Draft Strategy

TE Strategy Guide

By Jared Smola 11:08am EDT 8/22/19

Invest or Stream?

One decision you’ll need to make before or during your draft is whether you want to invest in a (hopefully) every-week starter at TE or work the waiver wire all year and play matchups at the position (i.e. stream).

Streaming always sounds good in theory. There are only a handful of TEs to really get excited about. And you need to spend an early pick to land most of them.

The problem is that streaming doesn’t tend to work very well in practice. Matchups tend to matter less at TE vs. the other positions. And TE fantasy production is fueled largely by TDs, which are tough to project on a weekly basis.

Last year, 66 different TEs turned in at least 1 top-12 week. That’s good for streaming, right? Lots of fantasy-viable guys.

Here’s the problem: 25 of those 66 TEs (37.9%) had just 1 top-12 week. And another 14 of them (21.2%) had just 2 top-12 weeks. So about 60% of these TEs popped up for 1 or 2 useful games and then disappeared. That’s the danger with streaming.

So your best bet is to invest in a TE who you can roll with all season. The recommendation here is to draft 1 or 2 of our top 14 TEs.

Let’s take a look at how to handle that group of 14 …


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