Are Stud Fantasy Football Tight Ends Worth It?

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Did you know that freshly fired, former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer is a good man, but just badly misunderstood? No? Me neither. The jerk should’ve been fired in October when he was videotaped at a bar living out his fantasy and getting handsy with a cute blonde tight end young enough to be his daughter.

Travis Kelce is a Stud Among Fantasy Football Tight Ends

Speaking of tight ends, did you know that through week 14, the last week of the regular fantasy football season, Travis Kelce is the number two tight end with 158.4 fantasy points (.5ppr), just behind the Ravens tight end Mark Andrews (170.1)? That’s certainly not a head-scratching stat. After all, when we drafted Kelce back in late August, we expected a big return on investment. The question is, did Kelce give a decent return for the high price we paid?

In fantasy snake drafts, Kelce’s average draft position (ADP) was 11.3. That put him ahead of running backs Najee Harris, Austin Ekeler, and Joe Mixon. At 11.3, we also drafted Kelce ahead of wide receivers Stefon Diggs, Justin Jefferson, Mike Evans, and Cooper Kupp (ugh). By comparison, tight end leader, Mark Andrews, was drafted at 54.5. In auction drafts, the disparity is even greater. On draft day, ESPN+had Kelce’s draft value at $61, the fourth-highest on the board behind McCaffrey $72, Cook $67, King Henry $64.

But is a TE Stud Worth His Price?

My point in this discussion is, is it a mistake to invest such high draft capital on a tight end? It is a onesie position – most fantasy football rosters only require one tight end and in a 12-team fantasy league, there are up to 20 tight ends on the waiver wire from which to choose. Through his 13 games played, Kelce finished as the TE5 or worse 7 times and in 4 of those games had the following fantasy points: 4.3, 2.7, 4.2, and 4.2.

Investing high draft capital on Kelce, or any tight end, means you are foregoing the opportunity to draft a high-value running back or wide receiver, of which you need 2-3 every week. Beyond Kelce, Kittle, Andrews, and Pitts, just about all other tight ends were drafted very late in the draft or picked up for $1 or free. Go ahead and grab two of them and you might hit on a Dawson Knox or Dalton Schultz, who finished within a couple of points per game from Kelce, and cost you almost nothing. And with so many other tight ends to choose from, it’s pretty easy to stream the position. In fact, in all but two of Kelce’s games, there were waiver wire-type tight ends who outscored him.

I know, Kelce is a set him and forget him player and the tight end position is a dumpster fire, so maybe his price is worth the peace of mind for you. This guy would rather save the draft capital and invest it in positions that are much harder to stream. And at his price tag, how could I forgive him for the four weeks that he didn’t exceed 4.5 points?

I couldn’t.

But of course, as I’m finishing this article, Kelce blasts the Chargers for 36 points on Thursday Night Football. Scrap everything I’ve said. What do I know?

Good luck this week in your fantasy football playoffs and if you don’t have Kelce, check out the latest This Guy or That Guy for a tight end suggestion for week 15. Also, don’t miss Sexy Hexy’s week 15 player rankings – but don’t expect to find rankings for kickers. He hates that position in fantasy football like the nasty varment it is.

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