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TE Eric Ebron - Detroit Lions

6-4, 265Born: 4-10-1993College: North CarolinaDrafted: Round 1, pick 10

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Summary

Ebron was the 10th overall pick of the 2014 draft and enters his fourth NFL season looking to finally put it all together. 2017 will be a pivotal year for his long-term future in Detroit. In May, the Lions exercised the $8.25 million dollar fifth-year option on Ebron's contract, which will keep him in Detroit through the 2018 season. But hopes for a lucrative long-term extension will largely rest upon his performance this year. Ebron just turned 24-years old and hopes to continue to grow as a player. He has improved his production each season, with 25 catches as a rookie, 47 in his second season and 61 in 2016. He has also improved his efficiency each season and posted an impressive 72% catch rate, with 61 receptions on just 85 targets (despite having seven drops). Ebron missed three games last season and spent much of the year playing through various injuries, noting he was "pretty destroyed." Ebron has always struggled as a blocker and has shown little signs of improvement in that aspect of his game. He basically functions as an oversized slot receiver. Due to this fact, the likely departure of Anquan Boldin (also an oversized slot receiver) could open up even more targets for Ebron. Boldin's departure could be especially beneficial for Ebron when it comes to red zone targets (Boldin led the team with eight touchdowns) and Ebron should bounce back in the scoring department. He enters the season as a low-end TE1 but has upside as we don't know if we have seen his ceiling yet. (June 9)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 12, 9, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 12, 12, 13, 14, 15, 15, 17, 19
TE Redraft PPR - 12, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 15, 15, 16, 17
TE Dynasty - 10, 5, 9, 9, 11, 11, 15
Overall Dynasty - 109, 69

Stats and Projections

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2014 DET 13 25 248 1
2015 DET 14 47 537 5
2016 DET 13 61 711 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 14 62 * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 15 67 * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 56 * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 61 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 119
TE: 12
Overall-PPR: 110
TE-PPR: 12

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Latest News

Lions | Eric Ebron expecting big things (Fri Jun 23, 12:09 AM) - Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said he believes the addition of TE Darren Fells will allow him to play to his strengths. 'I think it's going to play a significant role for me to allow me to do the things that I'm best at,' Ebron said.

Our View: Ebron will be the primary receiving threat for the Lions at the tight end position. Fuller is a blocker and won't contribute much as a receiver. In the fourth round of the 2017 NFL draft, the Lions selected another big-bodied tight end in Mike Roberts. In college at Toledo he was a noted touchdown hog, but rookie tight ends usually struggle their first season or two. Ebron should get over 100 targets this year and has the upside to be a top-10 fantasy tight end in 2017. He's going off the board at TE14 (12.08) right now in 12-team PPR leagues.
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2017 Schedule

1vs Arizona Cardinals
2@ New York Giants
3vs Atlanta Falcons
4@ Minnesota Vikings
5vs Carolina Panthers
6@ New Orleans Saints
7--- BYE WEEK ---
8vs Pittsburgh Steelers
9@ Green Bay Packers
10vs Cleveland Browns
11@ Chicago Bears
12vs Minnesota Vikings
13@ Baltimore Ravens
14@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15vs Chicago Bears
16@ Cincinnati Bengals
17vs Green Bay Packers