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The tight end position has become the most maddening in all of fantasy football. It’s a position headlined by the king of risk-reward fantasy options, and the top end features more than a few players whose chances of falling flat match their prodigious upside.
There are essentially three roads that can be taken with tight ends. You can spin the wheel with one of those high-risk, high-reward options, hopeful they can stay on the field. If they do, you’ll have a sizable edge at the position.
You can wait a bit longer and select a mid-range weekly starter like Cincinnati’s Tyler Eifert or Delanie Walker of the Tennessee Titans. Walker has a bit lower ceiling, but he’s a durable, high-floor type.
Eifert is Gronkowski-lite: Great if he can can stay healthy, but it’s a big “if.”
Or, fantasy owners can wait even longer and platoon the likes of Hunter Henry of the Los Angeles Chargers and Kyle Rudolph of the Minnesota Vikings. They aren’t going to win any weeks for you, but they’ll also be available later on draft day.
Top Dog: Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots: It was tempting to list Travis Kelce here. Make no mistake—Gronk’s durability (or lack thereof) is a huge risk. But when healthy, he stands head and shoulders above every other fantasy option at the position.
Sleeper Alert: O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: It’s relatively rare for a first-year tight end to make a big fantasy impact. But Howard isn’t your typical tight end prospect either. The former Alabama star is exactly the sort of high-upside late-round pick who can win you your league.
Buyer Beware: Martellus Bennett, Green Bay Packers: There’s been plenty of hullabaloo about “the Black Unicorn” joining Aaron Rodgers in Titletown. But it’s been a good long while since the Green Bay offense had a consistently productive fantasy tight end.
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