Fantasy Football: Tight End Strategy


This is an interesting year for fantasy Tight Ends.  Not only are there several candidates for the top TE to be drafted, but the depth at the position is unrivaled.  The number of prospects out there is enough to make me change my TE drafting strategy.  I think the fantasy monsters, Gates and Witten, are worth drafting very high.  But if I miss on getting one of those guys I feel like there is more value in waiting until near the end of the draft to grab one of the up and coming TE’s.  This means letting everyone else spend their mid-round picks on some good players like Dallas Clark, Vernon Davis and Jermichael Finley,  But instead of grabbing one of these guys I load up on RB and WR talent and grab one of these guys late:

Bradon Pettigrew (DET): Caught 70 balls last year and will only go up with Stafford back.

Rob Gronkowski (NE): A redzone threat for NE and sure to be incorporated more in the offense in his second year.

Jimmy Graham (NO):  The “sleeper” everyone knows about.  But I like him because he could be the best redzone threat on the team.

Aaron Hernandez (NE):  Being overlooked because he is the second TE on his team but in reality he is NE’s deep threat and I would gamble on him overtaking Gronkowski this year.

Lance Kendricks (STL): Not being drafted in most leagues but could become one of Bradford’s favorite targets.

What do you think of this strategy?


  1. I had my fantasy draft last night, so of course I gave a call over to my Last Word On Sports collegue here, and asked him if he had any tips.He let me in on this little drafting strategy (as well as a few others), and it saved my draft. Gates was jumped on early in the third round, so I sat back and waited. I was able to load up on WR’s like; Greg Jennings, Wes Welker, and Marques Colston, and was still able to have my pick of the above guys in the later rounds.


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