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Here are 5 tight ends you need in your SuperFlex Salary Cap Lineup for Week 1.
Tier 1 Options:
Travis Kelce, $7,600 vs. Browns
There’s a reason why Travis Kelce is number five on the recent NFL TOP 100 Players of 2021. He is the best in the game at his position and a top-five pass catcher in the league. Ever since the emergence of Mahomes, I had witnessed Kelce tear apart my Houston Texans, even when we were a force. Never forget, in the 2019/2020 season, when the Texans were up 21-0 in the Divisional Round of the playoffs against the Chiefs at the end of the first quarter, I knew it seemed too good to be true… Because, Kelce then went for 10 receptions, 134 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns, and destroyed the Texans. For the 2020 season, Kelce was First-Team All-Pro with 1,400 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, one of the greatest seasons ever by a tight end, and don’t expect that to slow down one bit. With a matchup against the Browns in Week 1, Mahomes and the Chiefs will look to dominate this season since their loss to the Bucs in the Super Bowl. I fully expect Kelce to score 1 or 2 touchdowns in this matchup; he will be heavily targeted as always and is a lock to dominate. At the price of $7,600, there is no doubt that he will be worth the price.
Kyle Pitts, $5,300 vs. Eagles
Yes, if you have read any of my other articles… I LOVE ROOKIES. People may be saying that rookie tight ends don’t perform quickly, but I promise you, Kyle Pitts will be elite from game one. If you ever saw Pitts in college at Florida, your jaw may still be on the floor in awe. In his final season, Pitts scored 12 touchdowns in 8 games with almost 800 receiving yards. Pitts is a generational talent like we have never seen before at the tight end position. His athletic ability and potential are unparalleled at his position. Pitts is too big, too strong, too fast, and just too good. His week one matchup against the Eagles will be a FEAST for the number 4 overall pick in this year’s draft. I would not be surprised if Pitts has a similar week one as Kelce. With Julio’s absence this season, expect Pitts to be the next great TE in Atlanta since Tony Gonzalez. At the set price of $5,300, he is going for the exact cost as players like Jerry Jeudy and Brandin Cooks, and I see Pitts being much more valuable each week. Pitts should be an easy selection for the SuperFlex Salary Cap $100k contest.
Lower Tier Options:
Logan Thomas, $4,200 vs. Chargers
Logan Thomas broke out last season, and he took full advantage of the loss of Jordan Reed. Thomas ended with 6 touchdowns and almost 700 receiving yards with 110 targets. This offseason, the Football Team landed a massive upgrade at the quarterback position bringing in veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitz has no issue taking shots downfield and having favorites to targets; I feel that Thomas could end up as the number two receiving option in that offense while being on the field a ton because the Football team’s defense will generate many stops. Thomas goes up against the Chargers in Week 1. Last season the Chargers had a very questionable pass defense against tight ends, but I do work with the return of Derwin James, who is a top player in the league, but I believe Thomas is still a solid option for the set price of $4,200.
Tyler Higbee, $4,200 vs. Bears
Tyler Higbee has developed into a legit target for an exciting Rams offense for the last two seasons. The addition of Matthew Stafford should push Higbee into a higher tier of tight ends and potentially become a steal for fantasy players. Higbee may not be great at anything particular, but he is very good at all things. Higbee could quickly develop as a favorite target for Stafford in the Rams fast-paced offense. The addition of Stafford should be a massive boost for all pass catchers, especially Higbee. Higbee’s week one opponent is against the Bears, who have a fantastic all-around defense, but I still see him as a solid choice, regardless of the matchup. As previously seen, Stafford targets large receiving options, so Higbee will fit in just right with Stafford. At $4,200, Higbee is a safe option for the Week 1 SuperFlex contest.
Robert Tonyan Jr., $4,200 vs. Saints
Last season, Robert Tonyan BROKE OUT! With Aaron Rodgers at the helm, Tonyan recorded almost 600 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. It was clear that Tonyan is now a primary weapon near the end zone alongside Adams. Tonyan’s Week 1 matchup is against the Saints. Yes, the Saints have a good pass defense, but Rodgers is not afraid of a challenge, and we all know that he is on a mission for a title this season and has all the motivation in the world, so I’m not concerned with this selection. At the price of $4,200, Tonyan is the best selection at TE you can pick. Because of the touchdown upside and the elite play of Rodgers, his touchdown upside is much higher than other tight ends at the set price.
Dirt Cheap / High Reward Selection
Gerald Everett, $3,900 vs. Colts
Everett is a solid player who just hasn’t had the chance to succeed, and there is a reason he was selected om the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Previously, he had Jared Goff at quarterback with the Rams, but he is with the Seahawks this year, and he now has a HUGE opportunity with Russell Wilson. I genuinely believe this could be a breakout season for Everett. Even though his Week 1 matchup is brutal against the Colts, DK and Lockett should get most of the attention, so I see Everett being a solid dart throw for the Week 1 of the SuperFlex Salary Cap $100k contest.