Tight end strategy has been a hotly-debated topic throughout the fantasy industry.
With most leagues employing a single tight end slot, the position as a whole tends to be devalued with the exception of an elite few at the top. Our own JJ Zachariason recently did a study on tight end strategy and found it to be one of the most unpredictable positions. Outside of Rob Gronkowski, employing a late-round tight end tactic has been viable due to the position's volatility.
However, Kyle Rudolph, one of the tight ends in this year's middle tier, provides sneaky upside and is a dark horse candidate to finish the year among the position's elite. Per Fantasy Football Calculator, Rudolph has an average draft position of 6.10 in standard formats (TE7), and he offers a ceiling that can rival that of those at the top tier of the position without having to burn an early-round pick to get it.
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