Fantasy Football: 5 Potential Rookie TE Stars in 2014
Rookie TE Stars To Draft In 2014
Drafting the right tight end can be the equivalent of having an extra wide receiver or running back in your starting lineup. Luckily for fantasy football players, the 2014 NFL Draft has several tight ends who could become instant fantasy stars.
Finding a reliable tight end in fantasy football can be very difficult. The best players at this position are normally consistent from season to season, but they are normally drafted in the early rounds. If you do not want to spend an early-round pick on a tight end, your team will have a player who may only score two to five points each week.
The usual suspects of Jimmy Graham, Vernon Davis, Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten normally represent the top-10 scoring tight ends in fantasy football, but this rookie class has the ability to produce fantasy starters. Graham posting 16 touchdowns and 1,215 receiving yards in 2013 will not be replicated by any of these young players, but the 13 touchdowns and 850 receiving yards of Davis could be matched.
For fantasy players, one of the most important things to watch for in this draft is if the New England Patriots will select a new tight end. Rob Gronkowski is about one big hit away from never playing football again, so the Patriots will need to evaluate if it will target a tight end in free agency or the draft.
Instead of drafting Jared Cook for another season and hoping that it will be his year again, I advise fantasy players to take a chance on a rookie tight end. The best thing about drafting a rookie tight end will be that you can get one for dirt cheap. If you are unable to grab Graham, Davis or Witten, grab one of the potential studs listed in the next few slides.
Here are my potential rookie fantasy football tight end stars in 2014.
5. Arthur Lynch
At 6-foot-5 and 258 pounds, Arthur Lynch will become the new favorite target of whatever quarterback he finds himself with. Lynch is a very good blocker, and this will allow him to work himself into the offense quickly. With five touchdowns and 459 receiving yards on only 30 receptions in 2013, this young tight end could become a fantasy star very quickly.
4. Jake Murphy
Jake Murphy is known for excellent route-running and great hands. At 6-foot-4 and 249 pounds, Murphy is ready to make an impact on any team. With 417 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns in 2013, Murphy could quickly double those stats in 2014.
3. Jace Amaro
The fact that Jace Amaro has been predicted to be drafted by the Patriots should have fantasy football players drooling. In 2013, Amaro had 1,352 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. One can only imagine what Bill Belichick can do with this 6-foot-5 beast.
2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Austin Seferian-Jenkins may not have elite speed, but he is a solid route-runner who will be difficult to cover. With 1,302 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns between 2012 to 2013, the 6-foot-5 tight end is someone you need to have on your radar.
1. Eric Ebron
Eric Ebron is considered by many to be the next Jimmy Graham. A strong, athletic and quick player, Ebron should be the best rookie tight end in fantasy football in 2014. With 973 receiving yards and three touchdowns in 2013, Ebron should have an impressive first-year in the pros.