5 Fantasy Tight Ends With Upside in 2020


This might be one of the first years in quite some time where the Tight End position group as a whole could be described as deep. Tight End Rankings are great for seeing value, but it’s not until you really sit down and sort the 2020 TE group into tiers before you realize just how many players can arguably fit into a tier two or tier three. Obviously, having Kelce, Kittle, Ertz, or even Mark Andrews fall to you in a draft is exciting and makes for a very tempting pick, but 2020 is a year where you don’t have to reach to find value at Tight End.

The following are 5 tight Ends that you can draft late that would get the job done throughout the season.

Rob Gronkowski

FantasyPros ADP – TE8

First up is none other than Rob Gronkowski of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It still feels weird just saying that out loud, but he’s hooking back up with Tom Brady and we all know the upside that he brings to your fantasy teams. He’s currently being drafted as the eighth tight end off the board, and the 78th player off the board, making him roughly a mid-sixth round pick.

The tight end position is far different than it was last year for fantasy football. Last year, there were really the big three tight ends in Travis Kelce, George Kittle, and Zach Ertz followed by the rest in all sorts of different rankings and order depending on who you get your fantasy advice from. There really isn’t a ton that needs to be said about Gronkowski. He’s back with Brady and that’s one of the greatest duos of all time. I’ve seen websites with Gronkowski as a top-five ranked tight end for the 2020 season, and that really isn’t too crazy to see happening. If there’s any tight end that brings a ton of upside to your fantasy teams in 2020, it’s Gronk.

Mike Gesicki

FantasyPros ADP – TE15

One of my favorite tight end prospects coming out in recent years, Mike Gesicki is an athletic freak and is a very talented pass-catcher. Gesicki didn’t do much in his rookie campaign, but then again pretty much everyone on the Dolphins didn’t do much in 2018 either. Last year, we saw the Dolphins start to lean on Gesicki a bit more, as he finished the year with 570 yards and five touchdowns. The most promising aspect of his 2019 season was that he saw 89 targets, which was good for second on the team behind DeVante Parker. This was largely thanks to Ryan Fitzpatrick getting signed in the off-season, and he ended up starting in 13 games, playing in 15 of them.

As long as Fitzpatrick is on the field, at least to start the season, it’s safe to assume that he’ll go back to leaning on Parker and Gesicki, with Preston Williams in the mix as well. It’s just a matter of time before we end up seeing Tua Tagovailoa on the field, and as he continues to recover his leg, Fitzpatrick leading the offense is great for Gesicki. A third-year breakout is definitely a possibility for Gesicki in 2020, and as the 15th tight end off the board, he’s someone you can stash at the bottom of your roster as your team’s TE2. Personally, I’ll probably end up punting the tight end position in some redraft leagues this year, and I’ll be totally fine grabbing a couple of late-round guys like Gesicki with their nice upside.

Hayden Hurst

FantasyPros ADP – TE16

The hype around Hayden Hurst has died down a bit over the past few months. His ADP has him as the 16th tight end off the board, while a month or so ago he was the 13th tight end. Austin Hooper blew up last year in Atlanta and as he’s been signed by the Browns, there is a nice role on the offense available. We all know how pass-happy the Falcons offense tends to be, with the duo of Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, there’s definitely a good chance Hurst can step into a very productive role.

Last year, Hooper finished the season as the TE6 overall in PPR and the TE7 in standard scoring. Ironically, this was the exact same position that he finished in 2018, in both formats. However, in 2019 he played in just 13 games opposed to all 16 in 2018. Hooper saw 97 targets last year, caught 75 passes, totaled 787 yards, and six touchdowns. Matt Ryan threw the third-most passes last year with 616 attempts, behind just Jared Goff and Jameis Winston. In 2018 he also finished as with the third-most pass attempts in the NFL with 608. Needless to say, Ryan is going to be throwing the ball a ton in Atlanta, and Hurst is a talented tight end stepping into a potentially very productive role.

Jack Doyle

FantasyPros ADP – TE18

Next up is the seasoned veteran and now pretty much the only tight end to note in Indianapolis, Jack Doyle. Eric Ebron exploded with the Colts for a brief period of time, and now he’s gone and signed with the Steelers. The Colts are desperate for pass-catchers and just signed veteran Philip Rivers, who we all know loves to sling the ball around. TY Hilton has been almost totally written off and simply can’t stay in the field anymore. The next names up are second-year wide receiver Parris Campbell and rookie Michael Pittman Jr. This leaves one of the only experienced pass-catchers on this Colts offense, Doyle.

Since entering the league in 2013, Doyle has played in 15 or 16 games in every season except for one which was in 2018. Last year, he finished with a career-high in YPC, with 10.4, totaling 43 catches on 72 targets, with 448 yards and four touchdowns. Keep in mind, this was with Jacoby Brissett and Ebron saw 52 targets in 11 games. We know that Rivers loves to lean on his tight ends, and with plenty of targets up for grabs on this offense, Doyle is someone that I’d be fairly surprised if he didn’t out-perform his current ADP of TE18. There’s a good chance he might not get drafted in your redraft leagues, and if you’re waiting on grabbing your tight end, grab Doyle with one of these other late-round tight ends for someone with some interesting upside in 2020.

Blake Jarwin

FantasyPros ADP – TE21

This last tight end is someone that could very well end up going undrafted in your redraft leagues, and that’s Blake Jarwin of the Dallas Cowboys. Entering his fourth season in the NFL, Jarwin is someone that I’m looking at very late, or as someone with interesting upside worth keeping an eye on the waiver wire for. Dak Prescott has become a very solid quarterback and just threw a career-high 596 passes in 2019. With a loaded wide receiver group of Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb, it’ll be interesting to see how this group of pass-catchers shakes out.

Simply put, Jarwin is a very cheap way of getting your hands on a piece of this offense. Jarwin saw 41 targets last year, despite being the TE2 on this offense. Veteran tight end and lifelong Cowboy, Jason Witten is finally no longer in Dallas, and the tight end position is up for the taking. Witten quietly saw 83 targets last year, which means throws passes are either being spread out to the wide receivers or potentially Jarwin seeing an increase in targets and overall usage. All eyes will be on the wide receivers in this offense, and Ezekiel Elliott of course, but the tight end position is being a bit overlooked, and Jarwin has a very intriguing opportunity ahead of him to step up.

 

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