Fantasy owners: Target these TEs
There might not be a tougher position to get a read on in fantasy football than tight end. Every year, there is a player who seemingly comes out of nowhere to rocket up the leader board for fantasy points scored. Select him on draft day and you are one step closer to winning your league’s championship.
Easier said than done? Perhaps, but success leaves clues, and like the wide receiver position, volume is key to discovering up-and-coming stalwarts such as these three tight ends:
Coby Fleener, Saints, 13.09 Average Draft Position
Fleener caught 50 passes for 631 yards and three touchdowns last year, his first with New Orleans. Don’t despair — he remains in a target-rich environment that could bear fruit now that he is more familiar with the offense.
One of quarterback Drew Brees’s main targets last season, Brandin Cooks (117 targets), is with the New England Patriots. So Fleener has an opportunity to see an uptick in volume in 2017.
Austin Hooper, Falcons, 14.03 ADP
Hooper, a Stanford alum, rose to No. 1 on Atlanta’s depth chart following Jacob Tamme’s release. In 14 games last season, Hooper caught 19 of 27 targets for 271 yards and three touchdowns. It’s possible Hooper, who got just 5 percent of the team’s targets last season, will inherit all of Tamme’s workload (31 targets), which would include 11 red-zone targets, the fourth most on the team in 2016.
Dwayne Allen, Patriots, 14.05 ADP
When it comes to tight ends, New England’s Rob Gronkowski is at the top of everyone’s list, including quarterback Tom Brady’s. However, the Boston Globe reports that Brady has thrown Allen a “ton of targets in the red zone” during training camp, perhaps signaling improved production ahead.