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Thursday, August 9, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL TIGHT ENDS I WILL TARGET

For those who are new to the site, I have always historically made it a point to treat the tight end position in fantasy football the same way I do catcher and that is to look for value in the middle to late rounds.  Last season that brought me to the Philadelphia Eagles' Zach Ertz who I drafted in the middle round range as the fantasy football community became a bit bored by his inconsistency.  Well Ertz came through in a huge way in becoming a safety valve for QB Carson Wentz and so once again I will eschew the top choices (which include Ertz) to look for another value that will take off in 2018. 

Delanie Walker:  Like Zach Ertz last summer, Walker is being treated as a boring fantasy football option at tight end and thus looks like a swell value.  Yes Walker is getting up there in age as he is now 34 but he has caught 94, 65, and 74 balls the last three seasons and should actually see an uptick from the latter number now that the Tennessee Titans overhauled the coaching staff.

Kyle Rudolph:  While Rudolph's overall catch numbers have left a lot to be desired over the years, there is no doubt that he is one of the best TD producers at the position in the game.  Case in point:  Rudolph has caught a total of 23 touchdowns over the last three seasons combined and now gets a boost at QB with Kirk Cousins heading to town.

Jordan Reed:  In the past I have refused to pay the freight on the very talented Reed due to his unending injuries but his fantasy football draft price has dropped so low that now he can be a massive value if he can even eek out just 13 games.  That being said, you can also use your very last pick on Vernon Davis to handcuff to Reed as the former has been very good in his place. 

Trey Burton:  The hype is getting a bit out of hand here which makes this a shaky pick given the price but Burton no doubt has the hands and athletic ability to be a very good breakout candidate this season in the pass catching-friendly offense of new OC Matt Nagy. 

George Kittle:  If the Trey Burton price goes way too high, look to this emerging talent as an alternative.  With QB Jimmy Garoppolo looking like a star, count on him looking toward Kittle as his main safety valve. 

Mike Gesicki:  Historically speaking, rookie tight ends are bad bets in fantasy football but all reports seem to hint that this Penn State rookie will be a major weapon of QB Ryan Tannehill.  Gesicki lit up the combine with massive athleticism and so he could be the rare rookie at the position to bust out. 


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