Fantasy Football Tight End (TE)
What is a TE in Fantasy Football?
TE stands for tight end, an offensive player position that lines up on either side of the offensive line, in between one of the tackles and the receiver on that side. Tight ends are an important but sometimes overlooked position on fantasy football rosters. A great tight end could solidify your team as a championship contender, especially in a PPR league, but it is also possible to survive in the playoffs without one.
Drafting and Availability
Tight ends are a very tier-oriented position in fantasy. This means that there are a few players who are far and away the best every season, then a group substantially below them, and so on. The top tier tight ends will be taken around the fourth round, but it is still possible to find great value late in the draft. The risk with taking a tight end early is that you could be missing out on a running back or wide receiver who could earn significantly more points.
One of the reasons tight ends are not always desirable commodities is because of the way that NFL teams use them. Many teams utilize blocking ends more than pass-catching ones which have no fantasy value. Other teams feature a two tight end formation which limits the already few receptions even more.
Tight ends earn one fantasy point for every 10 receiving yards they accumulate and six points for every touchdown. In point per reception (PPR) leagues, tight ends will also receive one point for every reception they make. Tight ends rarely run the ball, so their primary way of gaining points is through the air. Being one of the larger and more physical positions, tight ends are often looked for in the red zone, which makes their touchdown production exceed other positions. They lose two points for every fumble lost.
Throughout the history of the NFL, the tight end position has evolved from being primarily a blocking position on the offensive line to becoming frequently used in the passing game. Therefore, the position has become much more valuable in fantasy football throughout time. Nowadays, tight ends are used both for blocking and receiving, resulting in a wide variety of fantasy value based on the team they play for and what systems they run.
The greatest fantasy season for a tight end was achieved by Rob Gronkowski in 2011. His 90 catches, 1,327 yards, and 18 touchdowns are astronomical numbers for a tight end, and they solidified him in the record books.
How do tight ends score in fantasy football?
Tight ends score points in fantasy football by making receptions, getting touchdowns, and racking up receiving yards. For every ten receiving yards, tight ends receive one point. A receiving touchdown yields tight ends six points. In point per reception (PPR) leagues, tight ends receive one point for every reception.
What is a TE in fantasy football?
In fantasy football, TE stands for Tight End. A tight end is an offensive player who lines up on either side of the field, between the tackle and wide receiver on that side of the field. Most tight ends help block defensive players from reaching the quarterback or running backs. Some tight ends also participate in passing plays as much as they block and are very valuable fantasy players.
How many tight ends should you draft in fantasy football?
In fantasy football, you should probably draft one tight end when making your roster. However, how much emphasis you place on a tight end pick during drafting depends on the type of league in which you play. Tight ends are valuable in every league, but they are even more valuable in PPR leagues where additional points are given for successful receptions. Also, if you play in a deep league, just one good tight end will be hard enough to get.