Each NFL team is its own fantasy football organism. Will they thrive or die in 2018? This series outlines the critical questions for each team across their skill position depth charts. In this edition: AFC North
Where is the tight end value in the AFC North?
Only David Njoku has a top-16 positional ADP among the tight ends in the AFC North. How should fantasy owners leverage the cumulative low investment in this division at tight end?
Verdict: David Njoku has the pedigree, but will have an uphill battle for targets in Cleveland between a strong wide receiver and running back corps, plus likely low volume as a collective offense. Tyler Eifert is solidly in TE2 range of ADP, but considering he is already (still) having health issues, fantasy owners need to steer clear of the one-hit-wonder in drafts. Instead, the value lies with low-cost Tyler Kroft and Vance McDonald in the division. McDonald is the current version of what Pittsburgh hoped Ladarius Green would provide in a previous edition - a seam-stretching athlete who can exploit the consistent single coverage as an ancillary option in Pittsburgh's dynamic passing game. McDonald has a positional ADP well outside the top-20. Kroft is a hedge against the health of Tyler Eifert. Kroft has average around 9 PPR PPG with Eifert out of the lineup in recent years and averaging close to half a touchdown per contest. Kroft is outside the top-30 tight ends in ADP and is a matchup TE2, at worst, any week Eifert is out.
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