14 Deep Sleepers at Tight End

The Footballguys staff digs deep for sleepers at  tight end

A fantasy draft is all about obtaining the most value with each selection. There is value available throughout a draft, and grabbing it is one of the most important keys to a successful fantasy team. This article specifically targets deep sleeper value (players that can be found very lain a fantasy draft). In an attempt to point out this value, we asked our staff to look deeper than the Top 150 and identify players that should significantly outperform their late draft position. These players should be your targets after the 12th round of your draft.

Player Receiving 8 Votes

Mark Andrews, Baltimore

James Brimacombe: Finding a rookie tight end that produces is rare and that is what Andrews was in 2018. He finished the year as TE16 with a 34/552/3 stat line and showed promise that he can actually produce even more. Right now he looks to be the top receiving target in the Ravens offense so a jump in production is more than likely.

Will Grant: A guy who isn’t on many people's fantasy radar right now is Mark Andrews – yet he should be a part of any fantasy team considering a tight end by committee or if you just waited too long and didn’t land someone before 90% of the other teams in your league. The Ravens will be a run-first team this season, with Lamar Jackson causing defenses to have to cheat up and rush from the corners to contain him. That’s going to leave Andrews open in the flat, and a mobile quarterback with an open tight end is a great combo to have. Andrews will be an excellent safety net for Jackson and I think he’s a steal at his current ADP.

Ryan Hester: Sure, Baltimore will run early and often, but Andrews is still the best pass-catching tight end on a team projected to start either two rookie wide receivers or one rookie and Willie Snead IV. Aside from the opportunity angle, Andrews is a great athlete who created mismatches all over the field in college and made some big plays (even with Lamar Jackson at quarterback) last season for Baltimore. He’s worth a late-round add.

Dan Hindery: The two most common paths to becoming a fantasy TE1 are being one of the top few targets in an elite passing offense or the #1 target in a less high-powered passing offense. Andrews has the potential to fall into the latter category. His total of 552 receiving yards as a rookie is the second-highest amongst the returning Ravens players (behind only Willie Snead IV). If he takes a step forward, as most second-year tight ends do, he could easily emerge as the top target in the Ravens passing offense. The Ravens lack of proven talent at wide receiver gives Andrews the opportunity to earn a big target share in 2019, which could make him this year’s Jared Cook or George Kittle.

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