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Undrafted Fantasy Tight Ends that Could Be Good Enough to Win You Your league (PPR)

Fantasy Tight Ends

By Sam Marsdale – Big Blue United 9.5.17

The first several rounds of your fantasy football draft should be about stacking up on running backs and wide receivers, unless you get one of the top tight ends. Heck, even with one of the top five tight ends, you’re taking a huge injury risk. According to the latest Fantasy Football Rankings, the top five tight ends for this year are Rob Gronkowski, Jordan Reed, Travis Kelce, Greg Olsen, and Tyler Eifert. Every one of those players besides Kelce and Olsen have significant injury concern.

Forget the top guys, and forget the tight ends you can snag in rounds 7-9, like Jimmy Graham, Kyle Rudolph, Zach Ertz, Hunter Henry, and Delanie Walker (ranked 6-10). If you have one of these guys? Awesome! However, the top guys are very injury prone and the ones after them battle receivers and running backs on their team for receptions. Here are guys who you may have taken in the later rounds as a backup tight end, or guys who may have even went undrafted, that could be good enough to give you some extra cash flow come late December.

Antonio Gates (17th)

His teammate, Hunter Henry, who had 36 catches and eight touchdowns last year, is ranked ninth on this list. However, there is a case that Gates, who had 53 catches and seven touchdowns, could have a better season than his teammate who is almost ten spots ahead of him. Yes, Gates is 37, but he was more productive than Henry last year, totaling 70 more yards than him, on top of 17 more catches and only one less touchdown. There’s no reason to think Gates will hit a wall this year.

Austin Hooper (20)

Hooper only had 19 catches and three touchdowns last year, but had three catches for 32 yards and a touchdown in Super Bowl LI against the Patriots. Hooper has gotten first team reps all throughout training camp and preseason, and is a very good blocker, which will mean he will always be seeing the field. In an offense with Julio Jones, Mohammed Sanu, and Taylor Gabriel, defenses could overlook Hooper and he could be in line for a lot of targets. He saw six targets in Super Bowl LI.

C.J. Fiedorowicz (21)

The Texans TE totaled over 50 catches (54), over 500 yards (559), and four touchdowns. Yes, the touchdown number is very low, but there is reason for optimism. Brock Osweiler won’t be starting 14 regular season games for the Texans this year. That alone is very appealing . WR Will Fuller broke his collarbone during the opening weeks of camp and will be out for several games, while Jaelen Strong has shown nothing in two years and Braxton Miller had under 100 yards his rookie season. Fiedorowicz is the second best pass catcher on the Texans besides DeAndre Hopkins, and if Deshaun Watson takes over for Tom Savage at some point, a rookie quarterback always loves a big security blanket over the middle.

Jared Cook (26)

Yes, an injury kept cook sidelined for several games last year, and he only has one touchdown the past two seasons, but had 30 catches for the Packers in 10 regular season games. In the playoffs? Cook turned it all the way up, catching 18 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns.

During free agency, he signed with the Oakland Raiders. With Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree on the outside, Cook will be a matchup nightmare going down the middle against opposing defenses. His monster playoff games give big reason for optimism.