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According to the Data: How to Spot a Future Star Tight End

Jonathan Bales

Jonathan Bales

Jonathan Bales is the author of the Fantasy Football for Smart People book series. In addition to RotoWire, Jonathan also provides content to the New York Times, Dallas Morning News,, and NBC.

How to Spot a Future Star Tight End

Tight end is a weird position. Whereas I believe there are factors that heavily influence fantasy production at the quarterback, running back and wide receiver positions, I'm not sure that's the case at tight end. It's the most difficult position to project, in my view - even more so than wide receiver.

At quarterback, I care primarily about workload and percentage of touchdowns. I want passers who will throw the ball often and account for a high rate of their team's touchdowns. Mobility is also important. At running back, I concern myself with workload and straight-line speed. At wide receiver, I don't care so much about 40 times, instead looking at size and red zone efficiency. I want big receivers who will score.

Tight end is most like wide receiver, but the size seems to be less important because they're all big. Whereas wide receivers like Brandon Marshall are far better red-zone options than smaller playe

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