Now that the NFL draft is behind us, it is time for fantasy football nuts to start breaking down the rookies.
Here’s the LestersLegends’ look at the 2013 NFL rookie tight end class.
1. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
Eifert caught 50 passes last year at Notre Dame for 685 yards and four touchdowns. He will team with Jermaine Gresham to give the Bengals a potent tight end set.
Eifert is a really nice option in dynasty leagues, but will take some time to develop as a rookie. He will likely go undrafted in re-draft leagues. I expect him to score six touchdowns given his size and jump-ball ability. He’ll likely be feast or famine.
2. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Kelce caught 45 passes last year for 722 yards and eight touchdowns for the Cincinnati Bearcats. He has good size, speed and blocking ability.
There are some character concerns, which should be the only thing that prevents him from seeing a heavy dose of snaps. He has the potential to be even better than Eifert. Kelce has value in dynasty leagues, but can be avoided in re-draft ones.
3. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Ertz averaged five touchdowns per season in his three years at Stanford. He took advantage of Coby Fleener’s departure to the tune of 69 catches for 898 yards and six touchdowns.
Ertz has good long-term potential, but Brent Celek and James Casey are blocking his path.
4. Gavin Escobar, Dallas Cowboys
Escobar averaged 661.5 yards and 6.5 touchdowns in the past two years at San Diego State. He will team with Jason Witten to provide the Cowboys’ version of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
He could eventually take over for Witten, but it could be a few years.
5. Vance McDonald, San Francisco 49ers
McDonald averaged 462 yards and five touchdowns over the past three years at Rice. He is playing behind Vernon Davis, but should see the field plenty. I expect consistency to be an issue.
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