Fantasy Football Draft 2014: Tight End Value Picks
Taking a Look at Some of the Undervalued Players at Tight End
August 28, 2014
All this week, we’ve been looking at potentially undervalued pickups for your fantasy draft this season. These guys are investment opportunities that could pay off big-time by pouring in the stats all season long at a relatively inexpensive draft price.
Today, it’s time to visit with a few promising names at the tight end position. TE is a tricky position on a year-to-year basis, with just a few top-tier names having the biggest chances at breakout seasons. Still, you can find plenty of value a little further down the rankings, so let’s check out some guys who should be out-producing their draft stock in 2014.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings: Right around the 8-10 range among tight ends, you’ll find Rudolph this season. He’s a popular sleeper pick, and though we don’t think he’ll be a jaw-dropping breakout, he should have no problem at all outperforming his draft position.
With Norv Turner running the offense in Minnesota this year, Rudolph figures to feature heavily. He’s got just enough burst to have long-play ability, and just enough size to be able to work inside. As long as he stays healthy, he could finish as a top-five tight end.
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Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: A little further down, in the early-to-mid-teens, you’ll find Miller. If there’s anything we can say about him, it’s that he’s been consistently reliable during his tenure on the Steelers. Last season, he only found the end zone once, but also was working his way back from a torn ACL.
Miller looks much better this preseason, and his chemistry with QB Ben Roethlisberger looks as strong as it ever was. He won’t blow anyone’s mind in 2014, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see him sneak into the top 10 come season’s end.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Another trendy pick for a sleeper/breakout at the tight end position this season is Kelce, who has been tearing it up in the preseason. He’s earned the admiration of his coaching staff, which is saying quite a bit when you’ve got the notoriously stone-faced Andy Reid calling the shots.
Kelce is coming off a knee injury in 2013, so he may start slowly this year. That said, once he gets going (and it may not take long), he’ll be a hot commodity in fantasy.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: This week’s big trade news came through when the Patriots traded for Tampa Bay tight end Timothy Wright. That left a lot of people speculating wildly about Wright and his position in the offense with the Pats, but we think the real beneficiary here is Seferian-Jenkins.
You can find him in the late-20s among tight ends, but now that the team has shipped some of his competition away, we think he’ll perform much better. Seferian-Jenkins has been wowing everyone in camp, and he should have a big role in the offense this season once he gets his feet wet and overtakes Brandon Myers on the depth chart.
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