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Draft TEs on Good Offenses (Duh!)

By Jared Smola | Updated on Mon, 22 Apr 2024 . 1:15 PM EDT

Fantasy football doesn’t have to be complicated.

Take TEs, for example. We can boost our odds of drafting a late-round gem at the position just by targeting guys on good offenses.

26 TEs were drafted outside the top 12 and then finished inside the top 12 in half-PPR points per game over the past 5 seasons. Here are those 26 guys, along with their team’s rank that year in total yards. Top 10 offenses are highlighted in green; bottom 10 in red.

13 of those 26 value TEs played on offenses that finished top 10 in total yards. By comparison, just 6 played on bottom-10 offenses. In other words, your odds of hitting on a late-round TE more than doubled by drafting a guy in a good offense.

Seems obvious, right? Draft TEs on good offenses.

But ADP doesn’t necessarily reflect it. Here are TEs 13 through 24 in current Underdog ADP – and then my projection of which guys will be on top 10 and bottom 10 offenses.

Targets:

Albert Okwuegbunam, Broncos

The Broncos finished 19th in total yards last year but have a good chance to jump into the top 10 with QB Russell Wilson in town. That’s good news for Okwuegbunam, who ranked 6th in yards per route run and 11th in Pro Football Focus receiving grade among 35 qualifying TEs last year. He’ll need to hold off 3rd-round rookie Greg Dulcich for the lead job. If he does, there’s top-12 upside here.

Gerald Everett, Chargers

The 2021 Chargers ranked 4th in total yards (and 5th in points). They return the majority of last year’s squad, with Everett replacing TE Jared Cook. Cook finished just 19th among TEs in half-PPR points per game last year, but the Chargers obviously believe that Everett is an upgrade.

Tyler Higbee, Rams

Higbee just missed the top 12 last year, tying for 14th in half-PPR points per game. He ranked 11th in expected half-PPR points per game, so the opportunity was there. Higbee should return to a very similar role in 2022.

Cameron Brate, Buccaneers

Brate isn’t a very good player, finishing bottom 5 among 35 qualifying TEs in yards per target, yards per route run, Pro Football Focus receiving grade and Football Outsiders DVOA last year. He could lose playing time to rookie TEs Cade Otton and/or Ko Kieft. But there’s also a chance that Brate just stumbles into 6-8 TDs with QB Tom Brady. Bucs TEs have totaled 11 TDs in each of the last 2 seasons.

Hayden Hurst, Bengals

He’s unlikely to command a bunch of targets as long as WRs Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd are healthy, but Hurst could easily score 6-8 TDs in this high-powered Bengals offense. C.J. Uzomah tallied 5 TDs and finished tied for 19th in half-PPR points per game as Cincinnati’s lead TE last year.

Other rankings are stale  before the 2nd round.

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