After watching David drop some knowledge with his running back tiers and quarterback tiers, I figured I'd give the tight end tiers a run for the money. For the record, I'm a late tight end drafting kinda guy. It's rare that you'll see me draft TE in the first 5 rounds unless someone just drops so low that I can't help myself. It can be really hard to choose when you're on the clock, use these tiers to dominate your league or give our draft guide and cheat sheets a whirl this season.
No explanation necessary. But he always comes with a red warning sticker.
Kelce's production could take a dip this season as Mahomes acclimates and comes into his own. Ertz is dealing with some new coaches, what could go wrong? I'll pass on tier 2.
Big Jimmy finds himself playing with a quarterback some consider better than Drew Brees, ton of upside here. However, it might be a Lambeau Leap to think Green Bay just starts feeding the TE position or that Jimmy can stay healthy the entire season. Engram had one of the better seasons for a rookie TE. But his value drops with OBJ back in the fold, or does it open the middle up? Value pick if he drops enough considering his pre-season concussion. Olsen is the safest pick in the group but both Engram and Jimmy have more upside.
Kyle has had deceptively decent numbers for 2 years now. In 2016 he posted almost double his yearly average catches. In 2017 he had nearly double his average touchdowns. Maybe this is why his ADP is 74? Look guys, I think he's a safe TE1 with enough downward resistance I'd be comfortable for the year. Walker has toe issues and will be a pain in the ass to manage all season, I'll pass.
This is a very interesting list of guys that could really go either way. With that said, I'm looking for upside when drafting within this tier of tight ends. Burton, Njoku and Eifert are my picks. But if you take this route you'll want another "safer" TE on your bench out of tier 6. Oh and I almost forgot George Kittle. Maybe I'm overly concerned about his shoulder injury but toe, brain and shoulder injuries can quickly derail an entire season. Reed pretty much falls into this bucket as well.
This is where I'm drafting Mr. Unexciting. Charles Clay and Watson should be good enough in PPR leagues. Howard or Brate should pan out in TD leagues but I'd rather Ricky Seals-Jones. And if you're drafting tight end and find yourself only able to snag guys in this tier I recommend you draft 2 of the guys I mentioned above.