Potential Tight End Sleepers for the 2019 Fantasy Football Season

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 11:  Jack Doyle #84 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball during the game against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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2018 was a weird year for the tight end position in fantasy football. Some true stars emerged in Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz and George Kittle -- each of whom eclipsed 250 fantasy points. Outside of that group, there were only four TEs to reach even 150 fantasy points.

Once you're past that top tier, you're not going to find yourself a safe, high-floor player. What you should look for in a fantasy football sleeper tight end instead is a high ceiling, with the potential to break out into (or at least close to) that top tier. Here are three players that fit the bill.

1. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 16: Austin Hooper #81 of the Atlanta Falcons makes a catch during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 16, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The TE6 in PPR scoring last season, Austin Hooper is getting way under-drafted with an average draft position (ADP) of TE11. Even with the Atlanta Falcons adding Calvin Ridley into the fold in 2018, Hooper set a new career-high in targets (88). His workload has increased in each of his NFL seasons, and it doesn't hurt to be tied to the highly-productive Matt Ryan either.

2. Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - NOVEMBER 18: Jack Doyle #84 of the Indianapolis Colts runs the ball in the game against the Tennessee Titans in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Eric Ebron is getting the love in Indianapolis after scoring 14 touchdowns in 2018. Injuries limited Jack Doyle to only six games though, and when he played, Doyle out-snapped Ebron 330 to 166 and out-targeted him 33 to 22. Touchdowns are high-variance events, and Ebron could take a step back while Doyle should impress with 16 games of targets from Andrew Luck.

3. T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - APRIL 25: T.J. Hockenson of Iowa reacts after being chosen #8 overall by the Detroit Lions during the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Rookie tight ends get a bad rap, but seven of the 22 first-round picks at the position since 2000 saw at least 60 targets in their rookie seasons, and another three saw at least 50. The Lions have lost players accounting for over 25 percent of their targets from 2018, and T.J. Hockenson's elite athleticism and college production are positive signs that he can step in and turn those targets into big fantasy numbers.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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