3 TEs unlikely to repeat their top-12 fantasy seasons

Some big names at the tight end position aren't poised to repeat as top-level TEs in 2016.

| 11 months ago
(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

3 TEs unlikely to repeat their top-12 fantasy seasons

To conclude our series of the probability of fantasy players repeating their top performances, we look at tight ends. So far, we’ve seen about half of the top-20 running backs and wide receivers repeat their performance, while 60 percent of top-12 quarterbacks repeat their performance. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that 52 percent of top-12 tight ends repeat their performance over the past five seasons.

Top-12 Average 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
52% 50% 58% 42% 42% 67%

As to which half of the tight ends won’t repeat their performance in 2016, some are more obvious than others (like Green Bay’s Richard Rodgers). But some are less obvious. Whether it’s due to age or their respective teams looking elsewhere for targets or both, these tight ends could have a hard time repeating a top-12 fantasy season.

Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (2015 positional ranking: Fifth)

After years of playing in the shadow of Vernon Davis in San Francisco, Walker was signed by the Titans before the 2013 season to be their starting tight end. He was always a proficient run-blocker as a 49er, but the Titans cut him loose in the passing game and haven’t looked back. His targets have steadily increased from 86 in 2013 to 106 in 2014 to 133 in 2015. That’s directly correlated to increased production, with 571 yards his first year and topping out at 1,088 yards last year, paired with 94 receptions. There’s no doubt last year was a fantastic season, but it was one that has little chance of being duplicated.

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Michael Moore has written for PFF Fantasy since 2013, focusing primarily on dynasty content. He’s also hosted the PFF Fantasy Slant Podcast since 2014.

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  • viking nation

    My self I can’t see why they say Delanie Walker won’t duplicated They signed Demarco Murray that will only open up the passing game The Titans didn’t have much of a run game last season & they was still able to pass to Walker for over a 1,000 yards. Now with a run game teams will be forced to bring up more guys to stop the run & that will open up their passing game even more then last seasons. This article got to be a joke It’s that or this guy knows nothing about the game.