Tight end busts are similar to busts at the quarterback position. The majority of the time they will not completely sink your team.
Outside of Rob Gronkowski, most Fantasy Owners will not take a tight end until round five or later. Some might even make it their last position player.
Last season we saw the emergence of some younger players that has made the tight end pool as deep as NBA Free Agents' pockets are now.
Because of this development, there are definitely a few players that are being over-valued, and therefore likely to be busts.
Let's get to some of those players now.
2016 Fantasy Football Tight End Busts
Eifert has the same issues as Reed: injuries, regression, and a new Red Zone threat on his team.
At this point there is no definite return date for the Bengals’ tight end after his May ankle surgery. Most reports are that the last week of training camp is optimistic. As the season approaches I would imagine Eifert’s ADP will drop faster than Oklahoma City’s title hopes from the lofty 5th round status it currently sits at, so I would keep an eye on his condition.
In his three seasons, Eifert has missed 19 games. Before last season, he only tallied 482 yards and two touchdowns. Even last season the Bengal managed just 52 catches for 615 yards. His production was boosted by 13 touchdowns including 11 in the Red Zone on just 12 receptions. I find that touchdown rate to be quite unsustainable with serious regression coming.
Even if Eifert is fully healthy, he has the same concern as Jordan Reed after Cincinnati drafted Pittsburgh wide-out Tyler Boyd. Boyd has the same solid, 6’2’’ build as Doctson but not quite as great of ball skills. He did still snag 11 Red Zone touchdowns in his three collegiate seasons. Cincinnati is planning on Boyd having a major role in their offense.
— NFL News (@PlayerlineNFL) July 2, 2016
If Eifert is not in the double-digit touchdown neighborhood, then he will not live up to his high draft status. With so much uncertainty regarding his health and Red Zone production, I will happily take one of the Arizona wide receivers or Delanie Walker, all going just after Eifert.
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