After OTA’s and minicamps wind up, the NFL will go into one last period of hibernation for beach vacations and a deep breath before becoming consumed by the season. Us fantasy football types are no different. Before training camp and the preseason start to make us question what we think we know entering fantasy draft season, it’s good to take a snapshot of our beliefs to refer back to when August hype makes the vert and horizontal hold go wicky-wacky on our TV’s. I’ll be running down my current tiers for redraft leagues (PPR) before the earth starts to move again in late July.
Stop me if you've heard this one before: Tight end is as deep as it has ever been. Ten deep we have players with top 5-7 potential and relatively high floors, including one tight end rarely going in the top 12. After the top 10 there is potential and solid matchup plays galore. You can get loose at tight end and pick your spot based on value or pencil in any number of value picks that catch your fancy. I like the tight end crop so much that I am often taking three in MFL10s because I like their potential to put up flex-worthy weeks as much as or more than the RB/WR on the board in the same late rounds. There are going to be a few wrong answers at tight end this year, but more than enough right answers to accomodate differing approaches.
Rob Gronkowski, NE
For the first year in a long time, I’m not sure that I’m at the lead of the Gronk parade. Taking him with a first round pick seems less wise this year because of growth at the position from top to bottom. He’ll also be joined by the best running mate at tight end that he has had since Aaron Hernandez in Martellus Bennett. Gronkowski is going to help your team win fantasy leagues, but building a winning with much less invested at tight end in your draft is getting easier.