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Michael Mayer Dynasty Fantasy Football Value

By Kevin English | Updated on Thu, 13 Jul 2023 . 2:27 PM EDT

 

Michael Mayer, TE, Raiders

Height: 6’4 1/2
Weight: 252
BMI: 29.9
Age: 21.8
NFL Draft Pick: Round 2, Pick 4
Draft Sharks Model Score: 8.08
Analytics Score: 0.62
Film Score: 0.61
Production Score: 0.70

Michael Mayer Dynasty Fantasy Football Value

With a pro-ready frame and skill set, Mayer could have started for NFL teams last season

Instead, he enjoyed his most productive campaign at Notre Dame. The junior ranked top 3 among FBS TEs in catches, yards, and TDs.

Throughout his career, Mayer showed he could adjust to different starting QBs. 

Three, actually. Plus a pair of head coaches.

So what does that say about Mayer’s dynasty fantasy football value?

NFL Team Fit: Las Vegas Raiders

Last month, Mayer surprisingly dropped to Round 2. The upshot is that he landed on a team with no clear TE starter. Vegas' depth chart currently includes an uninspiring veteran duo of Austin Hooper and O.J. Howard.

At bottom, the smart money is on Mayer developing into at least a fantasy spot-starter by Year 2. Although he’s not a top-flight athlete — think Pat Freiermuth or Dalton Schultz – those types have a place as useful TE1s. 

Vegas' ability to find its long-term QB will be critical. But the way this roster is constructed -- in a brutal AFC -- says there's a decent chance Vegas holds a top-10 pick next year. The 2024 draft class includes several high-end QB prospects, including USC's Caleb Williams and UNC's Drake Maye.

Note: Jimmy Garoppolo is signed for two seasons. The Raiders could release him next year -- if they're willing to absorb a $11.25 million dead cap hit.

Training camp will ultimately show Mayer's readiness for a fantasy-friendly role. We'll also keep an eye on Hunter Renfrow, a rumored trade candidate. His departure would open up more opportunities for the rookie. 

*See where Michael Mayer sits in our updated TE dynasty rankings.

Dynasty Valuation

Our Dynasty Draft War Room assigns dynamic player values based on your league’s specific settings. These DMVP values range from 100 to 0, with 100 being the most valuable player in your league and 0 being the worst rostered player. Use these values to compare players at the same position and across positions for help with draft, trade and add/drop decisions.

Michael Mayer Dynasty Values:

  • Dynasty: 1-QB, Non-PPR -- 38.1
  • Dynasty: 1-QB, PPR -- 32.6
  • Dynasty: 1-QB, PPR, TE Premium -- 30.7
  • Dynasty: Superflex, Non-PPR -- 30.5
  • Dynasty: Superflex, PPR -- 29.3
  • Dynasty: Superflex, PPR, TE Premium: -- 38.8

*To see the Michael Mayer dynasty fantasy football value for your league setup, visit the Dynasty Draft War Room.

Michael Mayer Combine Results

Wingspan: 76.2"
Arm length: 31.6"
Hand size: 9.5"
40-yard dash: 4.70 seconds
10-yard split: 1.66 seconds
Bench press: DNP
Vertical: 32.5”
Broad jump: 9'10”
3-cone drill: DNP

Michael Mayer wasn't a dominant tester at the Combine, but his overall profile shows plenty of fantasy football upside.

Percentiles vs. Combine tight ends since 1999, per MockDraftable.

At his Pro Day, Mayer weighed in at 252 pounds. He told reporters that he played this past season at 260-265 pounds.

Michael Mayer Stats

Year Games TGT recyardsyprtds
2020 12 59 4245010.72
2021 12 95 7184011.87
2022 12 101 6780912.19

Instant Impact

A top-5 TE recruit, Mayer quickly earned snaps for the Fighting Irish.

In fact, as a 19-year-old true freshman, he tied for the team lead in targets and catches.

Turns out, this was just the beginning of a special career.

Mayer Picks Up Steam

2021 brought a QB change to South Bend, but Mayer left no doubt about who was the team’s No. 1 pass catcher.

Check out these WR-like market shares:

Target share: 22.9%
Reception share: 24.5%
Yardage share: 22.8%
Receiving TD share: 23.3%

Mayer hit 50 yards in 10 of 12 games; 100 yards in 2 contests. He did so despite a midseason adductor strain that forced one absence.

Another QB change came in 2022, plus a coaching change, with Brian Kelly bolting for LSU.

Mayer, though, couldn’t have cared less.

Production Reaches New Heights

Mayer showed he could carry the passing attack as a sophomore.

As a junior, he did it again – while adding a few exclamation points.

Just look at these insane numbers:

Target share: 31.9%
Reception share: 31.7%
Yardage share: 30.0%
Receiving TD share: 36.0%

Yeah. We’re talkin’ prime DeAndre Hopkins-level involvement.

And that's with Mayer opting out of Notre Dame’s bowl game. Still, he became the only FBS TE to reach 800 yards in 2021 and 2022.

So now you know about the numbers. But does the tape show a guy with future dynasty fantasy football value?

Michael Mayer Highlights

Games watched: Ohio State (2022), USC (2022), BYU (2022), Marshall (2022), USC (2021)

Meat and Potatoes

Mayer isn’t the tastiest dish on the TE menu...

(That distinction goes to Dalton Kincaid.)

The Notre Dame record-holder doesn’t showcase top-end speed. And he’s not the best post catch.

But his strengths? They're five-star quality.

Chief among them – strong hands and contested catch ability:

Michael Mayer's contested catch ability helps improve his dynasty fantasy stock.

Mayer caught 65.4% of his contested-catch opportunities last year, per Pro Football Focus. Only 6 qualifying TEs beat that mark.

His drop rate over the past two seasons? Only 5%.

Boxes … checked.

Even on deep balls, Mayer showed well. Over the past 2 seasons, he tallied six scores of 20+ yards; four of those from 40+.

Michael Mayer was a strong TD producer at Notre Dame. Another boost to his dynasty fantasy stock.

The clip below displays a nice, full-extension grab.

It’s worth noting, though, that Mayer measured in with just seventh-percentile arm length at the NFL Combine. We’ll see if those even tighter windows prove tricky in the pros.

Michael Mayer has a short wingspan, but it didn't prove problematic in college.

There’s little doubt over his play strength and toughness – both as a blocker and a pass catcher. In the last clip, he quickly sheds the DB before making another physical grab.

Michael Mayer can create separation with strong hands and physicality.

Productive and polished, Mayer projects as a high-floor dynasty asset. But how does he stack up vs. the rookies -- and the veterans? Find out by visiting our updated dynasty ranks.
  

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Kevin English, Senior Analyst
Kevin brings 15 years of experience as a fantasy analyst and mid-stakes competitor across various formats (redraft, best ball, dynasty, DFS). His work has been featured on The Mercury News, Rotoworld, and FantasyPros.
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