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Vance McDonald


Second-year tight end Jordan Akins will compete for playing time this preseason with the Texans. The team has rarely used tight ends as focal points, and likely won’t call on Akins for help unless decimated by injuries. Still searching for his first NFL touchdown after scoring two in his first preseason game, Akins is worth a bench spot in deep dynasty leagues but not seasonal formats.


Dwayne Allen signed with Miami this offseason, and he will likely be the No. 2 tight end behind Mike Gesicki. Allen is more of a blocker than a receiving option, and in two years with New England, he totaled just 13 catches for 113 yards and one touchdown on 26 targets. Maybe the Dolphins will use him as more of a receiver, but we doubt it. Ignore him in most leagues on Draft Day.


Mark Andrews was the Ravens’ most productive tight end last year, but it doesn’t mean he’s going to be a Fantasy hero this year. He led the position on the team in targets, catches, yards and touchdowns, but rarely was he good enough to warrant a lineup spot on a weekly basis. The Ravens love to use three or even four tight ends over the course of a game. They also plan on being more run-focused with Lamar Jackson under center. So even though Andrews did some nifty things last year, odds are he won’t help much in 2019.


Nick Boyle remains the Ravens’ top blocking tight end, which means he won’t help you much in Fantasy. He has averaged just over two targets per game through his four-year career. Don’t put him on your squad.


Cameron Brate has devolved into a touchdown-or-bust Fantasy tight end, which isn’t surprising given that he’s not even the best tight end on his own team. Gifted with a large contract extension last summer, Brate will fill a role doing more blocking than receiving. You may like to know that of Brate’s last 20 touchdowns over three years, 17 have come from Jameis Winston, 11 have come in Tampa Bay and all but one have come from inside 20 yards. He’s been above 60 yards eight times over those three years, including zero times in 2018. Feel free to start Brate whenever you have a hunch he’ll score a touchdown, but don’t go into Week 1 with him as your only tight end. Jimmy Graham, Trey Burton and Ian Thomas figure to be better late-round picks.


Trey Burton had a career-best season in 2018, but it still left Fantasy owners wanting more. Five of his six scores, 65 percent of his receiving yards and 92 of his 140 PPR Fantasy points came in his first eight games. Then his numbers dipped like the Chicagoland temperature in January (one touchdown in eight games) and left Fantasy owners upset. His targets per game were down only slightly, from 5.0 to 4.5 and his playing time never wavered, but his red-zone opportunities shrunk to just six in those last eight games. Despite that ugliness, he’s still the Bears’ top tight end and has the potential to regain a good role in the offense like he did last September and October. Provided he’s physically and mentally ready to contribute (he missed the Bears’ playoff game with a groin injury and reportedly had some anxiety issues during the season), consider taking a chance on him with a speculative late-round pick, even if you take a tight end earlier in the draft.

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