Fantasy Football Steals – Tight Ends – 2020
Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts
Cutting ties with Eric Ebron opens the door once again for Jack Doyle to take center stage in Indianapolis and a fantasy football steal at tight end. Doyle emerged in 2017 with 80 receptions, 690 receiving yards and 4 TD’s only to be replaced as the starter by Eric Ebron. Philip Rivers loves the tight end target and the short passing game is his bread and butter. In a ten- and twelve-man fantasy league, if you’re not willing to spend the high-end pick necessary for Travis Kelce or George Kittle, then you need to find a guy who can get you 6-8 points a week. Adding Doyle and Ebron stats together last season, you almost have a top ten fantasy tight end. Doyle alone just may crack the top twelve.
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Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans
Smith is another bruising pass catcher for a now stabilized Titans passing game. At 6’3 248 pounds, he can match size and strength with most linebackers, yet has the quickness and route running ability to shake underneath coverage. The Titans have moved on from Delanie Walker, which makes Smith the primary tight end. Since fantasy football is a week by week analysis, the game log from Smith does raise some concerns. There are several instances of three or less targets and a few goose eggs in the yardage department. The promising weeks he racked up 60 yards and a touchdown. This all comes down to consistency. In my estimation, Smith will turn in more 60 yards and score weeks than goose eggs.
Blake Jarwin – Dallas Cowboys
The tight end position is a key component of the Cowboys’ offense and Blake Jarwin is on top of the depth chart. Jarwin is a giant target at 6’5” 260 pounds but he is still very agile. There are occasional situations where you can combine stats at a position to estimate what a single top-level player could produce. Travis Kelce has no tight end competition in Kansas City and though Jarwin isn’t in the Kelce class, being the primary tight end will result in higher numbers. If we combine Jarwin and Jason Witten numbers from 2019, we are looking at about 900 yards and 7 touchdowns. That would put Jarwin in the top five range. Yes, a lot of assumption here but a late round gem with top ten potential is reasonable making him a fantasy football steal in the later rounds.
Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles
If 2019 showed us anything it’s that Dallas Goedert belongs in the league and can perform at a high level. With a plethora of wide receiver injuries, the Eagles were desperate for help and Goedert stepped up, often at the statistical expense of fellow tight end Zach Ertz. In just his second season, he tallied 58 receptions for 607 yards and 5 TD’s.
He didn’t get much playing time in the first four games so if we do a little creative statistical math (cheating) with the last 12 games, we get a better picture of what his year was like. Goedert averaged 6.6 fantasy points in the last 12 games as the team’s number two receiver while Ertz averaged over 9. Obviously, we don’t handcuff tight ends but if Ertz goes down then Goedert is more than capable as a starter.