By Lawrence Edwards
On today’s edition of “The world of Fantasy” I will give my thoughts on some good tight end you can get in your fantasy drafts. Now this is probably the hardest position to draft in fantasy in my opinion. Once Gronk, Olsen, Reed and Kelce are off the board, options start to get thin at the position. But fear not my fellow fantasy weirdos. There are some great bargains you can get if you aren’t looking to spend a high pick on a TE in the early rounds. Gronk will most likely go in round 1 with Olsen, Reed and Kelce following at the end of round 2 going into round 3. Now me personally, I like to get my receivers and running backs early and target a good tight end in round 4 and later. So without further ado let’s take a look at some of the players.
Martellus Bennett – New England Patriots
Now this one here is personally my favorite. We know Gronk is THE tight end in New England but Bennett could have an opportunity to put up some good numbers here. Before it became a one man show at TE in New England, Belichik ran two TE sets like a thing of beauty back before Aaron Hernandez decided to start playing hit man. The duo of Gronk and Hernandez was genius. But all that came to an end for obvious reasons. Obviously Belichik missed that dynamic because he went out and traded for Martellus Bennett in the off-season. Bennett is a very good and very productive TE. Good ol’ Bill and his hoodie will be looking to get Bennett heavily involved in the offense on almost every down. This will help alleviate the risk of Gronk getting injured with another productive TE on the field. Bennett will get his share of targets. Brady loves to spread the ball around and he has been limited in that aspect for little while now with only Gronk and Edleman who can’t always stay on the field at the same time. Bennett will probably be available late in the draft.
Virgil Green – Denver Broncos
Green has been sitting behind Julius Thomas and Owen Daniels most of his time in Denver. It’s now 2016, Thomas signed with Jacksonville last year and Owen Daniels is an unsigned free agent. Virgil Green has had the prime opportunity to step in and claim the TE spot for Denver and boy has he impressed. Green was always known to be a good blocker, which is probably what kept him on the team, but what he has shown in the receiving department the last two preseason games has to have Broncos fans smiling from ear to ear. Through two preseason games he has caught all 7 of his targets for 83 yards and looks like he could be legit. With the Broncos still unsure of who will be their starting quarterback, one thing is for sure, Green could be a safety valve for whoever is under center. He did seem to have a good rapport with Trevor Siemian.
Jared Cook – Green Bay Packers
Now this guy could turn out to be the ultimate still in fantasy this year. We all know Jared Cook is a good TE, but QB issues and injuries with the Rams never let him realize his true potential. Cook is now with the Green Bay Packers who are in desperate need of production at the position. Cook came off the PUP list two weeks ago and word is he developed an instant rapport with Aaron Rodgers. We all know what Rodgers is capable of and because of that this could be a serious career year for Jared Cook. His current career high TD’s in a season is 5 but with his talent and the caliber of his new QB, who also loves to spread the ball around, Cook could very well reach overall career bests. He could see his TD’s go to at least 8 this season if he stays healthy. Make sure you are the one that gets this potential gem, trust me.
Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans
Second year quarterback Marcus Mariotta was having a pretty decent season in rookie year before he went down with an injury. The Titans weren’t stacked at receiver to begin with before trading second year receiver Dorial Green Beckham to the Philadelphia Eagles. With rookie Tajae Sharpe showing early promise at the WR and what looks like a revamped rushing attack with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry, Walker probably won’t see the 133 targets he saw last year. But, the fact still remains that at the moment he is Tennessee’s most productive pass catcher and he should still lead the Titans in targets again this season. The 10th year player is in his 3rd year with the team after spending 7 seasons as Vernon Davis backup in San Francisco. Since he came to Tennessee in 2013 his numbers have increased every year. He put up his first 1,000 yard receiving season of his career and didn’t show any signs of age while doing it. With Mariotta back under center and more pieces added to the offensive line, Walker will get plenty opportunity to be a huge part of what should be a very respectable offense.
That’s it for today’s edition in “The World of Fantasy”. Hope this advice helps, until next time, draft well my friends.