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Unless you draft one of the few elite tight-end options, like Travis Kelce, George Kittle or Zach Ertz, early in your fantasy football draft, the position gets incredibly thin incredibly fast. With perennial top-5 tight end Rob Gronkowski now retired, that's another option already off the board.
While the tight-end position seems very top heavy, here are three options, ranked outside of the top-15 in ESPN's latest PPR rankings, who could be fantasy sleepers in 2019.
3. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys - NR
It's hard to believe that one of the best fantasy tight ends of the past 10 years is considered a sleeper, but here we are. Jason Witten came out of retirement, after one season in the Monday Night Football booth, to re-sign with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason. It remains to be seen if he can still play at a high level, especially after a year off from the sport, but if Witten is even able to regain even half of the form that he had before his retirement, then the 36-year-old could be a TE1 this season.
2. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens – TE No. 26
Mark Andrews had a respectable rookie campaign in 2018, but his rapport with Lamar Jackson could point to an even stronger fantasy season in 2019. The Oklahoma product tallied 308 of his 552 receiving yards in the seven games that Jackson started, making him an under-the-radar option with TE1 potential, thanks to his current situation with the Ravens.
1. Chris Herndon, New York Jets – TE No. 18
Chris Herndon finished his rookie campaign with a respectable 504 receiving yards, but the Jets' tight end could be in for a huge fantasy breakout in 2019. If the second half of last season is any indication, then the 23-year-old could have a monster campaign. Herndon became one of QB Sam Darnold's favorite targets in the last six games of 2018, seeing 30 of his 59 targets during those contests. If Herndon takes another step forward, he could attain TE1 status and be the biggest tight end sleeper of the 2019 fantasy football season.
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