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The years go by, and the story never changes. There are three, maybe four, tight ends you can trust. Otherwise, you are rolling the dice hoping to land one of the maybe one new elite option, or at least someone who scores or has five catches more often than he is a lineup zonk with one or two catches and no scores. This year, at least two new names could easily crash the elite tier and one that could return, in addition to the many possible surprises at the position.
Travis Kelce, KC
Kelce usually appears around the time that the top tier of running backs dries up. He’s an option around pick #5, weighed against Davante Adams and Ezekiel Elliott, which is about where he belongs. We know exactly what we’re getting with him, one of Patrick Mahomes II's top two targets and the easy odds on favorite to be the top fantasy tight end again this year. The only problem with taking him is you probably can’t take one of the other top-six tight ends if they fall to value pick levels.
ALMOST ELITE TE1
Darren Waller, LV
Waller was established as the TE2 in 2021 drafts, and he deserves it. Waller had 43-654-4 in the last five games last year and this is one of the most underwhelming unproven wide receiver groups to compete with for targets (and on a team that will need to throw a lot). As long as Waller is ok for 2021, I have him closer to Kelce than Kittle.
STILL ELITE TE1?
George Kittle, SF
Kittle certainly has the ability to match the production of any tight end in the league in any given game. Where will his median/mean game be this year? Better defense and the likely introduction of Trey Lance at some point won’t be great for this team’s pass attempts, which creates a lot more risk of a floor game from a player you took in the third round. Then again, Lance could make the passing game more explosive and ascend to peaks with Kittle that make the valleys tolerable. I’ll probably wait and take Pitts or Hockenson.
THE NEXT ELITE TE1?
There is a clear top six at tight this year, and you want to be getting one of them in your draft. There’s a chance that someone out of the top six will crash the party. There’s certainly enough talent outside of the top six, but none of them has the plum situations this trio has. Any of them could eclipse Kittle in a best-case scenario and find themselves in the top 25 picks of 2022 fantasy drafts.
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