Year in and year out, TE is one of the most challenging positions to find value at in fantasy football. If you don’t have Travis Kelce or Mark Andrews on your dynasty squad, you’ll likely need help at the position. Here’s a player to consider trading for: Jelani Woods.
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Jelani Woods (TE – IND)
Some dynasty managers tend to shy away from players on teams that are in transition. It makes sense, given we don’t exactly know what an offense will look like when there are many question marks, as is the case for the Indianapolis Colts. However, second-year TE Jelani Woods has significant potential upside if you’re a manager willing to take risks.
Of the many questions around the Colts organization, the biggest is who will line up behind center for the team in 2023. Unfortunately, that has devalued many fantasy assets in their offense, including Woods. His rookie season wasn’t exactly stellar, seeing only 40 targets in a timeshare with fellow TEs Kylen Granson and Mo Alie-Cox. However, when given opportunities, he made the most of them. In Week 3, Woods saw his first three targets, turning two into touchdown catches. Then, in Week 12, he caught eight of his nine targets for 98 yards, netting 15.8 PPR fantasy points. Those two games preview what Woods could be as the Colts’ TE1 in 2023. His 12.5 yards per catch led all Colts’ bookends last season, and his 40 targets were tied with Granson for the most in the TE room.
The team recently signed free agent QB Gardner Minshew and is believed to be targeting a rookie quarterback with the fourth overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Regardless of who is slinging the rock in Indianapolis, Woods, standing at 6-foot-7 and 253 pounds, will provide a big, reliable target on a team lacking explosive playmakers outside of RB Jonathan Taylor and WR Michael Pittman. You can acquire Woods for next to nothing right now – a fourth-round rookie draft pick should get Woods-plus on your roster. He could be a solid streaming play all season long, with the upside of a TE1-tier finish in 2023.
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