Fantasy football tight ends are mostly a dime a dozen. Of course Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham are top fantasy keepers, but once they’re gone, which players can really provide a spark for your fantasy football team? In this year’s draft, your best bet is to wait until the later rounds and pick a viable pass-catcher to fill that slot. The tight end you want to target is Tampa’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins who should be one of this season’s top fantasy sleeper picks.
If he can stay healthy, Seferian-Jenkins is poised to have a huge year and everyone is going to be sleeping on him: everyone except for you. Here are three reasons why you should draft ASJ in your league and sit back while the points roll in week after week.
First, at 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, Seferian-Jenkins is the perfect mold for the position. What makes him standout though is his great hands and unusual speed for someone of that size. During his rookie campaign, Seferian-Jenkins was hobbled by injuries and could never really get into a rhythm. He played in nine games recording 21 receptions and two touchdowns.
“I just need to stay healthy,” Seferian-Jenkins told ESPN reporter Pat Yasinkas. “If I stay healthy — which I will — I’ll have a great year. Not worried about that.”
Second, new offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter, is the greatest thing to happen to tight ends ever. Yes. Ever. In 2010, he helped Jaguars tight end, Marcedes Lewis punch a ticket to the Pro Bowl. The following three years he helped revive the career of Hall of Fame tight end, Tony Gonzalez. Gonzalez statistically had his best year as a Falcon in 2012 with Koetter as the tight end coach for the full season. With Koetter at the helm in Tampa Bay, expect good things from ASJ.
Lastly, and perhaps the reason that everyone overlooks, Jameis Winston LOVES to throw to his tight end. Florida State tight end, Nick O’Leary was made a star catching balls from Heisman winner Winston. In his first two years as a Seminole, O’Leary hauled in 33 receptions for 416 yards and four touchdowns. In his final two years with Winston, O’Leary caught 81 balls for 1,175 yards and 13 touchdowns. If Winston can make a star out of this undersized, 6th round draft pick, just marvel at what he’ll do with the 2nd round stud out of University of Washington.
A rookie quarterback’s best friend is the tight end position. When defenses are scrambling to defend against the two big receivers on the outside, expect Seferian-Jenkins to run up the seam wide open. That’s a touchdown for Tampa Bay and a touchdown for your fantasy team.