Fantasy Football

6 Dynasty Tight Ends to Stash for 2018


You are probably reading this as you start to get ready for next season for your fantasy dynasty teams. In an effort to keep it simple and hopefully help guide your team, I reviewed and analyzed players who are owned by less than 20 percent in dynasty leagues.

The position that I want to tackle is the tight end position. Once you’re beyond the elite five tight ends, it’s basically a dart throw based on the inconsistency at the position. I came up with six tight ends that dynasty owners should consider stashing in anticipation of upside for the 2018 season.

I present to you a Six Pack of Dynasty Tight Ends, I hope you enjoy and thanks for reading.

6 Dynasty Tight Ends to Stash for 2018

Be sure to check out the Running Backs and Wide Receivers to stash for 2018.

Jake Butt, Denver Broncos

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Heading into the 2017 NFL Draft, Jake Butt was billed as the complete package-but with an asterisk because of his injury history. He had the size at 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds to be a mismatch. He had great hands to be a threat in the red zone and had the strength to be a factor in pass-blocking.

The John Mackey Award winner totaled 138 catches, 1,646 receiving yards (11.9 average) and 11 touchdowns in his four years at Michigan.  He fell into Broncos general manager John Elway‘s hands in the fifth round due to Butt suffering a torn ACL-his second torn ACL-in his final game as a Wolverine. Every scout before the setback reiterated Butt is a first-round caliber tight end. Turn the tape on, and it is easy to see why prognosticators loved his potential.

Of course, health is his kryptonite. Once you get past the top five tight ends, it’s basically a dart throw to garner a quality tight end. With no one of significance blocking his way to a starting role or at worst a passing down specialist, Jake Butt would be a great fit for the Broncos offense in search of another offensive threat and great stash for your dynasty team.

Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals

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All fantasy owners know the story on Tyler Eifert.  A red zone scoring machine IF healthy. In five seasons, he has played in 39 of a possible 80 games. He has caught 127 passes for 1,537 yards and 20 touchdowns. He has a high ceiling and is probably not on many fantasy rosters, including dynasty teams, due to injuries and missing the entire season…again.

Fantasy owners will need to look to see where Eifert ends up next season. It’s very likely that the Bengals move on from Eifert and go forward with Eifert-like Tyler Kroft, who has proven himself to be a quality tight end and can actually stay on the field.  Tyler Eifert is the poster player for risk/reward in fantasy. The risks are of course the fact that he can’t stay on the field and where he ultimately ends up next season. The reward is the highest ceiling of any tight end.

Rico Gathers, Dallas Cowboys

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The former Baylor basketball star is extremely raw but showed his immense athletic ability this past pre-season.  Unfortunately, Gathers suffered a concussion during the pre-season and was placed in the concussion protocol. He subsequently was placed on injured reserve, ending his season.

Current Cowboys TE Jason Witten is a Hall of Famer but has been in decline the past few seasons. There are rumors that he will possibly retire after this season. Rico Gathers is the heir apparent and has the kind of explosion the Cowboys have largely been missing from the tight end position for years.

Gathers shows all the physical traits teams covet at tight end. He has strength, agility and speed all on a 6-foot-8, 275-pound frame. He has all the tools to become one of the most dynamic tight ends in the NFL. His catch radius makes him always an option in passing situations and a natural threat on play-action passes off of fakes to Ezekiel Elliot. He is such a mismatch in the passing game the Cowboys will need a find a way to get him on the field. Fantasy owners need to stash Rico Gathers, his potential impact could be fairly significant.

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George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

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The new 49ers regime led by General Manager John Lynch and Head Coach Kyle Shanahan targeted George Kittle for a role in Shanahan’s offense. The team already had a tight end in Vance McDonald, but after Kittle was a star in camp and outplayed McDonald, he took his spot as the 49ers starting tight end. The 49ers were so confident in Kittle’s talent that they traded McDonald to the Steelers.

At 6’3″ and 237 lbs., Kittle is a physical freak who will be used all over the field. He runs a 4.52 40-yard dash and has great hands with strong arms to help block defenders at the line.

George Kittle is the perfect combination of situation and skill. Lacking in pass catchers, Kittle should be Jimmy Garrapolo’s main weapon and viewed as a TE1 next season.

Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Vance McDonald was traded to the Steelers during camp and now enters one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. He has teased upside while with the 49ers but has yet to deliver. Now in the middle of a high powered offense, he should be able to deliver on a position that the Steelers lacked real weapons.

This season has been a struggle for McDonald as he is trying to settle in with his new team. Additionally, he has been injured the majority of the season with various ailments. The caveat with McDonald is that he drops passes a ton. He has the worst drop rate among qualifying tight ends over his four-year career.

McDonald gets a boost catching passes from Big Ben but might not see the volume of most TE1. All fantasy owners want players from top scoring offenses. He will have a year under his belt, and should be incorporated into the Steelers offense enough to make an impact for fantasy teams.


Adam Shaheen, Chicago Bears

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The Bears are in the midst of a lost season in 2017 with the real possibility that there will be a new coaching staff in Chicago in 2018. On the positive side of the ledger is the emergence of QB Mitchell Trubisky. The Bears looks like they have found their QB of the future. In addition to taking their QB of the future in the first round after a blockbuster trade, the Bears took TE Adam Shaheen in the second round. He is a rare prospect and played his college ball at Division II Ashland University. He was a man against boys at Ashland, he flat-out dominated the lesser competition.

Shaheen stands 6’6″ and checks in at 280 lbs, but he also has great athleticism and incredible hands. He began the season as the third tight end on the Bears’ roster. He was given playing time due to injuries to veterans Zach Miller and Dion Sims.  The rookie TE made developments throughout this season and was given more time on the field. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury (chest) of his own that has limited his availability in the last few games.

In sum, Adam Shaheen is a raw prospect, but projects as a matchup nightmare due to his size. He will likely take over the TE role as Miller becomes a free agent after this season. Sims is not a threat in the passing game. Trubisky and Shaheen will make a great fantasy connection in the red zone for seasons to come.

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About Dennis Sosic

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  3. Matias

    January 19, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    In what kind of dynasty league is a guy like Shaheen or Eifert available?

    • Joe

      January 19, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      The ownership percentages of both of these players are really low. Eifert is higher and yes I agree that in deep dynasty leagues both of these players are owned, but I guarantee there are leagues out there that they both aren’t.

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