I am a firm believer in the idea that having an elite tight end will yield more victories, as it is the position that separates you from the pack.
Every week, Yahoo, ESPN, and DFS sites tend to over-project players, thus giving you confidence in your matchup. But what happens when your so-so fantasy wide receiver such as Brandin Cooks (editor's note: h8 u) is projected 19 points in PPR but only gets you 9? Having that elite tight end option could be the difference between winning and losing because elite tight ends are so hard to come by.
So what are our options? Of course Rob Gronkowski is a first round talent, but what about the rest of the bunch? Jimmy Graham used to be elite, and still has the opportunity in Seattle. Jordan Reed has emerged as a top talent for fantasy purposes, but some are still hesitant to name him elite due to his seemingly constant injury concerns.
The top 8 fantasy tight ends last year in PPR were as follows: Gronk (255.6), Delanie Walker (244.4), Jordan Reed (244.2), Gary Barnidge (237.3), Greg Olsen (227.4), Tyler Eifert (191.5), Benjamin Watson (190.5), and Travis Kelce (189.5).
As you can see, my boy Greggy had a stellar year, but still finished fifth. While that isn’t bad, is he really the fifth best tight end?
He’s better than that, but don’t take my word for it. Let’s look at the stats!
Now, I’m going to be a little biased here, but I think it’s for good measure. I’m not even going to consider Gary Barnidge or Benjamin Watson as candidates to draft before Olsen. If you don’t understand why, you probably come in last every year in your league.
Over the last two seasons, Greg Olsen has finished 2nd in receptions (161), 2nd in yards (2112), and 2nd in TDs (13) among the five tight ends mentioned above. Can you guess the player above him in each category? Use context clues. It’s Gronk (174 Receptions, 2300 Yards, and 23 TDs).
Walker finished 3rd in receptions (157), 3rd in yards (1978), and 4th in TDs (10). Reed finished 5th in receptions (137) 5th in yards (1417) and 3rd in TDs (3rd). Kelce was 5th in receptions (139), 4th in yards (1737), and 4th in TDs (10). Eifert has an unfair disadvantage, as his 2014 season was only one game due to injury, but he did still finish 2nd in TDs over the two years.
As much as it pains me to say, Greg Olsen isn’t the best tight end in the league.
However, there is a reason for him ending up on my roster every year. While he may not be the best, he is, technically over the last two seasons, the second best.
His statistics combined with the fact that he has never missed a game in his career gives me enough confidence to believe that he won’t let down this year. I can understand if you don’t want to spend that first round pick on Gronk because I sure as hell won’t, but you should definitely consider spending a third or fourth rounder on Greggy.