2023 Fantasy Football TE Must Draft List

by Mike Bonni
2023 Fantasy Football TE Must Draft List

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football TE Must Draft List.

We made it. This is our last installment of the "Must Draft List" series. I hope they guide you to some fantasy championships.

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If you read the "TE Do Not Draft List*, you can tell I'm feeling good about the TE position in 2023. Obviously, we all want Kelce, but what if I said you can get the #1 TE of 2023 20 picks later? Is that something you would be interested in?

Or how about a TE going in the ninth round that has the potential of being a top-3 TE? If this intrigues you, continue reading the 2023 Fantasy Football TE Must Draft List.

Oh yeah! Be on the lookout for more pre-season content and of course, the all-important in-season content. Stay tuned.

2023 Fantasy Football TE Must Draft List

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Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens (TE2)

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Can he do it again? The only man to take the No.1 spot from Kelce is my top TE target, Mark Andrews.

In 2022, Andrews was 1st in target share (29%) while also leading in air yards (1108 according to playerprofiler.com). Also, thanks to playerprofiler.com, Andrews was fourth in RZ targets (18). The workload we love for fantasy football is there.

*With Lamar, Andrews averaged 7.9 targets/game.*

It's worth mentioning that Andrews was second in NFL with nine drops, don't expect that again.

There's word that there are going to be more chances for Andrews, considering the Ravens' offense should be more pass-friendly in 2023. With that being said, expect a hulked-up version of 2021 Mark Andrews (#1 TE overall, 154/107 - 1361 - 9).

I expect eight targets/game, which is entirely possible. In 2022 (when given 8+ targets), Andrews averaged 21.5 FPPG. This would smash Travis Kelce's FPPG (18.6). Keep that in mind.

The fact we can get him 20 + spots later than Kelce, and he has a (legit) shot at dethroning him, I think that is a steal in my books. Taking him in the second round is always interesting, but if he falls to the third, please run to the board and draft him.

Dalton Schultz, TE, Houston Texans (TE11)

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How often can you get the (debatable) number one option in an offense this late? The possibility of 100 targets is strong with this one.

With no competition (or very little), Why can't he reach 100? Dalton Schultz has done it before (2021, TE3 that year). There was no chance he was the first option in that offense (Ceedee Lamb). Now he gets to be the top option or one of the top options (Robert Woods, Noah Brown, Nico Collins, and Tank Dell won't stand out).

The chances of smashing that ADP is highly likely.

In 2022 (15 games), Dalton Schultz was the TE11 in FPPG (9.5) and averaged 5.9 targets/game (8th in NFL). There were seven games where he finished as a TE1. He did get hurt between weeks three and six (played one game during that span).

When Schultz returned (Weeks 7-18): he was sixth in FPPG (11.6), third in targets (72), and fifth in targets/game (6.5).

He should be going ahead of Pat Freiermuth (3rd option?), and Evan Engram (3rd option). He also provides better draft value than (Hockenson, Njoku, and those above him).

There are very few Tight Ends that are the first or second option (Kelce, Andrews, Pitts?) on their teams. Dalton Schultz deserves to be in that category. Please draft accordingly.

Bottom Line

Realistically, there is only one TE that can dethrone Travis Kelce. That man's name is Mark Andrews. With the "upgraded" offense, make sure you leave drafts with him.

If you don't like taking TEs early (I don't blame you), punt the position all the way till the eighth/ninth round. Fill out your roster with studs, and then take Dalton Schultz. Boom! Reap those rewards.

Well, fantasy friends, that should do it for the 2023 Fantasy Football TE Must Draft List. This will also conclude the "Must Draft List" series.


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