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  Eric Ebron
TE - IND
Eric Ebron
Vance McDonald
TE - PIT
Vance McDonald
 
 
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Best Rank# 10# 12-
Worst Rank# 28# 34-
    
Fantasy Points 
    
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Avg Game5.02.5-
Avg Projection76.570.2-
    
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  Eric Ebron
TE - IND
Eric Ebron
Vance McDonald
TE - PIT
Vance McDonald
2018 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. CIN at CLE
Week 2 at WAS vs. KC
Week 3 at PHI at TB
Week 4 vs. HOU vs. BAL
Week 5 at NE vs. ATL
Week 6 at NYJ at CIN
Week 7 vs. BUFBYE WEEK
Week 8 at OAK vs. CLE
Week 9BYE WEEK at BAL
Week 10 vs. JAC vs. CAR
Week 11 vs. TEN at JAC
Week 12 vs. MIA at DEN
Week 13 at JAC vs. LAC
Week 14 at HOU at OAK
Week 15 vs. DAL vs. NE
Week 16 vs. NYG at NO
Week 17 at TEN vs. CIN
  Eric Ebron
TE - IND
Eric Ebron
Vance McDonald
TE - PIT
Vance McDonald
Receiving
   
Receptions46.340.7
Rec Yards534.8494.1
Rec TDs4.03.6
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts0.00.0
Rush Yards0.00.0
Rush TDs0.00.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points76.570.2
   
  Eric Ebron
TE - IND
Eric Ebron
Vance McDonald
TE - PIT
Vance McDonald
2017 Points 
Week 10.90.0
Week 210.2
Week 30.90.0
Week 42.70.0
Week 50.60.0
Week 60.92.6
Week 73.7
Week 85.8
Week 93.5
Week 109.97.6
Week 114.9
Week 123.4
Week 133.8
Week 147.45.2
Week 159.3
Week 1614.35.2
Week 170.90.5
  Eric Ebron
TE - IND
Eric Ebron
Vance McDonald
TE - PIT
Vance McDonald
2017 Targets 
Week 131
Week 25
Week 370
Week 441
Week 542
Week 632
Week 73
Week 86
Week 94
Week 1032
Week 117
Week 124
Week 134
Week 14116
Week 157
Week 1685
Week 1762
  Eric Ebron
TE - IND
Eric Ebron
Vance McDonald
TE - PIT
Vance McDonald
Expert 
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
While perennially perceived as a disappointment, Ebron has slipped into the top 15 of TEs (standard and PPR) in each of the last two seasons. He never broke out in full earnest, but 86 targets in back-to-back years made him a steady streamer with Detroit. That workload, however, is in danger of decaying after joining Jack Doyle in Indianapolis. Dwayne Allen's 2016 (3.7 targets per game) might be a more reasonable projection for Ebron, who could nevertheless remain a matchup play because of Luck's penchant for finding TEs in the end zone. After ending the regular season with 14 receptions, McDonald caught 10 of 16 targets for 112 yards in Pittsburgh's lone postseason bout. That explosion has fueled optimism for a 2018 breakout, as he didn't have time to prepare with his new club last preseason as a late-August acquisition. He also popped a pair of four-catch, 52-yard lines in Weeks 15 and 16, so there's at least some upside as a deep flier.
Kevin Wheeler
NFL Mock
Eric Ebron has lined up "everywhere" in the Colts offense. And the new tight end already is beginning to feel at home in Indianapolis. @gmbremer From week 10-16, Ebron was the TE5 as Detroit was trying to shop him around in the off season before dropping him. 
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
It may be tempting, but don't be so quick to give up on Ebron. Since 2000, only Gronk, Tony Gonzalez, Jason Witten and Jeremy Shockey have as many receiving yards as Ebron before their 25th birthdays. Ebron might have to overtake Doyle before having much relevance, but there is a shot it happens or that they use him as a move tight end with Doyle on the line in two tight end sets. That means there is a shot Ebron morphs into a top-five fantasy tight end with Andrew Luck throwing him the ball. It is no guarantee that the Steelers will give McDonald the starting job, but should he take it over from Jesse James, we would be looking at a breakout candidate with top 10 tight end upside. McDonald is a capable athlete who could excel in the red zone of Big Ben's offense.
Staff Rankings
QB List
The Colts use two tight end sets at the second-highest rate in the league, which means that even with Jack Doyle in the fold Ebron could hold some fantasy relevance. He was a bust in Detroit, but Ebron is just 25 and still holds some fantasy upside. He's a high-risk, high-reward TE that I'd be willing to snap up as a TE2, particularly if I had a safe TE1.As I was writing this, the Steelers released a depth chart listing McDonald as their No. 1 tight end. That gives the veteran a huge boost on this list. He has the athleticism to excel in the open field and in the red zone in Big Ben's offense. He carries considerable risk, but Mcdonald no doubt has top-ten upside and should be targeted as such.
Chet Gresham
WalterFootball
Luck to Ebron sure sounds good, but we have to factor in Jack Doyle and a whole host of variables that this Colts team probably doesn't have its head wrapped around just yet. The good news is that they will likely play with two tight ends and both have fantasy value if Andrew Luck is healthy.McDonald showed well when he was healthy as a Pittsburgh Steeler. If he can stay healthy, he's one of my favorite players this season.
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
Ebron has a ton of sleeper potential playing with QB Andrew Luck and the Colts plan on using him all over the formation.  
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
It's very possible that Ebron ends up higher in my final rankings, provided Andrew Luck is looking like the old Andrew Luck in the preseason. He targets the tight end position an awful lot, so despite Ebron's lack of development, he can be a player on a team that has serious wide receiver problems. Let's say you miss out on your top tight end targets and start to panic. McDonald can be someone you pair with Austin Seferian-Jenkins (or someone in that range) to produce competent numbers at the tight end position. Getting traded to the Steelers on short notice last year, McDonald had just one full week to try and catch up on the offense, something he apparently struggled with. He did close out the year with two 52-yard performances in the last four games, and the Steelers have said he's going to be much more involved this season. He's an extremely athletic tight end who averaged 16.3 yards per reception when he was given a bigger role with the 49ers in 2016. If Ben Roethlisberger can make Heath Miller and Jesse James fantasy relevant a few weeks a year, he can do the same for McDonald.