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: Mike Gesicki.
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Mike Gesicki (TE – NE)
There likely wasn’t a more disappointing player for dynasty managers last season than TE Mike Gesicki. Expectations were high in 2022 after two consecutive seasons of him finishing top 10 at the position. However, the self-proclaimed “big slot receiver” got lost in a Miami offense with WRs Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, plus a rotating cast of QBs. As a result, he finished 2022 as the overall PPR TE23 on a scant 52 targets, less than half the 112 he saw in 2021.
The good news is Gesicki is on the move, having signed a one-year, $9 Million contract with the New England Patriots. He steps into an offense loaded with middle-of-the-road pass-catching talent – current WRs on the roster include DeVante Parker, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Kendrick Bourne, Tyquan Thornton, and TE Hunter Henry. While he will compete for snaps with Henry, Gesicki was far more efficient with his targets last season. His average depth of target (10.4), route percentage (89.8), and drop percentage (5.9) were all markedly better than Henry in 2022.
It’s not a slam dunk that Gesicki will have an improved 2023 season. However, given the needs of the Patriots in a tough AFC East division, he will see an increase in volume over last season. In all likelihood, Gesicki will see the majority of his snaps in the slot as he did in Miami, moving Henry back to more of an in-line TE. Gesicki was especially effective in the red zone in 2022, having caught nine balls inside the 20, notching five touchdown catches. In contrast, Henry and recently traded TE Jonnu Smith combined for four red zone catches on 11 targets, with zero touchdown receptions. Right now, you can acquire the talented pass-catching bookend for nothing more than a late fourth-round rookie draft pick to bolster your rosters heading into the 2023 season.
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