In August, we will ask our staff a single question on a variety of topics ranging from a huge news event to a tough fantasy decision or player evaluation.
If you like this format, come back for another Question of the Day. Today, we look at the top two tight ends on board to determine who is more valuable in your draft. According to their current average draft positions, Travis Kelce is the top tight end and goes off the board around Pick 7. Mark Andrews is almost always the next tight end and is taken around Pick 28.
Here's the question we asked our staff.
And here's the quick answer for each player's ranking:
Compared to ADP, Kelce is properly valued, while Andrews is slightly overvalued.
Check out the full answers to see how each of us values these tight ends and which one is preferred at cost.
Ben Cummins: Travis Kelce is my sixth-ranked player overall, and Mark Andrews is my 30th-ranked player overall. I'm basically in line with the market on both, but I massively prefer Kelce, even with the extra cost factored in. Baltimore projects to run more 3WR sets this season. With more talented pass catchers and more options available for Lamar Jackson to throw to, Andrews' ceiling is a bit limited. Meanwhile, the only concern for Kelce is his advancing age. But the legendary Mahomes and Kelce connection is one I plan to ride until the wheels fall off.
Jason Wood: Travis Kelce is my 5th-ranked player overall, and Mark Andrews is 30th, so I'm not too far off the ADP marks. But even though my projections are relatively in line with the consensus, I feel better about targeting Kelce in the early first round than I do taking Andrews in the third round. In fact, I would actively avoid taking Andrews at ADP because the difference between TE3 and TE12 isn't wide enough to pass up on the value you can get from other positions in that round. Whereas the difference between TE1 and the field is cavernous. I wrote an article this year asking How Early is Too Early to Draft Travis Kelce? My conclusion: Assuming he avoids injury, you're locking in a weekly advantage of about 50% to 60% at the position. No other player, regardless of position, can likely offer that same edge.
Will Grant: Kelce is my #6 overall pick, with Andrews coming in around 32nd - somewhere in the middle of the third round. Kelce is a game-winner in a PPR league. I had him on several of my teams last season, and he will give you an extra 5-10 points on any other team in the league at the tight end position. If your league gives 1.5 points per tight end reception, I would take Kelce at #1 overall. I like Andrews as well, but he's more of a value pick for me than someone I actively target. If I'm drafting at 3.10 and Andrews falls to me, if I'm confident in my 1st two picks, I'll happily take Andrews at that spot. But there are plenty of other options I'd be comfortable taking in round 4 or 5 as well if I felt I could get solid depth at the running back or wide receiver position.
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