KANSAS CITY, MO – DECEMBER 25: Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs after one of his 11 catches for 160 yards during an AFC West showdown between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs on December 25, 2016 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. The Chiefs won 33-10. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)
When it comes to TE’s, I’m good with yelling my pick in from the kitchen late in the draft as I pile queso dip on my plate next to my third helping of pulled pork my buddy makes every year. Seriously, last year in standard format leagues, the # 1 fantasy TE Travis Kelce was less than 36 points ahead of the # 9 TE Jordan Reed. That’s just over 2 points a game difference. The only TE I’ve ever put any major emphasis on in a draft was Gronkowski, and unfortunately he no longer gives me the warm and fuzzies. Although an absolute beast when healthy, I feel as if Gronks “Bruiser” mentality has caught up with him. Starting with his college career in 2009, he missed 13 games after undergoing back surgery. In 2012 he broke his arm and missed 6 regular season games. In 2013 a torn ACL caused season ending surgery. Also in 2013 he was operated on multiple times to repair a broken forearm and another operation for a fractured vertebrae in the same year. He missed one game in 2015 and in 2016 he took a shot in week 10 that warranted surgery on a slipped disc and earned him a spot on the lR. With a battle torn Gronk, an ever-rising talent level and emphasis on TE’s in the passing game leveling out the field, I’m gonna shoot for value in the later rounds.