Overrated Fantasy Tight Ends
In today’s pass-happy NFL, tight ends are used much differently than they used to be, even as recently as four to five seasons ago. Instead of huge, cumbersome blockers being utilized essentially as sixth offensive lineman, many of the current tight ends are fleet-footed, extraordinary athletes who excel as downfield pass catchers.
Although those blocking specialists can still find work in the league, it’s those pass-catching athletes that the fantasy football community cares about. And just like there are two different groups of tight ends, there seems to be two contrasting opinions on just how to approach the position in fantasy football drafts.
Many people prefer to grab an elite tight end, like Rob Gronkowski, early to give themselves a huge edge at perhaps the thinnest fantasy position. While others like to just hold off until the late rounds altogether, preferring instead to attack more important positions, like running back or wide receivers.
Whatever strategy you choose to employ, recognizing upside and value are key tactics to a successful draft, along with avoiding potentially overvalued players.