It’s that time of year once again! Football Absurdity will bring you a breakdown of every notable fantasy football-relevant player throughout June, July, and August. We’ve run through 20 quarterbacks, 40 running backs, and 50 wide receivers! Let’s turn our attention to the position some hate so much they want to ditch it entirely. That’s right, it’s time for the tight end fantasy football previews!
Evan Engram ADP & AAV:
Average Draft Position (HPPR): TE18, Pick 156
Average Auction Value: $1 (T-TE19)
Evan Engram Statistics:
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2021 Evan Engram Fantasy Football Overview:
Evan Engram had… way… too many drops last year. He registered eleven drops (10.1% drop rate) after notching just six in the last two years combined, at a sub-5% drop rate. So, one of two things is true: the drops were fluky, or Evan Engram completely forgot how football works. I am going to go with the first, and bank on the targets being total flukes.
Even with the drops last year, Evan Engram still ranked among the tight end leaders in both receptions and yardage, notching 63 and 654, respectively (these ranked fifth and eighth among tight ends last year). His big bugaboo was not drops, it was his two total touchdowns (one rushing). If Engram had just scored touchdowns at his league-average rate, he would have ended up with six total touchdowns (five receiving). Six touchdowns would have vaulted Engram from TE16 to TE7, between Logan Thomas and Mike Gesicki.
2021 Evan Engram Draft Strategy:
Evan Engram is the #15 tight end off the board and doesn’t get drafted according to ADP in any ten-team leagues. Fix this? He’s an upside tight end in the mold of Jonnu Smith and is probably a better bet to turn in a good season than Cole Kmet if we are being honest. The Giants added some weapons but Engram is still the third-best target on an offense that will likely throw a lot.
This year, I’m advocating getting two upside tight ends after TE12, and seeing what happens. Evan Engram fits that to a tee. Let’s not forget that he had one of the best (if not the best) rookie tight end seasons of all time in the deep dark recesses of 2017. I am an advocate of taking two cheap tight ends this offseason and seeing what happens. Evan Engram is a great bet to be one of those cheap tight ends who could pop off this year.
Best Case Scenario:
He returns to his career norms and is a top-ten tight end.
Worst Case Scenario:
He doesn’t return to his career norms and you wasted a fourteenth-round pick. The horror!
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[Statistics are sourced from pro-football-reference.com, airyards.com, and ftnfantasy.com]
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