TE’s position is complicated and frustrating in fantasy. Few players are consistent, and it’s not uncommon to see a tight-end perform over 20 points one week, then bubble a few days later. There are some safe bets, but you will have to want to invest in a Draft choice very early on, and then it is better to wait a bit to try some good moves and play the « matchups » during the season.
Kelce and Andrews coveted.
In 2021, Travis Kelce and Mark Andrews had largely dominated the position, and they are logically the two headliners in the first Drafts of this season. Kelce could even increase his stats even further this year, since he arrives as a clear number 1 for the Chiefs after the departure of Tyreek Hill. Consequently, you will have to do it very early to have him in your squad, from the start of the second round.
Overall, the 5 best options at the TE position are taken before the end of the 5th round. Kyle Pitts, who was very promising during his rookie season, completes the podium, then sure values like Darren Waller and George Kittle follow. The 49ers star can be enticing, but be careful not to over-draft him as there is a recurring risk of injury.
If you want to be patient and prioritize other positions in the first rounds of your Draft, it is possible to wait a bit and still find value at 6 and 7th rounds. Dalton Schultz and Dallas Goedert thus seem to be good choices at this time. The former should have more work in Dallas due to the departure of Amari Cooper, and the latter enjoys a number 1 TE role with the Eagles since the transfer of Zach Ertz last year. Be careful all the same to Goedert because Philly’s aerial game is an unknown. In that same wagon is TJ Hockenson, who is a fairly consistent No. 1 on the Detroit side.
Currently taken around the beginning of the 8th turn, Dawson Knox comes out a little early for my taste. Admittedly, his 9 touchdowns in 2021 attract, but his effectiveness remains limited within the Buffalo aerial attack. At this point in the Drafts, I will rather bet on options like Zach Ertz and Pat Freiermuth, whose volume of play is higher. Even Irv Smith Jr is possible, knowing that the TE of the Vikings is under-drafted and can therefore be a great shot at the end of the Draft.
Our TE ranking
** ADP = average draft position in fantasy leagues
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