3 Tight Ends with Strong 2015 Fantasy Strength of Schedules
Recently, we’ve been going through each position and taking a look at the players with the best upcoming NFL schedules in 2015, based on the opposing defenses against their particular position from last year. Basically, which players are expected to play against relatively weak defenses against their particular positions?
We use the 2015 Fantasy Strength of Schedules for Tight Ends posted over at FFToolbox.com, and they do a great job of splitting up the portions of the season into thirds. In other words, they also show the best strengths of schedules in the first five weeks, the middle five weeks and Weeks 11-15. That helps you know who has a tough schedule early, but an easy schedule later.
This is very useful for thinking about players to draft and trade away, or to avoid in the draft, then trade in the middle of the season when their value is low.
3 Tight Ends with Good 2015 Fantasy Strength of Schedules
These three tight ends are all facing competition that struggled to stop tight ends in 2014. Obviously, offseason maneuvers, including free-agent signings and departures, as well as draft picks, could change a defense’s ranking in 2015. But this is still a good place to start.
1. Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams
The Rams have the softest schedule for Fantasy tight ends this season. They also have the softest schedule to start the season, with games against Seattle, Washington, Pittsburgh, Arizona and Green Bay – with all five ranking in the bottom half against tight ends last season.
Cook will have to build a rapport with new quarterback Nick Foles, but that shouldn’t be an issue, considering the general weakness surrounding their wide receivers.
2. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Cook’s old teammate, Sam Bradford, will be throwing to Ertz this season, and the Eagles have nearly as soft a schedule as the Rams.
The Eagles have an really good schedule in the first five weeks of the season, as they face the Falcons, Cowboys, Jets, Redskins and Saints. From the second week to the fourth week, Ertz should have huge games.
One should also note that the Patriots have the best Fantasy schedule for a tight end from Weeks 6-10, so trade for Gronk before that!
3. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
Rudolph returns healthy in Minnesota and the offense has plenty of talent this year compared to last, with Adrian Peterson returning, Mike Wallace coming aboard and Teddy Bridgewater developing in his sophomore year.
Rudolph should also get a chance to dominate in the Fantasy playoffs, as the Vikings have the easiest Fantasy strength of schedule in Weeks 14-16.
With Fantasy Football drafts still a few weeks away, offseason exercises like this are important to do, giving you a leg up knowing what Fantasy Strength of Schedules might be.
Zach Ertz Photo Credit: Mitchell Leff, Getty Images
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