A deep sleeper should be a player people haven’t heard about, but that ship has sailed for fantasy football. If a player is on the roster, he probably has a fantasy article written about him. But, we do need to be on top of those under the radar guys who have a reasonable chance to make an impact in fantasy this season. If you don’t have deep benches, these players go on your personal watchlist, but if you do have room, some of these guys are worth stashing this season.
Tyler Eifert, Jaguars
With Josh Oliver going down with a broken foot in spring training, Eifert should be able to see more work. The Bengals scaled his snaps down last season, which helped him have his first healthy season in the NFL. He only saw 63 targets as he split time with C.J. Uzomah, but the Jaguars may ask more from him this season and if they do, he’s good enough to be a useful fantasy tight end if he can stay healthy.
Gerald Everett, Rams
Everett was Wally Pipp’d by Tyler Higbee last season, but there’s no doubt that Everett has the chops to be a good fantasy tight end in the NFL. Higbee’s run in the second half of the season was great, but it did come against some bad defenses and it is impossible to say Higbee is the better option between the two. Everett will likely start behind Higbee, but if given a chance, he’s someone to get on your team quickly.
Devin Asiasi, Patriots
The Patriots lost Matt LaCosse due to an opt out, which will give Asiasi a chance to win snaps. Fellow rookie Dalton Keene will also get his shots, but Asiasi was picked slightly ahead of Keene and should be more NFL ready to start his career. Investing in a rookie tight end isn’t going to work out all that often, but if he can win the starting job, he will have some value.
Kahale Warring, Texans
Warring spent his rookie season redshirting while he recovered from a concussion and hamstring injury. He’s now healthy and has a ton of upside as an athletic playmaking tight end if he can do enough to get snaps. That’s maybe not going to happen, but the Texans need to upgrade at tight end and Warring has a shot at winning the starting job.
Kaden Smith, Giants
Smith replaced Evan Engram last season when he was injured and played well, catching 30 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns in the final six games. He wouldn’t be a breakout player if Evan Engram once again misses time, but he would have value and a good chance at touchdown upside.