Each fantasy football season the landscape of the skill positions change. One year offers more depth, while another turns into a studs and duds feel to the available player pool. Dissecting key drop off points in the positional average draft position (ADP) is critical to maximizing draft day value. Here are the key pivot points for 2019 at tight end:
Travis kelce: the new Gronk
While the common moniker at the tight end position is the 'big 3' with Zach Ertz and George Kittle added to Kelce in the top tier, Kelce is the lone option to dabble in Round 1 of drafts and is gone by the mid-second round in nearly every league. The opportunity cost with Kelce is passing on a core RB1 or WR1 level option for the first tight end off the board. Ertz in Round 2-3 is more affordable but still in the Joe Mixon-Mike Evans zone of drafts. Kittle in the Round 3-4 zone falls within the decision-making window of Kerryon Johnson, Amari Cooper, and Brandin Cooks of the target players at running back and wide receiver in this positional article series.
the shoot the needle tier
There is bound to be a party crasher to the top-3 tight ends from 2018 in Kelce, Ertz, and Kittle. However, if paying a premium and they level off as a mid-or-low TE1, they would be a neutral or draft disappointment return on investment. The prime candidates are: