The Fantasy TE Dilemma

One of the bigger Fantasy Dilemmas is when to draft a TE.  The 3 elite TE’s produce more than the others (Travis Kelce, George Kittle and Darren Waller).  But each of these carries with it a high Average draft position (ADP), meaning you will need to spend a precious first, second or third round pick on that player.

Travis Kelce      TE1   ADP 9 (late first round)

George Kittle    TE2   ADP 25 (third round)

Darren Waller   TE3   ADP 29 (third round)

To draft these players here you will need to pass on many quality players at more valuable positions like:

QB:  Pat Mahomes, Kyler Murray

RB:  Aaron Jones, Clyde Edwards-Hellaire, JK Dobbins, Deandre Swift, David Montgomery, Chris Carson

WR:  Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill, Keenan Allen, Terry Mclaurin, Allen Robinson

I believe your team will be much stronger using that high value pick on one of the above players and drafting your TE from the second tier in rounds 6 to 10.

Players like:

Mark Andrews-BAL   ADP 55 (fifth round)

TJ Hockenson-DET    ADP 62 (sixth round)

Dallas Goedert-PHI ADP 92 (eighth round)

These TE’s Will produce but slightly lower than the top tier, but you will have someone like Davante Adams instead of Brandon Aiyuk at WR.  Not that Aiyuk is bad, he is not bad at all, but I like my chances with Adams and Hockenson (27/week) better than Kelce and Aiyuk (26/week).  Or possibly Aaron Jones and Andrews (28/week) instead of Kelce and Mike Davis. (26/week) all based on projections and PPR scoring.

Note:    I did not include Rookie TE Kyle Pitts in the second tier as no rookie TE has produced in fantasy since Rob Gronkowski so I am not counting on a big rookie year from him.