The great English playwright William Shakespeare once inquired, “To Tight End early or to not Tight End early? That is the question.” Okay, so it wasn’t Shakespeare that was me.
If you are like I am, I’m sure this question has gone through your head more than once. Like Lord Vader, I have chosen the dark side, and I choose to wait. Let’s glance over some targets that I feel you should be eyeing heading into the 2021 Fantasy Football season!
1. Irv Smith Jr. – Swervin Irv, as I like to call him, has quite the task on his hands this year with Kyle Rudolph out of town and going to the New York Giants.
With defenses aware of Justin Jefferson’s abilities and Thielen still being old reliable, Cousins will get soft spots in the middle of the field, especially against zone schemes due to the speed on the outsides. We saw Irv Swerve his way into TE4 after week 14, and Rudolph leaves behind 37 extra targets in an offense with limited pass catchers. Look for Irv Smith Jr. to make that 3rd-year break out we all expect!
2. Next, we have Blake Jarwin! I know what you’re thinking “Robbie covering a Cowboy?”
But hear me out, Dak is back, and that means volume is king in fantasy football. If Dalton Schultz can produce 83.5 fantasy points throughout 14 starts and still end TE14, as the backup, then sign me up for the healthy starting caliber TE in Jarwin!
3. Finally, enter Anthony Firkser! At this point, you’ve probably punted Tight End to the final rounds of your draft, and that’s okay. Why? Well, this guy is likely going to still be sitting there. Similar to what I mentioned above with Irv Smith, Firkser will see opportunities because of the talent around him. Sure the 44.7
Fantasy points and a TE32 finish doesn’t look sexy, but when you factor in Jonnu Smith no longer in town and defenses having to account for not only AJ Brown but now a HOF caliber receiver in Julio Jones. The talent around Firkser creates some big-time free opportunities for him to rack up easy first downs, quick pick-up situations, and maybe add in some YAC and an uptick in TDs with no other real Tight End competition on the roster! In other words, Tennessee is going to spread the ball around, and Firkser should benefit!
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