Each year, ESPN fantasy football expert, Matthew Berry, puts out an article containing information he gathered during discussions with coaches and team personnel during the NFL combine. These annual articles have a self-described “pretty good” track record recently. Specifically, Berry cites his very early identification of Darren Waller as a valuable tight end last offseason. Those who took note of this information were likely rewarded greatly in their season long fantasy football leagues last year. Below, we dissect one piece of early speculation mentioned by Berry in his article, and how it may impact individual players and their fantasy value.
As he still plays in multiple fantasy leagues and would benefit most if he kept his insights to himself, Matthew Berry begrudgingly told the world that he would do “whatever it takes” to get Dallas Goedert next season. Berry dubbed Goedert the 1a to the 1 of Zach Ertz in Philly and expects both tight ends to have ample success in the upcoming season.
The Fantasy Impact
Goedert played second fiddle to Zach Ertz during his first two seasons in the NFL, but the gap between the two talented TEs seemed to grow smaller with each game. Goedert was able to double both his receptions and yardage on the season from 2018 to 2019, while Zach Ertz saw a regression in each of those categories. Goedert also scored five touchdowns to Ertz’s six in 2019. Philly loves two tight end sets, and Carson Wentz loves throwing to his tight ends, which bodes well for each of these players.
Fantasy owners should be thrilled to have either one of these tight ends on their squad, but odds are that Ertz will cost you much more draft capital than Goedert will this season. With the gap closing on their production, Ertz may no longer be worth the price bump. If you’re looking for a bargain at the tight end position, it may pay off to wait for the 1a out of Philly and draft Dallas Goedert.