Fantasy Football Busts – Tight Ends – 2020
Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers
Henry signed a one year $10.6 contract becoming the highest paid tight end in football for the 2020 season. It’s a very peculiar move for a player who hasn’t played a full sixteen game season in three years nor topped 700 yards receiving. The Chargers are putting the pieces together for a very good offense with the selection of Justin Herbert and long-term signing of Austin Ekeler. Keenan Allen and Mike Williams round out a wide receiver duo that could be one of the better pairs in the years to come. Everyone will be waiting patiently for Herbert to get up to speed but it won’t happen this year. Come draft day Henry is a classic overvalued and underperform player.
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David Njoku – Cleveland Browns
If the Cleveland Browns don’t score 75 points a game this season, then people should be fired before the clock on the final game hits zero. And by firings, I mean front office, coaches and quarterbacks. On paper the team is stacked with two premium offensive linemen (one free agent and one drafted), two tier one running backs, two elite wide receivers and a tight end on the rise. The Browns then picked up the fifth-year option on David Njoku after three seasons to couple with Austin Hooper.
It’s a curious move with so many other investments at the offensive skill positions. Njoku spent much of last season injured but did play a full 16 game season in his first two years. Injuries aren’t as much of a concern as targets. How many reads does Mayfield have to go through before Njoku gets on his radar? There won’t be enough balls to go around and Njoku will be one of the odd men out. Making the situation even worse for fantasy owners in a tough tight end market, is that Hooper will suffer split time in a tight end by committee situation.
Jimmy Graham – Chicago Bears
Was Trey Burton even on the Chicago Bears? After two seasons, I can’t remember one significant contribution from the 5-year veteran after a 4-year, $32 million contract. The Bears agreed and cut Burton loose after two seasons. In comes Jimmy Graham for one last hurrah and something to prove. Graham is big man and still good for the goal line jump ball but has regressed season after season for the last five years. Is there a window for a handful of quality fantasy starts? Sure, but this offense isn’t designed to score 30 points a week. They’ll be lucky to break 20 and that doesn’t leave a lot of nuggets for Graham with David Montgomery and Allen Robinson II being the primary targets.