3 Tight Ends With Tough Fantasy Strength of Schedules In 2015
For the past couple months, I’ve named a trio players at each position that either have very good Fantasy strength of schedules for 2015 or very bad ones, depending on who their NFL teams were facing in the upcoming season.
For the players with good Fantasy strength of schedules, we already covered:
Then, we started looking at those players with tough Fantasy strength of schedules in 2015, including:
This week, we’re going to take a look at three tight ends that face tough schedules in 2015, with some pretty good passing defenses looking to shut them down.
For the purpose of these articles, we’re using the 2015 Fantasy Strength of Schedule chart over at FFToolbox.com, which is one of my Top 33 Free Fantasy Football Draft Tools You MUST Use.
One of the biggest reasons I love this draft tool so much is because they break down the Fantasy strength of schedules in five-week increments, between Weeks 1-5, 6-10 and 11-15. This can help you figure out which players should start off with an easy schedule, only to suddenly have much harder schedules, or vice-versa.
That means you should think about trading for some tight ends right when the schedule lightens up, or think about trading away a tight end when things are about to get difficult.
3 TIGHT ENDS WITH TOUGH FANTASY STRENGTH OF SCHEDULES IN 2015
These three tight ends are all facing tough pass defenses based on stats from 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.
Delanie Walker, Tennessee
Walker is already coming off a career year in his second season under head coach Ken Whisenhunt, as he caught 63 passes for 890 yards and four touchdowns with the Titans last season. And while having a rookie quarterback is usually a good thing for dump-offs to the tight end, Walker has the toughest schedule for all tight ends in 2015. As a matter of fact, the first two games of their first five games of the 2015 season are against the two stingiest defenses against tight ends last year (Buffalo and Miami).
Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati
Many people are piling onto Eifert’s Fantasy bandwagon, as he comes off a dislocated elbow injury, with former tight end cohort Jermaine Gresham playing in Arizona now. But Eifert has a tough road to hoe, even though it’s likely he’ll be Andy Dalton’s second-favorite target after A.J. Green. As a backup Fantasy tight end, you could do much worse than Eifert, no matter the schedule. But then again, I’d rather have the upside of Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph.
Julius Thomas, Jacksonville
There are many red flags surrounding Thomas’ upcoming season in Jacksonville, and Rotowire.com’s Chris Liss said he would rather have 49ers TE Vernon Davis over him on SiriusXM Radio. Thomas has a broken hand that has limited him all preseason, and he’s in his first year in J-Ville after signing a big deal this offseason coming over from Denver. His stats took a sharp dive after an ankle injury in Week 9 last year, and he hasn’t been a picture of health in any other part of his career either. If you take a chance on him as your starter, near the back end of your draft, think about picking up someone like Rudolph or Heath Miller as a backup.
If you’ve already drafted one of these tight ends with tough Fantasy strength of schedules in 2015, then think about picking up a backup off of waivers once those begin in your league.
Delanie Walker Photo Credit: Sam Greenwood, Getty Images
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