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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL STATUS REPORT: EVAN ENGRAM ALREADY PROVING TO BE TOP TIGHT END IN 2017 CLASS

Leading up to and during the 2017 NFL Draft, it was widely considered that Alabama tight end O.J. Howard was the top player at his position and even a top ten prospect overall as pundits talked up his insane athletic gifts and developing receiving ability.   Once Howard went off the board early, these same pundits were in agreement that Miami's David Njoku was the next tight end that should hear his name called.  Third would be Ole Miss' Evan Engram and this was the order that was seen virtually everywhere in the draft guru world.  As it turned out, however, the New York Giants had their own order and they went with Engram over Njoku during the first round this past May which caused some to question the selection.  The Giants instead talked up how Engram was a wide receiver in a tight end's body and how he would become an instant nightmare for opposing defenses.  

Fast forward to present day and the Giants have in Engram by far the most productive rookie tight end in the game and his numbers dwarf those of both Howard and Njoku from the receiving standpoint.  Engram has been every bit the nightmare for opposing defenses as his bit speed and frame have made him an impossible cover and he goes into Sunday's game with 34 receptions for 412 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Count on the targets to continue being of the very high variety due to the fact the Giants have nobody left to catch the football after losing Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall to season-ending injuries and so Engram and wideout Sterling Shepard are going to get 80 percent of the Eli Manning throws the rest of the way.  Engram certainly seems up to the task and he is already giving off the vibe of a tight end who could snare 90 passes real soon.  This is one stock that is moving up sharply and in 2018 fantasy football drafts, Engram should be in the Greg Olsen-Travis Kelce conversation as the next tight end off the board once Rob Gronkowski gets tabbed.  


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