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2014 Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: 5 Reasons You Should Wait To Draft a TE

2014 Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: 5 Reasons To Wait On a TE

Jimmy Graham, 2014 Fantasy Football
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Fantasy football draft prep is now going, and forming your personal strategy is important.

When it comes to drafting a tight end, there's a few philosophies. Taking an elite option and forgetting about it until his bye week, waiting while stockpiling depth at other positions or anything in between can all be a viable approach.

Here are five reasons you should wait to secure a tight end in your fantasy drafts and auctions this year.

5. If You're Not One Of the First, Be One Of the Last

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5. If You're Not One Of the First, Be One Of the Last

Matthew Berry
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I'm stealing this one from ESPN's Matthew Berry, but being among the first to draft a tight end or one of the last is sound strategy. More on this as we go along.

4. Plenty of Options On the Waiver Wire

Julius Thomas Denver Broncos
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4. Plenty of Options On the Waiver Wire

Julius Thomas Denver Broncos
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It's fair to assume Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas went undrafted in a lot of leagues last year, but he became a popular waiver wire pickup after a big game in Week 1 and finished as the third-highest scoring tight end in ESPN leagues (65 receptions for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns). That's a unique case, but it also points what can be found on the waiver wire at tight end.

3. Depth

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3. Depth

Martellus Bennett Chicago Bears
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In ESPN standard scoring last year nine tight ends posted at least 100 points and a 10th, Martellus Bennett, came close (96 points). Not included in that group is Rob Gronkowski, Kyle Rudolph, Dennis Pitta and Jordan Reed, who all missed at least seven games in 2013 and could finish as top-10 fantasy tight ends this year.

2. After Jimmy Graham, The Drop-Off Is Minimal

Vernon Davis San Francisco 49ers
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2. After Jimmy Graham, The Drop-Off Is Minimal

Vernon Davis San Francisco 49ers
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New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham outscored second-place Vernon Davis by 55 points in ESPN standard leagues in 2013. The next nine tight ends, starting with Davis, were separated by 60 points. If you don't want to use a first-round pick or significant auction money on Graham, you're better off waiting awhile to draft a tight end.

1. Using an Early Pick on a Tight End Is Generally Bad Strategy

Jimmy Graham New Orleans Saints
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1. Using an Early Pick on a Tight End Is Generally Bad Strategy

Jimmy Graham New Orleans Saints
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Even with Graham's wide receiver-like production, I'd rather use a first-round pick on another position and add depth at those spots before drafting a tight end in most cases.