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
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
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
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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