Evan Engram Could Outperform His ADP at TE for 2019 Fantasy Football

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 18:   Evan Engram #88 of the New York Giants scores a 18 yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions during their game at MetLife Stadium on September 18, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Last season, there were a select few tight ends that were real difference makers in fantasy football each week. Those were the three players that ended up ranked as the top three at the TE position come season's end – Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz and George Kittle.

The now-retired Rob Gronkowski is no longer at the top of the tight-end food chain, and while Eric Ebron was a top-five option last season, he was extremely touchdown dependent, leading the TE position with 13 scores.

With the top-three tight ends all going in the first 35 picks, according to average draft position (ADP), one player that could end up vying for the top spot at the position in 2019 is New York Giants third-year tight end Evan Engram.

Engram has missed six games in his first two seasons, including five last year due to knee and hamstring injuries, but on a per-game basis, he is in the conversation with Kelce, Ertz, Kittle and the recently-retired Gronk.

When Engram suits up in Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season, it could be as the top receiving target in the Giants' offense. With the departure of Odell Beckham Jr. and Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard leading the WR corps, Engram is arguably the biggest mismatch on the field for the G-Men.

Engram is more skilled than your average NFL tight end, and he has a skill set more comparable to a slot receiver than a true, in-line tight end. He was seventh among tight ends in yards per game last season, and eighth in 20-yard catches, despite missing five games.

If Engram can stay healthy for an entire year, and becomes Eli Manning's (or rookie QB Daniel Jones') top target in the passing game, the third-year breakout candidate could be right there as a top fantasy tight end each and every week of 2019.

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