New York Giants Wide Receiver Depth Points to Evan Engram Fantasy Value
Evan Engram is in a weird spot in 2019 fantasy football drafts. He's caught between the top tier of tight ends and the lower-drafted sleeper tight ends. That could be a sweet spot for his value though.
Engram has been a target hog so far through his first two NFL seasons, and despite playing only 26 games, his 179 targets are the seventh-most ever for a tight end across their first two pro seasons.
That has translated to plenty of fantasy football value so far, ranking fourth at the position in 2017 and seventh in 2018 for fantasy points per game.
He's also relied on some lucky breaks though. The Giants' receiving corps has generally been banged up, and he's seen way more volume when they've been thin. His targets jumped from 5.6 per game when Odell Beckham played (11 games) to 7.8 when Beckham was out.
Fortunately for Engram's fantasy value (sorry, Giants fans), this year is looking like more of the same.
Beckham has, of course, been traded to the Cleveland Browns, and newly signed Golden Tate has been slapped with a four-game suspension. Incumbent top wideout Sterling Shepard is also nursing an injury already, having fractured his thumb in training camp.
Shepard seems to be healing up just fine, but with Tate out, the Giants' receiving room is pretty barren.
Once a highly-touted prospect as a second-round pick, Cody Latimer has gone on to catch only 46 passes across five NFL seasons. Bennie Fowler has been slightly more productive, but still only has 72 catches in five seasons. There is, effectively, no competition for targets outside of Shepard and Saquon Barkley in this offense.
Having already translated heavy target volume into excellent fantasy efficiency twice, Engram's 2019 fantasy football value is intriguing, especially while he's being drafted on average as the fifth tight end off the board.
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