anyone not named Ertz/Gronk or Kelce…should you believe in the connection with Jimmy G? HELL YES.
JARED COOK, RAIDERS (10th year)
Serviceable player whose numbers never lived up to expectations. Last year was his third stop on the circuit (Titans, Rams before that) and , at least, receptions-wise his best year (54). Some of the catches this guy makes are mind boggling (google him!). At 34 years old it’d be stupid to be thinking breakout but on the Gruden Grinders he could easily be a borderline starting fantasy TE. The reasoning ties into the number one priority for the Silver and Black- getting Derek Carr’s head out of his ass after last year’s crappy season.
The first step in doing that will be a return to healthy status and the off-season addition of two of the top game breaking threats in the fairly recent past- Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant. Add Cook to the mix and this offense could be above average especially if Marshawn Lynch and/or Doug Martin are halfway decent. If you believe in having a backup tight end- a solid choice.
AUSTIN SEFERIAN-JENKINS (5th year)
Definite bust based on the following: 2nd round pick has caught only 105 balls in four seasons, played in 38 games and was discarded to the Jets last year. Caught a respectable amount of balls (50) in 2017, but for a lowly amount of yards (397) and a meager two TDs. So why am I wasting the ink?
Because of the old adage being in the right place at the right time now that he’s on the Jaguars! Not ideal is the fact that Blake Bortles is at the helm. Let’s face it, his best was years ago when the Jags were a joke and he filled the sky and led the universe in GTP (Garbage Time Production). Fast forward to modern times and it’s Fournette right, Fournette left and Fournette up the gut for the most part. Add in the fact that the wideout corp was mediocre even before the Marquise Lee (out for season) loss.
That brings us to the solution : finally get ASJ the rock! Surely injuries and misbehavior have been the norm, but this is the kind of limb that fantasy owners need to consider. A prime example of a fantasy team in need of this 6’5″, 262 lbs. specimen is the one that took Jordan Reed or flipped a coin on the Indy duo (Ebron or Doyle).
Major League Fantasy Baseball Radio Show: Join host Brian Roach, Jr, and Cole Freel live on Sunday August 26th, 2018 from 8-9:30pm EST for episode #134 of Major League Fantasy Baseball Radio. We are a live broadcast that will take callers at 323-870-4395. Press 1 to speak with the host. This will be our final fantasy baseball show of the 2018 season. Come join us to give our final thoughts on the season as well as the fantasy playoffs and roto league stretch runs.
Major League Fantasy Football Radio Show: Join host Corey D Roberts live August 16th, 2018 from 8-9:30pm EST for episode #89 of Major League Fantasy Football Radio. Call in number is 323-870-4395 press 1 to speak with the host. This week we will take a close look at some possible ADP steals in our drafts this season.
My guest this week is Andy Macuga. He is the former Head Football and Baseball Coach for Borrego Springs H.S. out in the San Diego area. Andy is also a 6 year veteran of Major League Fantasy Sports leagues and a frequent radio guest.