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Draft Guide Preview: TE Tiers

by Rotoworld Staff
Updated On: August 15, 2019, 6:26 pm ET

With the NFL Preseason officially underway and NFL Kickoff just around the corner, there's no time like the present to start cramming for your fantasy football drafts. And there's no better resource to help guide you to another championship than our all-new, mobile-optimized 2019 NFL Draft Guide. This year's edition is a true fantasy behemoth featuring customized projections from 14 different scoring systems, more mock drafts than ever before, over 500 player profiles, positional tiers, keeper tiers, rankings and a ton of exclusive columns. 

We've shared previews of our RB, WR, and QB tiers, and now here's a small sampling of our TE tiers from the full online Draft Guide.

TE Tier 4

The tight end position thins out quickly, but there’s a large tier here of potential weekly starters should the stars align.

Austin Hooper improved on his totals for the second consecutive season, snagging 71 receptions (fourth for all tight ends) for 660 yards and four touchdowns. He finished as the TE6 in overall scoring, but on a weekly level was a top-12 scoring tight end in just six games. In his other 10 games, he was the TE16 or lower. He’s posted just 10.7 and 9.3 yards per reception over the past two seasons with seven total touchdowns. Hooper still has room to grow in his fourth season but is more of a platoon option than someone to go all in on as a weekly starter.

Vance McDonald posted career-highs in targets (72), receptions (50), yards (610) and catch rate (69.4%) to go along with four touchdowns in 2018. The immediate opportunity for McDonald to make a real jump is present with the Steelers losing 33.4% of their team targets (fifth highest) from a year ago. The Steelers also lost Jesse James, who played 562 snaps last year compared to the 563 that McDonald played. McDonald has yet to play a full season in six years, but the 29-year-old has his best opportunity ahead of him in 2019.

Eric Ebron was one of the biggest values of the season in 2018, finishing as the TE4 in overall scoring, notching career-highs in targets (110), receptions (66) and yards (750) while he led all tight ends with 13 touchdown receptions. Ebron turned 11.8% of his target into touchdowns, which ranks second all-time out of 126 seasons from tight ends with 100-plus targets behind Rob Gronkowski’s 2011 season (13.7%). After such a season, Ebron would typically be valued as a top-five option the following season at his position, but his 2018 performance was certainly aided by the absence of Jack Doyle, who missed 10 games. In the six games that they played together, Doyle out-snapped Ebron 330-to-166, out-targeted him 33-to-22, out-caught him 26-to-18 and posted more yardage (245-to-228). On the other side, despite that depressed usage compared to Doyle, Ebron still caught seven touchdowns to Doyle’s two, with at least one touchdown in five of those six games. Ebron is a strong bet for overall regression in terms of opportunity and scoring rate, but he still carries upside attached to Andrew Luck and in the possibility that Doyle is injured once again. Doyle, meanwhile, is a floor-play option in leagues that reward receptions over touchdown appeal.

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