Fantasy Football Overrated – TE – 2020
Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles
Possibly the biggest fantasy hit for the Eagles last season was Zach Ertz. With Jeffery sidelined or playing hurt and Jackson out since week one, Ertz was the top target. He received the defensive attention required by a guy who was coming off an NFL record high in receptions for a tight end. By the end of the season, Ertz still managed to achieve his second-best totals in yards and TD’s.
Frustration set in early though as it took five weeks before Ertz hit pay dirt and nine weeks before topping 100 yard receiving. Ertz finished strong so going into 2020 he’ll be in the top three of many tight end draft boards, but Darren Waller, Mark Andrews and Noah Fant will have more fantasy points at seasons end.
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Jason Witten – Las Vegas Raiders
Witten came back from a one-year hiatus in the MNF football booth (I won’t get into that here) to resume his career with the Dallas Cowboys. If you’re a professional athlete, I’m all for playing until you can’t play if you have the motivation. For all his efforts, Witten posted the worst numbers of his career but was a contributing factor on the Cowboys offense.
He is a slow as ever, but speed was never his strong suit. What is truly outstanding is his career reception to target conversion rate of 84%. For 2020 we know Darren Waller is the top tight end in Las Vegas, but Witten can provide value. If Waller goes down, then Witten gets 6-8 targets a game with endzone possibilities.
George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers
The secret on George Kittle is out. Kittle has great hands and enjoys knocking heads. His skill set fit nicely into the 49ers desired short passing game and he’s often targeted on the tight end screen. He averaged 9.8 fantasy points a week over 14 games and matched Travis Kelce for best at the position. He is the #1 target and with only Deebo Samuel (who will likely miss the first half of the season) truly competing for targets, the trend should continue into next season.
The real challenge and why Kittle will never reach double digit TD’s, is the stunning diversity of scorers in the passing game. Even though Kittle led the team with 5 TD catches, a staggering 13 players were the recipients of a passing TD. George Kittle will have a good year but I’d be leery of picking him earlier than the 3rd round.