Zach Ertz, Eagles: A solid fantasy option last year, with 702 yards and three touchdowns, Ertz will again attempt to dominate on the depth chart over veteran Brent Celek. Already a pass good catcher with solid hands and blocking ability, Ertz will see his role in the Eagles offense increase with the departure of Jeremy Maclin. Although he is the 8th tight end projected to be drafted in fantasy leagues, his ceiling is higher than what experts predict; in a dangerous offense, Ertz will take the call and rise to stardom.
Eric Ebron, Lions: After a disappointing rookie season in which he was drafted with the tenth overall pick, Ebron will look to catch the eye of fantasy owners and Lions personnel alike. He collected only 248 catches on 25 receptions and one touchdown, and never had more than 38 yards in a game. The 6’4, 225-pound weapon out of North Carolina does possess a unique mix of size and speed and was heralded to be one of the best tight end prospects of this decade, potentially surpassing even Jimmy Graham. With such a high ceiling, it is only a matter of time before Ebron explodes for a wealth of fantasy points.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Buccaneers: Another potential sensation with an underwhelming rookie season, Seferian-Jenkins struggled to collect yards while battling injuries last season. After missing games due to back and ankle injuries, the sophomore out of Washington will join Vincent Jackson in headlining a very weak receiving corps in Tampa Bay. With good hands and size and a definite weapon for Josh McCown, Seferian-Jenkins will provide a solid amount of points for fantasy owners.
Jace Amaro, Jets: The list of disappointing rookies continues with the Jets’ own Jace Amaro. With the highest drop rate for tight ends (min. 10 catches), Amaro was constantly battling for playing time with Jeff Cumberland. However, the Jets are looking to shift to play a spread offense, which Amaro has already experienced playing at Texas Tech. If he stays healthy, Amaro will undoubtedly haul in more points than his projections (24th TE off the boards) predict.
Richard Rodgers, Packers: Rodgers, drafted out of Cal in the third round, is a somewhat valuable fantasy option primarily due to the dangerous abilities of the Packers’ passing game. Fellow Golden Bear Aaron Rodgers commands his wideouts with ease, and last season saw Richard Rodgers nab receptions because opposing defenses were preoccupied with the likes of Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson. Look for similar, but better, numbers this year. Though Rodgers lacks explosive speed to make defenders miss, he is in a good place with the Packers and will get a steady amount of targets.