10 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 late in 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 5 Votes

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis

James Brimacbome: Eric Ebron is now off the depth chart in Indianapolis, and that boosts Doyle's production in my eyes. Doyle was TE18 in 2019 with a 43/448/4 stat line under Jacoby Brissett and now gets an upgrade to the passing offense with Philip Rivers who has a history of getting the ball to his tight end. Doyle has a great opportunity to sneak into a top 10 tight end role this year as his role on the team has been upgraded along with his quarterback.

Andrew Davenport: Having Jack Doyle is like opening socks on Christmas morning - it may not be very exciting, but they'll keep your feet warm. Doyle flashed at times in 2019 like a guy who could be an every-week starter. But every time he would start to look like a consistent producer he would disappoint, like his four-game stretch to end the year with 7 total catches. But Doyle finds himself in a much better situation in 2020 with Eric Ebron gone and Philip Rivers playing quarterback. So, despite struggling with a sub-60% catch rate and an up and down season, he still drew 72 targets. If his efficiency improves at all with Rivers throwing the ball, and the targets spike - at all - with the quarterback tendencies, his TE15 finish from a year ago could easily jump into the Top 12. He's being forgotten in a lot of drafts and his price as an unexciting option should stay low all summer.

Ryan Hester: Doyle will have to contend with newcomer Trey Burton for targets. But when compared to his situation sharing the position with Eric Ebron over the past two seasons, Doyle’s 2020 outlook is a net positive. He also gets an upgrade at quarterback over last year in the form of Philip Rivers, a veteran with a long history of utilizing tight ends -- even ones who are older and not elite athletes.

Chad Parsons: Doyle has quietly posted two years in the Top 10 over the past three seasons. With Eric Ebron gone and a developing, but questionable for 2020, wide receiver group beyond T.Y. Hilton, Doyle's floor and ceiling combination is a sturdy one. Based on historical comparisons, Doyle has some similarities to Kyle Rudolph with a reasonable chance to crash the top-12 this season with improved quarterback play from Philip Rivers.

Jason Wood: Doyle isn't someone to reach for, but he's someone worth having on your short-list if you wait until the last round or two to draft a tight end. Doyle was dealt a rough hand in recent seasons as he had to share the spotlight with Eric Ebron while also managing through injuries. But this year Ebron is a Pittsburgh Steeler and the Colts' new quarterback is Philip Rivers; who has a long history of leaning on his tight ends.

Players Receiving 4 Votes

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