Taking a look at a third installment of hidden dynasty assets I’d like to take a look at an often overlooked position. Tight End is often a position people wait to fill on their roster and I can’t blame them. Outside of the top 3-5 players at the position there isn’t a whole lot in terms of reliability from this group. Hopefully this list can give you some Tight Ends that can be served well on a streaming roster and some that can still develop into a top tier TE.
1. Gerald Everett (ADP 202)
In a 12 team league, Gerald Everett’s current Average Draft Position (ADP) of 202 is putting him being taken towards the back end of the 16th round. Everett has a lot going for him though. First off, he plays on a high powered offense meaning there will be plenty of red zone opportunities for him to win out with a large frame. In each week for the TE position, often times it only takes 1 TD to get yourself into the top 12 for the position that week. Everett was more effective in 2017 as a rookie, than second year man Tyler Higbee hopefully meaning Everett will see the majority of snaps from the position in 2018. Look for this young TE to take over the position in L.A. here in year two and grow as he and QB Jared Goff both continue to develop.
2. Adam Shaheen (ADP 237)
Going into 2017, the dynasty community fell in love with the small school TE Adam Shaheen. After a season where he only saw 14 targets along with the addition of TE Trey Burton, Shaheen is nothing more than a memory at this point. Burton is still also mostly unproven and is new to the team, whereas Adam Shaheen should have more of a rapport with growing QB Mitchell Trubisky. Adam Shaheen was also expected to experience some growing pains while making the jump from small Ashland University to the NFL. While he is still a raw talent, with a 6’6″ frame he should continue to develop as he adjusts to the NFL making him worth a flier in late round 19.
3. Mark Andrews (ADP 233)
Mark Andrews was the second of 2 TE the Ravens drafted this April he is also the better receiving TE. At 6 foot 5 inches 250 pounds Andrews is definitely a big body. He used to play receiver which is great for his mindset that every ball is his to go get. The downside to this is his blocking abilities. There are reports that Mark cannot block. Where this becomes worrisome is with how the team wants to use him, being a good blocker leads to being on the field in more scenarios. The best thing for him right now is that Lamar Jackson takes over the offense in the next couple of seasons and the offense spreads the field. This scenario is one that I predict to happen in 2019 if not sooner. If a guy of Andrew’s body type is willing to learn to block it is also teachable making him another great pickup in dynasty in round 19.
4. Jake Butt (ADP 212)
Jake Butt, the once potential first round TE out of Michigan that tore an ACL in a bowl game. Butt is now entering his second season in the NFL after sitting out all of 2017 recovering from an injury that occurred during his senior year of college. Now fully healthy, Butt is on a roster in Denver that is in need of help at the position. Jake Butt was considered NFL ready before his injury, so the set back last year preventing him to play as a rookie hopefully will not have a major effect on his development in the NFL. Reports out of camp are saying that Butt has been smooth in and out of routes and one couldn’t tell he was ever injured. I fully expect Jake Butt to beat out Jeff Heuerman for the top of the depth chart and be a productive TE for the Broncos in 2018 and on into the future.
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