The tight end position in recent memory has been a mess! Regardless of Gronk, Jordan Reed, Tyler Eifert etc. one thing that always lingered around them was the injuries that came along. Other than that you were pretty much set at the TE spot with one of those guys so to speak, but other than outside of Greg Olson and maybe Delanie Walker you’re pretty much streaming the position throughout the season, and trying to figure out which games the guy you chose was going to breakout was stressful enough. Looking to the 2017 season the position is getting a lot better slowly, but surely. If you miss out on Gronk or Reed and prefer to grab a TE or two later in the draft here are some guys who can help you prevent from streaming the position.

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5. Dennis Pitta

Pitta hasn’t been fantasy football relevant since 2012, and prior to 2016 he hasn’t stepped on the field due to serious hip injuries in that time, but he did show some flashes of a relevant fantasy player. The good thing is Pitta was able to finish the season healthy playing all 16 games, and although he had 2-3 good games fantasy wise last year he should be a strong candidate to have a bounce back season this year. Don’t forget he lost his QB last season due to injury, and he is currently the top TE on the team going forward. Pitta has the third easiest schedule for TEs.

4. Zach Miller

Zach Miller has the 2nd easiest schedule for TEs in 2017, but the reason he isn’t ranked higher is because of his QB situation. If Mike Glennon is starting then that’s great news for Miller owners, but if its Trubisky then we have no idea of what the rookie is going to do. The positive for Miller is that the TE’s are usually a safety blanket for any QB in general. Miller suffered a season ending foot injury in week 11, but he is healthy now and will likely be involved heavily yet again in a run heavy offense for the Bears.

3. Jack Doyle

After the first two guys I mentioned it’s a bit odd that I have Doyle third on this list as he has the 27th easiest schedule for TEs in 2017, but look Andrew Luck is still going to throw the ball a million times a game and with Dwayne Allen no longer in Indianapolis, Erik Swoope is the only threat to Doyle in this offense, but I’ll prefer Doyle over the rookie here. If you’re still not sold on that even with Allen as the #1 TE for the Colts last season Doyle still finished as the 13th best TE in fantasy in 2016, so obviously I expected him to crack the top 10 with Allen gone. Not to mention Andrew Luck targets his TEs over 20% of the time every season. If you’re anywhere between the 11-13th rd with no TE why not take a gamble on a possible low-end TE 1.

2. Cameron Brate

Cameron Brate has the 5th easiest schedule among TEs, and he could very likely finish pretty high in the top 10 when the seasons over. Yes O.J. Howard is looming right behind him here for targets, but until Howard blossoms into the offense Brate is the guy you want on the Bucs. He’ll remain a top red-zone monster for Winston, and you can bet on him landing in the end-zone when Winston looks his way. Brate scored eight TDs last season which automatically moves him to TE 1 status going into drafts.

1. Hunter Henry

Henry was boom or bust for me last season at times, and in week 16 when the Chargers lost to Cleveland, Henry cost me a championship by putting up a big fat zero on my team when I needed him the most. Fast forward to now there’s no love lost, and you can bet on me riding Henry on my team if I get the chance to draft him again this year. Henry has the 18th easiest schedule for TEs. Antonio Gates will have his moments with veteran QB Philip Rivers, he’s also well aware the Henry will be the featured TE for the Chargers in 2017. Henry finished as the 11th best TE in his rookie season, and a lot of that was due to Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin, Danny Woodhead and Antonio Gates being hurt throughout the season, but I’m not buying it as a fluke. Even with the addition of Mike Williams and Keenan Allen coming back healthy, I believe Henry made a splash in his rookie season stepping up big time for Rivers for him to lose any relevance going into 2017.

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