Rob Gronkowski is still the undisputed king of the tight end position, but trailing him is a plethora of intriguing options for owners who prefer to draft a tight end late and stream the position during the fantasy season.
Here are three tight ends going undrafted in many fantasy leagues who have a chance to be this year’s waiver-wire hero.
Average draft position (ADP) data courtesy of FantasyPros and is based on 12-team leagues with standard scoring.
Austin Hooper, Falcons
Hooper made a little noise as a rookie last season – including catching a touchdown in the Super Bowl – but only scratched the surface of his capabilities. Reports out of Falcons minicamp suggest he’s looking more like a veteran and should feature in a dynamic passing attack that doesn’t have a locked-in second option behind Julio Jones. Hooper should be on every fantasy owner’s watch list.
Dwayne Allen, Patriots
One of the first moves the Super Bowl champions made this offseason was acquiring Allen from the Colts via trade. While Allen never reached his potential in Indianapolis and frustrated his fantasy owners, the Bill Belichick seal of approval counts for a lot. With Gronkowski returning from back surgery and at risk of re-injury, Allen’s fantasy value could skyrocket.
Erik Swoope, Colts
Jack Doyle is the Colts’ presumptive starting tight end and will be drafted in most fantasy leagues, but the second man on the depth chart is worth monitoring. A highly athletic former basketball player, Swoope produced several big plays last season and could be in line for more work this year. If he and Andrew Luck establish a connection in the red zone, Swoope could become a viable tight end in deeper fantasy leagues.
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