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 continue with the tight ends. Today, we take a look at a tight end who we all talked ourselves into last season when he was in an iffy situation, and now that he’s in a better situation, we’re trying to talk ourselves out of him. Let’s dive into Gerald Everett in his 2022 fantasy football player profile!
Gerald Everett ADP and AAV:
Average Draft Position: TE21, 155 overall
Average Auction Value: $1.0
Gerald Everett Statistics:
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2022 Gerald Everett Overview:
Gerald Everett was never going to succeed with Russell Wilson last season (his only in Seattle); it just wasn’t going to happen. We talked ourselves into the situation but in reality, they haven’t ranked in the top-half in tight end targets since Jimmy Graham left the squad, and that didn’t really change last year, as the Seahawks had the seven-fewest pass attempts to tight end on the year. Despite that, Gerald Everett had the most TE1 weeks out of any tight end since Jimmy Graham, with five. Granted, four of them came with touchdowns, but he also stacked an 8-for-8 catch day for 63 yards against Green Bay in week nine.
While Everett never really stood a chance because of the lack of targets (21st in tight end target volume), he was still very good on a per-target basis, notching the 12th-highest fantasy points per target. He was also top-fifteen in yards per target, thanks to the #3 true catch rate and #2 contested catch rate (per PlayerProfiler.com). So, his athleticism (8.97 RAS) sat percolating just below the surface, and he just needs an opportunity to let it shine through.
He should have plenty of opportunities to produce with the Chargers, as he replaces Jared Cook in Los Angeles. Last year, on the surface, it looks like Cook and Everett had very similar seasons. Everett averaged 3.2 receptions for 32 yards per game and scored four touchdowns on the year. Cook, conversely, had 3 catches for 35 yards per game and scored four touchdowns on the year. The reason I am bullish about Everett in that situation? Jared Cook had 83 targets and 680 air yards (14th and 11th among tight ends, respectively), compared to Gerald Everett, who ranked 21st and 24th in those categories. So, Jared Cook had far more opportunities to produce than Gerald Everett, and straight-up failed to produce.
This is helpful for two reasons. First, if beyond dusty Jared Cook could get that much opportunity to produce with the Chargers, then Gerald Everett should get the same amount of opportunity, as a baseline. Second, Cook was terrible with his targets, and still, Donald Parham couldn’t pass him on the depth chart. Given the talent discrepancies in 2022 between Gerald Everett and Jared Cook, I doubt that he will have to do all that much to stave off Parham.
2022 Gerald Everett Fantasy Football Draft Strategy:
Gerald Everett is essentially free, going at pick 147 overall in salary cap drafts, and as TE18. He’s also just $1 in salary cap drafts. And, to be honest with you, I will never leave a budget-tight end draft without Gerald Everett on my roster. He is the best of the upside tight ends in this range, as your other options are guys like Evan Engram, David Njoku, Robert Tonyan, and Albert Okwuegbunam. Personally, give me the guy tied to the best young QB in the league in what will prove to be a potent offense that fully utilizes the tight end.
Best Case Scenario:
Gerald Everett maximizes Jared Cook’s opportunities, and actually builds on them. He finishes the year as a top-eight tight end.
Worst Case Scenario:
I subject everyone to the Mt. Everett picture all season long as divine retribution for him stinking up my rosters.
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