This is the fantasy football sweet spot for drafting tight ends.

In the second of a six-part Fantasy Draft preview series leading up to the NFL season, Fantasy Madness discusses tight ends, defense/special teams, and kickers. Next week: Quarterback.

Not all fantasy positions are created equal. Some generate more points than others. Some are deep. Some have a greater disparity between the top scorer and the potential replacement. And some, inevitably, just don’t matter.

For example, does your league still use kickers? If yes, may I ask why? The best of the bunch doesn’t score much higher than the worst, production is impossible to project week-to-week and there’s always a more useful bench guy available in primary position during the final rounds. contract. Ask your commissioner to drop kickers and add bench spots.

Or defense/special teams. We don’t despise these as much as we do kickers, because there can be strategic benefits if you work hard enough in specific matchups – especially in DFS. But they aren’t that valuable that you should ever pick one before the last two rounds of your draft.

Which brings us to the tight end. This position marks a huge leap in relevance, but still falls into the low-impact category. You shouldn’t and shouldn’t have to wait long in a draft to choose one, but we prefer this route to using the higher option.

It would certainly be great to have Travis Kelce or Mark Andrews or Darren Waller. But we’ll have an extra starting back or wide receiver at point in the draft, which the top tight ends normally go – in the top six rounds.

Instead, Madman prefers to wait it out. We’d like to avoid this season’s 2021 Waller and try to find this season’s Dalton Schultz. Some of our primary targets are Schultz, Dallas Goedert, Dawson Knox and Mike Gesicki. Schultz finished in the top-three last season amid tight ends, still being drafted as TE7 this season, although the Cowboys lost Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup’s return from an ACL injury is uncertain. .

The problem with achieving Schultz is the high volatility of his draft position. He averages a mid-fifth round, but he can often go through the early fourth or late eighth round. We don’t want her on the high end and we have to go right before everything to be comfortable in the middle of her range, but we love her on the back end.

Dalton Schultz
Dalton Schultz
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The addition of AJ Brown’s Eagles gives him a legitimate NFL pass-catching threat, which could take away coverage from others, including Goedert. Gassicki is in a similar position in Miami, with Tyreek Hill the new defensive distraction.

We think Knox could turn into TE’s Top 10 season. He made a good move last season, and may build on that further this year. You need to worry about QB Josh Allen robbing Knox of some red-zone catches by running for the touchdown, but in such a high-powered offense, we’ll take our chances.

Mike Gesick
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Dawson Knox
Dawson Knox
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If we remember all of these, we don’t mind taking Cole Kemet up quite a bit late.

Admittedly, we like to grab a second to give us some flexibility when it comes to TE as long as we wait. And we have some super-late people who smile at us when they pick us up: Tampa Bay’s Cameron Brett or Kyle Rudolph.

Tom Brady no longer has Rob Gronkowski. With Chris Godwin returning from an ACL injury, his health and production will be difficult. But someone is going to catch a pass in this crime. And we prefer either one of the Buccaneers’ TE options to be touchdown makers, even if they don’t rack up a lot of yards.

So feel free to sit tight before grabbing a tight end. But you don’t have to wait till the end.

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