Five tight ends who could have fantasy breakouts in 2016

Paying the price for Rob Gronkowski in the draft could leaving you lacking elsewhere, so Brandon Marianne Lee has some ideas on who to target instead.

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(AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

(AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

Five tight ends who could have fantasy breakouts in 2016

Heading into 2016, yet again, Rob Gronkowski is the clear No. 1 tight end. In three of his six seasons, Gronkowski has gone over 1,100 receiving yards. In five of his six seasons, he has scored double-digit touchdowns. The only time he didn’t do reach that threshold, he missed nine games.

But if you want him, you’ll have to take him in the first round. And if you do that, you miss out on a top-tier wide receiver or running back. It will cost you.

So why not wait? According to the next tight end, Jordan Reed, doesn’t come off the board until the end of the third round. Then Tyler Eifert goes in the fifth.

Let’s go even lower than that. No one is Gronkowski, but there are value picks to be had. Here are five players that have a low ADP, but have the potential to be a top-10 talent.

Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints (current ADP: 77, No. 7 TE)

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints missed Jimmy Graham last year, though not as much as most might have predicted. From 2011 to 2014, Graham averaged 88.75 receptions, 1,099 yards and 11.5 touchdowns per season. In 2015, Ben Watson was the nominal replacement for Graham and posted 74 catches for 825 yards and six touchdowns. But he left for Baltimore in free agency, so over the offseason, the Saints brought in Coby Fleener, the former Indianapolis Colt, hoping he’ll land somewhere in between Watson’s 2015 and Graham’s earlier heights. If he does, he’s a fantasy gold mine.

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Brandon Marianne Lee is a PFF Fantasy contributor, a SiriusXM host, co-founder of Her Fantasy Football and was a finalist for FSWA's Newcomer of the Year in 2014.

  • Steve Rapin

    I’m high on Ebron and Zach Miller as well. The main thing that scares me about Ebron that as a Lions fan, he has been know to have the “dropsies” and that worries me about having Stafford’s trust, particularly in the red zone. He has the talent for sure though.

    I’m really enjoying your PFF contributions…keep up the great work!!!