Golden Tate Suspension and Sterling Shepard Injury Send Evan Engram's 2019 Fantasy Value Soaring

Max Staley
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As a rookie, Evan Engram proved he was a rising star with the New York Giants. However, a down sophomore season marred by injury in 2018 has put a bit of a damper on his fantasy value this year.

However, a recently-announced Golden Tate suspension combined with a slew of injuries to players like wide receiver Sterling Shepard could boost Engram's value.

With Tate now set to miss the first four games of the year, Engram could see a ton of targets over the first quarter of the season. Additionally, the 124 targets Odell Beckham Jr. saw are now up for grabs, and it's fair to expect Engram to see quite a bit of that action.

While he struggled to stay on the field in 2018, Engram was highly productive when he did play. He racked up 577 yards on 45 receptions, adding three touchdowns. Engram is currently being drafted as TE5, but he has both the talent and opportunity to join the upper echelon of NFL tight ends if all breaks right.

Engram's value may regress a bit once Tate returns from suspension, but he looks like he could be particularly valuable in PPR leagues. If you miss out on one of the three top-tier tight ends heading into 2019, Engram looks like as good a bet as any to break out early this season.

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