Opportunity could be knocking for Tyler Eifert this year, as Jermaine Gresham has been absent for most of the Bengals training camp thus far. Eifert currently has an ADP of 141 on My Fantasy League. It appears he’d cost you a 10-12th-round pick depending on how deep your league is. Reports out of Bengals camp indicate they’re trying to get their tight end(s) more involved in the pass game this year.
“We feel like we get looks and matchups with him, and he makes big plays,” Dalton said. “That’s what he did in college. It’s what we expect of him now. He’s been in the right spots and we’re getting looks that we want and we’re hitting them.”
This is good news if your name is Tyler Eifert. Even though Gresham played more than Eifert last year, Eifert did more with his snaps.
He was on the field for 216 fewer snaps and only trailed Gresham by eight receptions, 16 receiving yards, and two touchdowns. If Eifert can see an increase in snaps then he could certainly make for an effective late round target in your draft this year.
Ladarius Green has been a staff favorite at RotoViz for quite some time. I remember Davis Mattek pumping him up on Twitter last season. He even wrote about Green last off season, when most people probably hadn’t even heard of him. I inserted a web of the combine measureables from Mock Draftable, who were also guests on a recent RotoViz Radio podcast. This is a cool feature because you can see what percentile he ranked compared to other TEs, and get a visual reference of where he ranks.
Last year, despite being targeted 85 times fewer than Gates and having 60 fewer receptions, Green only had one less TD than Gates. In this small sample, Green posted an outstanding AYA with Philip Rivers. For those of you that don’t know, The AYA app is an interesting tool at RotoViz. AYA stands for adjusted yards per attempt, a variation of yards per attempt that factors in TDs and interceptions. What this app does is let you see how efficient a quarterback is when throwing to a given target.
Justin Winn does a great job explaining about the possible outcomes for Green and Gates this year. If you’re thinking about drafting either player, I would recommend reading that article. Personally, I think Green has the highest upside of any of the TEs being drafted around his ADP and maybe even some of the guys being drafted before him. If you like winning fantasy championships, Davis Mattek has a convincing article on why you should draft him.
With Tony Gonzalez finally retired, the starting TE job now belongs to Levine Toilolo. This pick may be more of a reach than the two previous guys, given that his ADP is 244. So he’s not really being drafted. He could be your fallback option or maybe your target if you’re in a deeper league. He’s an interesting physical specimen at 6’8″ 265 lbs., but he’s about as quick as I am when it comes to getting up to answer my ringing cell phone when I realize it’s halfway across the room (not fast). Jon Moore of RotoViz Radio has marked him as a candidate primed to break out in 2014 due to his weight-adjusted agility score and his second-best phenom index score from the 2013 rookie TEs. Toilolo may not be a guy you’re drafting right now, but he’s a name worth monitoring during the month of August.