Tight Ends are slim pickings outside the top three this year. Here a a couple guys we like the value of and expect solid seasons from!
Delanie Walker- Tennessee Titans
As the TE 13 and going in the twelfth round Delanie Walker is a guy I am targeting if I don’t get one of the big three guys (Kelce, Kittle, Ertz).
Walker is falling based on two things. First his age, Walker just turned 35 and is on the tail end of his career and we have seen good players fall in production in the final years of the NFL. Second, the injury in week one has some people worried and frankly forgetful of what he has done throughout his career.
In 2017 he received 111 targets and 4 touchdowns and in 2016 very similar as he got 102 targets and 7 touchdowns. The Titans added Adam Humphries this offseason and have a promising young receiver in Corey Davis but I still believe he will get his share of targets and produce in this offense. Let’s be honest, If you waited this long you can’t be upset with the production you get from any tight end so be happy a guy like Walker is falling!
If you can grab him late you should be able to count on him getting consistent numbers and having your running back and wide receivers reap the benefit of you focusing on them early.
Kyle Rudolph- Minnesota Vikings
Kyle Rudolph was unspectacular last season and still managed to finish as the #9 TE in fantasy last season. Coming off a couple of down seasons the Vikings saw enough in him to resign him even after drafting a young TE in Irv Smith.
Rudolph is being taken as the TE 18 in fantasy drafts currently but has not finished outside the top 10 at the TE position since 2015 where he still finished inside the top 15. The Vikings look to have an improved line and Cousins and Rudolph have now had a full season to build a rapport.
The bottom line is the TE position is not a particularly deep one in Fantasy football so getting a guy with a solid floor late in drafts(going 13.10 in fantasy drafts) is a steal.
Jarod Cook- New Orleans Saints
Jarod Cook averaged 10 points per game on a team lead by Derick Carr. He now has the chance to play with Drew Brees and receive much better quality targets.
His target share is likely to go down because there are so many weapons here but the track record Brees has with tight ends over the years makes me confident he can hold steady at his fantasy production from last year. When Drew Brees had a good TE in Jimmy Graham he targeted him on average 137 times per season for 4 seasons!
You can’t expect those numbers but as the 7th TE off the board he is a good value.
Greggory Cline and Trevor Calvert Contributed to this Article.