Since the dawn of time analysts who have never strapped on a helmet or taken a hit have been telling you that tight ends don’t matter in fantasy football. As a former player & proud tight end, I’m tickled to say that this isn’t the case anymore. TEs are important!
Poppycock you say, well dig this. (Continued below…..)
Back when TEs had full bar face masks & blocked all the time you could wait to pick your TE & everything would be okay. In the last few seasons we’ve seen a number of of these new fangled hybrid ends who have been putting up decent WR numbers. Guys like Gronk, Hernandez, Gates, & Graham have laid the groundwork for these new TE that I expect to do huge fantasy damage this year.
Fantasy players are forgetting a few things about these guys:
1. They don’t line up in a 3 point stance on the end of the line that much anymore. They are split out or in a slot looking for a mismatch.
2. They’re huge targets both when a QB is in trouble & in the RED ZONE.
3. TEs have great YAC & score more points per touch than WRs.
If you’re in a flex league where you can play a TE you NEED to be looking to get a decent pass catching end. They’re valued lower by your competitors & can be had for rounds less than a WR who has half the point production. One of my leagues allows a wr/te flex. This is a perfect place to put a late round steal. I often start two WRs & two TEs with winning results.
As I’ve mentioned in every other article, I’m calling this the season of change. I expect to see the top TE tier to gain 2-3 more guys & the next tier to have a majority of ends. The passing game has become about matchups & mismatches. Using a quick RB as a WR, you’re trying to force the wrong guy to cover your guy. Whether it’s a slow LB trying to run with your sprinter RB or a short DB looking to out jump a giant, it’s all about the matchup.
Now that I’ve placed a higher value on the TE it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stream them. I keep 2-3 TEs on my roster at most times. Some teams can cover the tight end better than others. Having an extra back up that you can switch out for an added 5-10 points is a big advantage each week. As a result I now only keep one kicker & one QB. The drop in points is worse for TEs than QBs. A bad day for an end won’t get you negative points where a bad day for a shit QB could be a negative 12 points.
Be bold. Remember when everyone drafted RBs in the first two rounds. That rule has changed with the changes in the NFL. Hybrid TEs are a thing & you need to draft to this new reality.