History Says Fade Rookie Tight Ends in Redraft

Three tight ends were drafted in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. The only other draft since 1980 that can claim the same was 2002. In fact, just four other drafts in the last 20 years have seen two first-round TEs. We learned this weekend just how much those within the NFL share in the optimism for this year’s class. On the heels of Hunter Henry tying for the league lead in TE touchdowns as a rookie in 2016, it bears repeating that rookie TEs simply don’t perform in fantasy football. The trends are overwhelming. Even Henry, who many remember as a 2016 success, caught just 36 passes for 482 yards in 13 games, finishing as TE18 in PPR leagues and TE11 in standard formats. Let’s use the RotoViz Screener to dive into the numbers. Here’s a list of the top rookie TE seasons since 2000, sorted by PPR points.

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By Ben Gretch | @YardsPerGretch | Archive