Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Draft Strategy: Tight End Edition

Written by Brian McLellan
@bpmclellan



We’re examining draft strategies when it comes to the four major positions in fantasy football.  Last week we looked at a new approach to taking quarterbacks.  Today we’ll look at the tight end position and the approach to take when drafting them.
No matter what position you draft at for the 2014 fantasy football season, we’d all like to end up Jimmy Graham as our starting tight end. On any given week he gives you an immediate advantage at the tight end position against your opponent.  Graham is in a tier all by himself.  Then there is the second tier of tight ends that all fantasy owners would be completely content with.  That tier includes Rob Gronkowski, Julius Thomas and Vernon Davis.  When it comes to drafting tight ends this year those will probably go in the first four to five rounds.  I would advocate waiting as long as possible in order to take a tight end this season.  If you’re willing to use your first round pick on Graham, then by all means do it.  However if he doesn’t fall to you, you’d much rather take a couple tight ends with high upside later on in the draft (Kyle Rudolph, Ladarius Green, and if you read my sleeper post you know how much I like Adrien Robinson this year) then using a 3rd or 4th round pick on Gronk, Thomas or Davis.  The health concerns of Gronk are too risky to take him that high.  Thomas has some health concerns as well and missed two games last year.  Davis is currently holding out and could miss time.  So there’s no guarantee with those second tier tight ends.  There’s a lot of upside to be had later on in drafts when taking a tight end.
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