Two teams playing in Sunday’s conference championship games have tight ends ranked among the best of this generation – Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs and George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers. The other two teams playing this weekend have young tight ends who have produced tremendous value this season – Isaiah Likely of the Baltimore Ravens and rookie Sam LaPorta of the Detroit Lions.
That just demonstrates how critical tight ends are in a modern NFL offense and is something worth watching for Florida sports betting as the playoffs draw toward a conclusion.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also had one of the best-value tight ends this season, Cade Otton. His emergence has aided the Bucs on their way to playoff bids the past two seasons (Tampa Bay has won the NFC South the past three years). But where does he rank at his position?
For this study, FloridaBet.com used ProFootballReference.com to find the cap hit and receiving yards of every NFL tight end during 2023-24 regular season. We did the math to figure out dollars per receiving yard in determining the 10 most value-driven TEs from this season. Salary and yards were included for all teams the player was on during the 2023-24 season. Blocking skill was not quantified for the purpose of this list.
Cade Otton fantasy football value was also notable in the 2023-24 season.
Best Value NFL Tight Ends of 2023-24 Season
Cade Otton Among Best Value Tight Ends
Folks using the Hard Rock Florida Sportsbook app can get the Ravens as a 4-point favorite against the Chiefs in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game (3 p.m. Eastern, CBS) and the 49ers as a 7-point favorite against the Lions (6:30, Fox).
The Buccaneers got their money’s worth out of Cade Otton, who ranks as the seventh-best value among tight ends in the league.
Otton, a fourth-round pick out of Washington in the 2022 NFL Draft, had 42 receptions for 391 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie that fall. He increased his production this season, with 47 catches for 455 yards and four TDs.
That made his salary cap hit of $1,108,486 a bargain, according to our calculations that were derived from Pro-Football-Reference.com statistics. His dollar-per-yard value works out to $2,436.
The top value tight end on our list was Jake Ferguson of the Dallas Cowboys. He had 761 receiving yards and a cap hit of $1,046,221, giving him a dollar-per-yard figure of $1,375. The others finishing ahead of Otton were Tanner Hudson of the Cincinnati Bengals ($1,484 per yard), Trey McBride of the Arizona Cardinals ($1,548), Chig Okonkwo of the Tennessee Titans ($1,887), then the aforementioned LaPorta ($1,936) and Likely ($2,424).
On our list, Otton finished ahead of Green Bay’s Tucker Kraft ($2,836 cap dollars per yard), Indianapolis’ Kylen Granson ($3,034) and Kansas City’s Noah Gray ($3,339).
Stick with FloridaBet.com for the best value NFL running backs this season and see where Rachaad White of the Bucs and De’Von Achane of the Miami Dolphins ranked.