Last minute fantasy drafts will going on non-stop right up until Thursday and if you miss out on a top-five tight end, don’t give up hope just yet.
Here are three tight ends that might turn out to be more productive than several tight ends that are ranked above them. If you haven’t drafted yet, you might want to consider drafting one of these guys with one of your later round picks.
Zach Sudfield, the 6′ 7″ 255 pound rookie tight end for the New England Patriots is poised to be a major target for Tom Brady this year. With the Patriots deciding to cut ties with Jake Ballard and Daniel Fells, Sudfeld will be the only tight end catching balls from Brady until Rob Gronkowski is healthy enough to play. If New England continues to run the ball well, Sudfeld should have a lot of success in the red zone and on play action passes. Even when Gronkowski comes back, expect there to be two productive tight ends in New England.
Jordan Cameron, the 6’ 5” third year tight end for the Cleveland Browns might surprise some people this year. Some experts think he has top 5 potential, while most have him barely cracking the top 10. With the arrival of Norv Turner as the offensive coordinator in Cleveland, Cameron’s productivity could increase quite a bit. If Turner can get Brandon Weeden to turn it on and look Cameron’s way, the 25-year-old could be a very productive tight end this year.
Julius Thomas was named the Denver Broncos starting tight end over the weekend. With his 6’ 5, 245 pound frame, Julius Thomas is another big target for Peyton Manning in the red zone. Thomas was heavily targeted during the pre-season and produced well enough to earn the starting job. Manning always looks for his tight ends in the end zone and Thomas should benefit greatly.
Tight ends didn’t put monster numbers in Denver last season because Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreesen split time together last season. Denver will be working plenty of sets with Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas on the field at the same time so Thomas should enjoy plenty of single tight end formations. If you have room on your bench for a second tight end, you might want to consider taking a flyer on Thomas because if he has a good first game, he will be gone by Week 2.