The tight end position has become increasingly important in recent fantasy football seasons, as more and more tight ends have emerged as legitimate scoring threats. However, it has also created more sleepers to be found in the later rounds of the draft. One tight end that will fall into this mid-rond sleeper category this summer will be Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz.
Ertz looked much more comfortable with QB Nick Foles under center last season. In the 10 games in which Foles started, the tight end caught four touchdown and had four games with over 40 receiving yards. The duo will only mature more as they grow together and they will be much better with another offseason to improve.
Ertz is a very athletic tight end and he knows who to get downfield. He quickly earned the trust of head coach Chip Kelly and the youngster will be much more involved in the team’s offense in 2014.
Ertz does have competition at the tight end spot in Philly, as they still have veteran Brent Celek on the roster. Celek isn’t a top-tier option by any means, but he knows the game well and will have occasional big performances. The mere presence of Celek will occasionally cut into the overall fantasy performance of Ertz throughout the year.
Ertz, despite his improved numbers with Foles under center, still had a rather timid rookie season. He finished with 469 yards and had just one game with over 60 receiving yards. He was 21st at his position in receiving yardage and the second round pick didn’t quite have that breakout season many thought he was going to have.
Ertz can be a low-end starter in leagues with 10-plus owners and will be an underrated connection to pair up with Foles. However, there are many more established ahead of him right now, so don’t fall in love with the potential just yet.
Bye Week: 7
Projected Round: 13
Auction Value: $9