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  Vance McDonald
TE - PIT
Vance McDonald
Austin Hooper
TE - ATL
Austin Hooper
 
 
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Best Rank# 5# 7-
Worst Rank# 20# 21-
    
Fantasy Points 
    
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Avg Projection95.985.0-
    
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  Vance McDonald
TE - PIT
Vance McDonald
Austin Hooper
TE - ATL
Austin Hooper
2019 Schedule 
Week 1 at NE at MIN
Week 2 vs. SEA vs. PHI
Week 3 at SF at IND
Week 4 vs. CIN vs. TEN
Week 5 vs. BAL at HOU
Week 6 at LAC at ARI
Week 7BYE WEEK vs. LAR
Week 8 vs. MIA vs. SEA
Week 9 vs. INDBYE WEEK
Week 10 vs. LAR at NO
Week 11 at CLE at CAR
Week 12 at CIN vs. TB
Week 13 vs. CLE vs. NO
Week 14 at ARI vs. CAR
Week 15 vs. BUF at SF
Week 16 at NYJ vs. JAC
Week 17 at BAL at TB
  Vance McDonald
TE - PIT
Vance McDonald
Austin Hooper
TE - ATL
Austin Hooper
Receiving
   
Receptions59.161.6
Rec Yards676.1600.1
Rec TDs4.94.3
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts0.00.0
Rush Yards0.00.0
Rush TDs0.00.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points95.985.0
   
  Vance McDonald
TE - PIT
Vance McDonald
Austin Hooper
TE - ATL
Austin Hooper
2018 Points 
Week 12.4
Week 22.611.9
Week 317.24.3
Week 44.21.9
Week 50.67.7
Week 66.813.1
Week 74.8
Week 84.7
Week 92.54.1
Week 1010.411.6
Week 118.72.7
Week 122.73.1
Week 132.810.4
Week 143.73.7
Week 157.30.0
Week 164.93.6
Week 173.96.7
  Vance McDonald
TE - PIT
Vance McDonald
Austin Hooper
TE - ATL
Austin Hooper
2018 Targets 
Week 14
Week 255
Week 344
Week 452
Week 5212
Week 6810
Week 74
Week 83
Week 963
Week 10411
Week 1168
Week 1255
Week 1375
Week 1446
Week 1531
Week 1642
Week 1766
  Vance McDonald
TE - PIT
Vance McDonald
Austin Hooper
TE - ATL
Austin Hooper
Expert 
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
Vance had some solid games last season en route to his TE10 finish. He had over 600 yards and 4 TDs. He was 4th in contested catch rate and let's not forget he is 6'4", 270. He is 29 years old, so I am not expecting some crazy break out, but AB is gone so a lot of receptions are gone and Vance has chemistry with Ben from last season. I can easily see 800/5 as a reasonable expectation for McDonald, which would make him a great investment at ADP.Nice increase year 1 to year 2 going from 49/526/3 to 71/660/4 but was another guy who was very inconsistent on a week to week basis. I expect more of the same with all the mouths to feed and don't see a huge jump in production coming.
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
We know McDonald has untapped potential as he is oozing with upside, and it further helps that Antonio Brown is leaving 168 targets on the table. Did you know, though, that even prior to those truths, McDonald was a top 12 fantasy tight end last season? If you wait on tight end, he is a great fallback plan.It may not have been as consistent as we would all have liked, but Hooper ended up as the #7 fantasy tight end in 2018 thanks to a few huge performances. If you can't land any of the top six tight ends in your draft, Hooper's ADP makes him a top late-round target.
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
The combined stat line of Jesse James and Vance McDonald last season: 80/1033/6. Antonio Brown has vacated 168 targets. 
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
 With a new OC, I feel like he might continue to improve. Should be a top10 TE. Up.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
With Antonio Brown and Jesse James out of town, there's over 200 targets up for grabs in the Steelers offense, though they're not likely to throw the ball as much in 2019. Still, McDonald was given a vote of confidence when the Steelers didn't draft a tight end in the first four rounds of what was considered a deep tight end class. Not much slides past me, but did you know McDonald saw 73 targets in 2018? That ranked 12th among tight ends and he finished as the No. 10 fantasy tight end. If McDonald stays on the field, he's absolutely locked-in for 90-plus targets and a top-eight finish in 2019It may have been the quietest top-six tight end finish of all time for Hooper last year, but that's where he was at. Now, his totals were inflated due to more passing than the Falcons wanted to do last year, as their defense was in shambles, forcing them to air it out against opponents. Hooper saw what was a career-high 88 targets because of that. With Calvin Ridley entering his second year, he figures to be more involved as well. Despite his top-six finish, Hooper posted top-12 type numbers just 37.5 percent of the time, which was tied with Jimmy Graham, and Trey Burton for 13th among tight ends, so there were some big performances to help him get there, and not so much consistency
Nick Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
I love me some Vance this season. Team Rocket is finally gone, and there are a massive amount of targets available after the departure of AB. Vance had his best season as a pro in 2018, posting a 50/610/4 stat line, as the third leading target for the Steelers. We've seen him flash his ceiling at times, but he's never been able to put it all together. This season, with over 200 vacated targets up for grabs, we could finally see the breakout. He's a great TE to target after the mid range TE's are all off the board.Hooper has finished as the TE 37/17/6 in his first three seasons as a pro. He's extremely athletic, posting an above average height adjusted speed score, an above average agility score, and an above average catch radius. Hooper doesn't turn 25 until November, and is the clear cut starter on an elite offense. Hooper was efficient in the red zone last season, catching 9 of 13 red zone targets. His 4 TD's all came from inside the red zone, but he should see some positive TD luck in the Falcons high powered offense. Hooper is a virtual lock to finish the season as a TE 1, and yet he's still available in the final rounds of drafts.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
 Hooper had a nice season with 71 receptions for 660 yards and 4 touchdowns. He figures to be on the borderline of TE1 production this year.