2017 Fantasy Football TE Rankings Analysis – June
It certainly has been a busy week here at ResearchFantasy as we have been updating a lot of our fantasy football content. That will continue over the next few months until we get that glorious day when the ball is kicked off. Yeah, I probably could have used better wording there, but whatever.
Check out our Positional Rankings. We still have to add a few positions, but we’ll get there by the start of the week! In addition, check out our analysis behind why some players were ranked where they are:
Today, we will break down the tight end position. Tomorrow will be kickers and defenses.
Where can you even start with tight ends? Oh, yeah. Rob Gronkowski. There is no question as to whether or not he is the top dog. He just is. Sure, he’ll probably miss a game or two, but as long as it isn’t in your playoffs, you’ll be happy. If memory serves me correctly, he was being drafted in the top 10 last year [which was nuts], but where he is currently getting drafted, I don’t have any issues at all. Travis Kelce, Jordan Reed and Greg Olsen are the chalk options right behind him. Basically, I see all of those guys having similar ceilings. Reed has injury concerns, but is one of the most productive at the position when he is playing. I am overly bullish on Hunter Henry this year. I’m noticing even this early in the draft season that he is starting to go off the board earlier and earlier. I am doing my best to get him when I can in mocks, and don’t mind going Gronk in the 2nd and Henry in the 8th, as I think Henry could at the very least be used as trade bait later in the year.
Jimmy Graham was slept on in a major way coming off his surgery in the offseason last year, but there is no way you can do that this year. He shapes up to be a vital part of this Seattle offense. Tyler Eifert, should he manage to stay healthy, is a major red zone threat and one of Andy Dalton’s favorite targets. Kyle Rudolph worked very well with Sam Bradford last year, and I see no reason why he wouldn’t be able to do the same this year. Martellus Bennett going to Green Bay could end up being a steal where he is being drafted. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a tight end have success in Green Bay, but please take into consideration who they’ve had there in the past few years. Zach Ertz had a very nice year last year, but this team has a lot better weaponry this year, so I’m considering moving him down a bit.
Can Delanie Walker keep his pace up? My gut reaction at this point is that we will see some regression in his numbers this year as Father Time adds another year to his career. This is really the area where things start to get fishy, and which is why I like trying to grab Hunter Henry with Gronk, because I do feel like as playoff time comes, players will want to move for a quality tight end, and having two is a big help. It’s tough to see how C.J. Fiedorowicz will do under a new QB, but I think he’ll be fine. I’m liking O.J. Howard slightly more than Cameron Brate, but I think you can do better than both of them. If we are talking overdrafted/underdrafted, I believe that Jack Doyle will be one of the more overdrafted and Julius Thomas will be one of the more underdrafted. It wouldn’t shock me to see Doyle disappoint and Thomas actually do well.
I’m interested to see what we get out of David Njoku this year. He doesn’t have anyone behind him, and was a freak at Miami last year. If he can be more consistent with catching the ball, he could be a stud for years to come. Evan Engram is a guy that I am also very interested in this year. He isn’t being drafted in 12 team leagues, but it wouldn’t shock me at all if he flirted with top 15 TE value if he gets into the groove in camp and in the preseason. Erik Swoope could challenge Jack Doyle more than people think this year. Austin Seferian Jenkins is a freak athlete that hasn’t lived up to his pedigree, but now assuming he is fully sober, could be in for his biggest year yet. Sadly, that isn’t saying much, but don’t be shocked if he isn’t someone you pick off the free agent pile this year, even for a few weeks.
That will wrap things up. As always, don’t hesitate to leave any comments below!