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4 Tight End Premium Draft Targets (2024 Fantasy Football)

4 Tight End Premium Draft Targets (2024 Fantasy Football)

The FFPC is a tight end premium platform, meaning the position receives an extra 0.5 points per reception on top of the usual 1.0 each player gains. This causes the tight end position to be drafted much more aggressively, with nine taken in the first 60 picks, compared to four on Underdog.

Nailing the position correctly can provide a massive boost in this format and there are values to be had across the draftboard.

TE Premium Targets (FFPC Focus) (Fantasy Football 2024)

Juwan Johnson (TE – NO): ADP 168.6

The New Orleans Saints look set to run back what was a mostly bland but successful enough team for another attempt at winning the NFC South in 2024. With their finances too stuck on Derek Carr for them to opt to move on and their cap situation as normal largely means additions have to be very selective.

Before the 2023 season started Juwan Johnson was being drafted around pick 140, almost 30 picks higher than currently, and was a popular name for a player who could take the leap having finished as the TE8 in total points in 2022. Sadly it didn’t pan out that way with Johnson struggling through injuries to start the year and averaging 4.65 points in this tight end premium setting.

The reason why Johnson might be worth returning to as a post-hype sleeper is that as the season went on and he got healthier and formed a connection with Derek Carr, there were better fantasy returns. Johnson saw 5.1 targets and scored four touchdowns over the last nine games, a number beaten only by David Njoku and Sam LaPorta in that period. The Saints have a new offensive coordinator and have yet to add any meaningful competition in the passing game, giving Johnson another opportunity to return value in 2024. At pick 168 he’s a worthwhile pick as part of three or four tight end builds.

Dallas Goedert (TE – PHI): ADP 83.2

Another tight end who didn’t have quite the year many hoped for was Dallas Goedert, who missed three games with an injury but also flopped at times with six performances as TE20 or worse. Goedert has never been a prolific touchdown scorer, averaging 3.6 per season but he has typically made up for it with receptions and yardage. Goedert’s 5.9 targets per game tied his career high, set in 2020, but his receiving yardage per game dropped to 42.3, his lowest mark since 2019.

This all came together as the Eagles floundered during the second of the season, with lackluster offensive displays as they dealt with an offense deprived of Shane Steichen and Jalen Hurts dealt with injuries. In 2024 there are plenty of reasons to believe the Eagles offense and Dallas Goedert can turn it around unless the Eagles draft Brock Bowers. Goedert ran the third highest route participation among tight ends with 87.4%, pointing towards the fact that he rarely comes off the field unless injured.

Goedert’s yards after catch per game (YAC/GP) was 24.5 in 2023, a big drop from 2022 when he crossed 35.0 per game, but quite close to the 25.7 averaged in 2021 and more than the 18.7 Goedert picked up in 2020. So it’s hard to argue he’s lost his pace and while he’s not a prolific touchdown scorer, he plays on such a potent offense that if he improves to six or eight touchdowns a year, it’ll pay off handsomely.

Mark Andrews (TE – BAL): ADP 29.3

The former All-Pro tight end, Mark Andrews, played only nine full games before suffering a hip-drop tackle that proved to be a catalyst for rule changes. Andrews was the TE3 in points per game over the opening 10 weeks, leading the position with six touchdowns and 1.9 yards per route run, the third highest, and boasting 1.99 yards per team pass attempt, the second-most of any tight end. While Zay Flowers and Isaiah Likely took a step forward in Andrews’s absence, there’s room for them all to eat in 2024.

The Ravens are going into year two of this Todd Monken offense, without the worry of Lamar Jackson’s contract eating into draft preparation, and perhaps most importantly for fantasy purposes, this defense is primed to take a step backward after losing multiple important players including Patrick Queen, Geno Stone and Jadeveon Clowney. The Ravens were tied for fewest yards allowed per play on defense (4.6), led the league in turnovers and sacks and allowed the fewest rushing touchdowns (6) along with the second-fewest passing touchdowns (18). If this defense allows more points, the offense will have to put up more points in 2024. This will create more volume for the Ravens, who outside of Mark Andrews and Zay Flowers still don’t have a wealth of passing game options.

Noah Fant (TE – SEA): ADP 181.3

Over the last few years, it’s been incredibly frustrating trying to find a tight end on the Seahawks that could be fantasy-relevant. Noah Fant showed glimpses of the high-end prospect the fantasy community thought he once was, but he couldn’t get past fellow tight end, Will Dissly, who Pete Carroll seemed enamored with. Now, Dissly is on the Chargers and the Seahawks have a new coaching staff who saw fit to give Fant a two-year $21m contract. Despite being in a timeshare for the last two years, Fant has notched up over 400 yards in both seasons and going back to his time in Denver had two seasons of over 600 receiving yards. The Seattle offense will likely run through their talented trio of wide receivers, but for a later dart throw at very little cost, Fant is worth mixing into some three or four tight end builds.

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