Tight End Tiers, Targets, and Players to Avoid

A look at tight end tiers for early drafts with strategy on who to target and avoid.

Another year, another round of fantasy football tight end drafting with a choice between spending an early pick on one of the few sure things at the position or trying to create an unfair advantage by finding a breakout tight end among a group of players who show promise but never seem to follow through with only one or two exceptions a year.

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Strategy: The top of tight end rankings don’t look different than they did last year, nor does the cost of the elite options in drafts. Both will likely require second-round picks, although they offer a big advantage at a thin position, unlike the second round running back/wide receiver options. Taking one of the first tight ends off of the board in the second round is viable, if not optimal, especially in tight end premium leagues.

Target at ADP: Kelce, Kittle

Kelce is in the best offense and he is due for some positive touchdown regression. He should be the No. 1 tight end taken in almost every draft and could flirt with a career year if Mahomes plays 16 games.

Kittle only missed two games with a rough leg injury and wasn’t 100% upon his return. He should be expected to bounce back to 2018 numbers. He’ll be the consensus No. 2 and the gap between him and Travis Kelce is small.

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