Would You Rather: Draft Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz or George Kittle in 2019 Fantasy Football

Mike Esposito
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Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz and George Kittle were elite fantasy tight ends last season, and they enter the 2019 as the top three fantasy tight ends, according to ESPN's 2019 PPR rankings. The three are so close when it comes to both talent and production that choosing between them when it comes to your fantasy football draft is no easy task.

With three players vying to be the first tight end taken in upcoming fantasy drafts, you clearly can't go wrong with owning any of them in the NFL's 100th season.

While Ertz led the three in receptions in 2018 (116), Kittle was tops in receiving yards (1,377) and all three were behind the Colts' Eric Ebron when it came to touchdowns.

But Kelce could be the answer when it comes to who should be selected first in 2019 fantasy drafts. He was second in all three categories last season with 103 receptions, 1,336 receiving yards and 10 TDs. Plus, the weapons around him won't be the same in 2019. With Tyreek Hill facing suspension, the 137 targets the embattled wideout saw last season will have to be redistributed, adding to Kelce's upside.

Kelce has also been the most consistent fantasy tight end in the NFL over the past three seasons, and his numbers in his first season catching passes from NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes were all career highs.

It's good to remember that both Ertz and Kittle will actually have different QBs in 2019 than they did last season. With the return of Carson Wentz and Jimmy Garoppolo, there will likely be a lot fewer check downs than the tight ends received from Nick Foles and the combination of C. J. Beathard and Nick Mullens.

With Kelce putting up fringe WR1 numbers in 2018, and a legitimate shot to improve on them this coming season, the Chiefs' tight end will likely be the first off the board in fantasy drafts. But you honestly can't go wrong with any of these three options as your TE1 in 2019.


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Mike Esposito is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Mike Esposito also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username espo6891. 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 their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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