One of the trickier positions to draft in fantasy football is the tight end. Because the position typically has limited upside, known as “ceiling” in fantasy parlance, players other than the very top three or four at the position, such as Kansas City’s Travis Kelce, are often difficult to differentiate in the drafting process. However, the tight end’s points certainly still count in contest results, and in close fantasy battles, a few points here and there can make a big difference.
FloridaBet.com - your home for Florida sports betting news and updates - notes that year after year, fantasy managers see their leagues taken down by a stellar late-round draft pick or an extraordinarily insightful mid-season pickup that helps propel them to the championship.
As fantasy season moves into its playoff period for most leagues, FloridaBet.com utilized FantasyData.com to compile the current fantasy rankings of tight ends after Week 13 of play in a standard point-per-reception (PPR) league and then found the average draft position (ADP) fantasy rankings for a standard PPR league prior to the season.
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Cade Otton Impressing Among Tight Ends
A tight end who generally was overlooked early and has been a bargain for fantasy managers who drafted him is Tampa Bay’s Cade Otton. Otton’s average draft position among tight ends was a deep 35th. However, his average fantasy points output has been 7.6 points per game, which ranks him 16th overall among NFL tight ends.
That difference between Otto’s draft position and his actual output gives him a rank difference of plus 19 spots and is helping to keep the Buccaneers playoff chances alive. That’s third among tight ends in that category behind only Arizona’s Trey McBride and Washington’s Logan Thomas who both have a rank difference of plus-25 spots. So far this season, Otton has 38 receptions for 348 yards and three touchdowns.
Other tight ends in the top five for rank difference are No. 4, Dallas’ Jake Ferguson, plus 17 spots, and No. 5, Detroit’s Sam LaPorta, plus 15 spots.
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