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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL ISSUES: TIGHT END POSITION AS ROUGH AS EVER

It goes without saying that when it comes to constructing annual fantasy football rosters, the tight end position is the most frustrating spot to deal with given the lack of depth going back years.  While this was known by all in the fantasy football community, the 2018 season has driven this point home like never before as there has been nothing but disaster here when you move past the unbelievable campaigns of Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz; and to a lesser extent Eric Ebron. 

Things certainly got off to a rough start when popular Los Angeles Chargers sleeper Hunter Henry was lost for the season during summer minicamp and when the actual games got underway, the disappointment was everywhere.  For starter's, consensus number 1 Rob Gronkowski looked old overnight as he has been simply brutal this season as all those years of injuries appear to finally have destroyed his game.  Then there were the injuries and letdown numbers of guys like Evan Engram, Jordan Reed, Jimmy Graham, Greg Olsen, and Trey Burton.  Burton, Engram, and Graham in particular were colossal busts considering the hype that surrounded all of them, while Olsen and Reed simply got too old and once again hurt.  Even early nice stories such as David Njoku, Jared Cook, and more recently George Kittle have failed to sustain themselves which means Ertz and Kelce's tremendous production is even more valuable than one may think.  In fact, I am fully on board for those who choose to use a second-round pick on either guy next summer given the crazy advantage they will supply to you at the tight end position.  Yes things have gotten that bad for a tight end avoidance guy like yours truly suggesting such a plan for next season.  So while there will likely be some more sleepers or upstarts to look at next summer (Henry will be back, Kittle and Engram remain attractive), it is looking like Kelce/Ertz and everyone else in terms of high-end players here for your draft.


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