Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the next installment of the position previews presented to you by the Fantasy Six Pack. I will provide Fantasy owners with the 2020 Fantasy Football Tight End Sleepers.
The tight end position has been a thorn in my side during my Fantasy career. The dilemma is if you want to pay the high draft capital on an elite tight end? Do you want Travis Kelce or George Kittle in the second round? Or do you grab one in the middle rounds like Jared Cook or Darren Waller? Fantasy owners are projecting that the player has a breakout season or doesn't kill your team.
In the majority of my leagues, I don't follow either of those strategies. I use my early and middle-round picks to solidify my other positions. Then I pinpoint which tight ends have sleeper appeal. Finding value at the tight end position produces better odds for your Fantasy team to succeed.
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I came up with four sleepers at the tight end position that can help Fantasy managers win their leagues. Do you want to find out who they are? Let's dive into the 2020 Fantasy Football Tight End Sleepers.
2020 Fantasy Football Tight End Sleepers
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Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts
Dear Fantasy Twitter,
Let’s keep Jack Doyle a hidden gem late in drafts pic.twitter.com/DJ8IZhlvHG
— The Wire Fantasy Football Podcast (@TheWireFFB) June 26, 2020
The Indianapolis Colts passing attack was abysmal last season. The Colts offense averaged the third-fewest passing yards per game last season with 194.2 passing yards per game. Much of that lackluster play can be attributed to Jacoby Brissett, who continues to prove he is not able to be a consistent starter in the NFL.
Tight end Jack Doyle finished the 2019 season with 72 targets, 43 catches, 448 yards, and four touchdowns, which allowed him to finish as the 17TE last season. Doyle was the preferred target for Brissett when both Eric Ebron and T.Y. Hilton went down with injuries.
Heading into the 2020 season, there will be a new quarterback behind center, former Charger Philip Rivers, who signed a one-year deal with the Colts. Additionally, Eric Ebron left the Colts to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Every Fantasy manager knows that Rivers loves throwing to his tight ends. In fact, Rivers and Antonio Gates connected on 89 touchdowns, which is most by a quarterback/tight end combo in NFL history.
Doyle has the potential for plenty of targets and could see 100+ targets in 2020. Doyle is currently being selected as the TE19, according to FantasyPros. He may not be a sexy fantasy tight end, but Doyle is being undervalued. Doyle will prove his Fantasy worth and finish as a top ten tight end in 2020.
Blake Jarwin, Dallas Cowboys
~190 targets are up for grabs in the Cowboys passing attack. TE Jason Witten moved on and Blake Jarwin gets 1st crack at ~83 targets. TEs accounted for 21% of the team's target share in 2019. The arrow is pointing WAY up for Jarwin. #Cowboys #FantasyFootball pic.twitter.com/76P5GIEnrF
— Club Fantasy FFL (@ClubFantasyFFL) July 2, 2020
The Dallas Cowboys have a new sheriff in town after firing Jason Garrett and hiring former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy to bring the Cowboys out of mediocrity. The Cowboys also saw veteran tight end Jason Witten depart for Las Vegas. The Cowboys have unproven players at the tight end position. I believe that Blake Jarwin will win the starting job and be a tight end sleeper that Fantasy managers should target late in their drafts.
Jarwin played in all 16 games last season and produced 31 receptions on 41 targets for 365 yards and three touchdowns. The Cowboys thought enough of Jarwin to fork over a three-year contract that can be worth up to $24.25 million. The Cowboys seems confident in Jarwin producing as the replacement for Witten. Should Fantasy owners feel confident in Jarwin?
Jarwin has exhibited potential as a backup, but he will get to take the tight end reins on a Cowboys offense that could be the best overall offense in the league. With the addition of rookie receiver CeeDee Lamb to a top-five offense, the Cowboys offense looks extremely explosive and elite Fantasy options at each position.
Inexplicably, Witten saw 83 targets last season, and Jarwin should capitalize on his opportunity, He finds himself in a great offense, with no competition at tight end and confidence from the organization.
Fantasy Football Calculator has Jarwin going off the board with the 177th pick in PPR drafts. Jarwin is the type of late-round stud that wins Fantasy championships.
Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears
Cole Kmet receiving since 2018
2 drops pic.twitter.com/aN2XCvIrwg
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) April 24, 2020
My selection of Chicago Bears rookie tight end Cole Kmet is a deep-sleeper pick to breakout at the tight end position in 2020. Kmet will have better long term potential. I wouldn't sleep on Kmet.
Kmet was drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame and was by far the best tight end prospect in the NFL Draft. The Bears signed a corpse named Jimmy Graham to be their starting tight end. However, I predict Kmet will be starting at tight end and welcome Nick Foles as their starting quarterback. Kmet uses his 6'5" frame to provide a large catch radius and be a reliable red-zone target for Nick Foles.
Kmet, who was born and raised in Illinois, is not getting drafted. He is currently ranked as the TE40 in our Fantasy Six Pack Rankings. In deeper formats, taking a shot on Kmet to produce in this offense brings out the anxiety. Kmet is the Bears' future at tight end, and the future begins in 2020 with Kmet having more targets and touchdowns than Graham.
Jace Sternberger, Green Bay Packers
Why Jace Sternberger needs to move up fantasy football tight end rankings: pic.twitter.com/W5zD4TsqyB
— PlayerProfiler (@rotounderworld) June 6, 2020
Jace Sternberger has an excellent opportunity to take over as the Green Bay Packers starting tight end in 2020. Following the departure of Jimmy Graham, Sternberger is looking to build upon his postseason heroics. Sternberger found his way into the boxscore with three catches for 15 yards, including a short touchdown catch against the San Francisco 49ers in the conference championship game.
The former Aggie was injured for the first half of the season. We saw him finish the regular season without a catch while appearing in only six games.
Shockingly, the Packers did not make any notable additions to their passing game. Sternberger has a golden opportunity to take on a significant role as a starter in the Packers offense led by Aaron Rodgers. Sternberger is a late-round lottery ticket that has a TE29 ADP. He can step in to be the secondary target behind Davante Adams for love by Aaron Rodgers in the Packers offense.
[…] The Fantasy Six Pack Rankings have Engram at TE7, and that draft capital is not worth it for me. He is still recovering from Lisfranc injury from last season. That injury could be tricky to contend with, and I would rather spend the draft capital on other positions and select one of my tight end sleepers. […]