Who Will Be the Tight End Fantasy Playoff MVP?

Now that the fantasy football season is at the halfway point, it’s time to think about the fantasy playoffs. We gathered the RotoViz team at headquarters to discuss our picks for the fantasy playoffs MVP. Up next, the tight end position.

Cameron Brate

I’ll take Cameron Brate. The Buccaneers have one of the best schedules for tight ends over that span, and will be fighting for a playoff berth. Brate is only 15th in touches per game so far, but has been very efficient, earning 3.6 PPR points per touch over the first 4 games. – Jeff Matson

Cameron Brate has quietly led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in targets the last couple of weeks and leads the team in receiving touchdowns. He’s become a reliable safety net for Jameis Winston, possibly more than Mike Evans has. During the fantasy playoffs, the Buccaneers face Detroit, Atlanta, and Carolina. Detroit and Atlanta have given up 100-yard receiving games to TEs, while Carolina has allowed two TD catches to the position in back to back weeks. Brate should capitalize and be big for owners when they need him most. – Jeremy Marin

Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham finally strung a couple solid games together, and following the bye week, I expect him to finish the year as a top-five TE. Russell Wilson typically explodes in the second half of the season so the time to buy Graham is now. – Brett Squires

Zach Ertz

Zach Ertz has been stellar to this point in the season. One could argue he’s moved into the discussion as a top-three TE. Ertz also has a favorable schedule. The highlight is the Giants defense in Week 15. They’re second to only the Browns in giving up the most points to TEs. Ertz also gets the very beatable Rams and Raiders. – Pat James

Charles Clay

A torn meniscus is expected to keep Charles Clay out for a month, but before the injury he was well fed, racking up 25 targets over four games. Clay should return in time for the fantasy playoffs and faces a tasty lineup of Indianapolis, Miami, and New England, all ranked in the bottom half of the league in points surrendered to TEs. – Cort Smith

Hunter Henry

Hunter Henry has been garnering more targets for the Chargers, compiling 15 over the past two games. He had a career-high in receiving yards on Sunday and looks to have finally overtaken Antonio Gates as the Chargers top TE by playing 23 percent more snaps than him. In the most important weeks of the season, Henry has three cake matchups, including one against the Browns, who are the worst team in the league against the TE. Henry’s stock can only go up, and with a team that should be playing from behind a lot, he could start to see a massive amount of targets. – Kyle Pollock

Zach Miller

The biggest risk here is probably whether or not Miller can stay healthy until the end of the season. But if he does, he has the best TE schedule for the fantasy playoffs. In Weeks 14 through 16, he gets Cincinnati, Detroit, and Cleveland. Through six weeks, he’s 13th in targets, 16th in yards, and 11th in market share of air yards among tight ends. He also leads his team in air yards and WOPR. – Charlie Kleinheksel

I’d echo Kyle and Charlie. Henry’s two doughnuts in three weeks to start the season have made him affordable in redraft leagues, but he’s the top breakout candidate at the position for the season’s second half. He’s extremely expensive in dynasty, but this may be your last realistic chance to acquire him without paying at the new Ertz levels and it’s an acquisition that could pay off immediately. Meanwhile, Miller’s combination of schedule and peripherals makes him the perfect addition for teams dealing with TE injuries or underperformance. He’s even a desperation flex candidate for owners dealing with the loss of value for players like Randall Cobb, Sammy Watkins, and Amari Cooper. – Shawn Siegele

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