Now that the NFL draft is behind us, it is time for fantasy football nuts to start breaking down the rookies. Here’s the LestersLegends’ look at the 2014 NFL rookie tight end class.
1. Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions
Ebron is 6’4″ and 245 pounds with 4.6 speed, making him a nightmare for defenses, particularly when they have to focus on Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush. Ebron caught 62 passes last year for 973 yards and three touchdowns.
In 2012, he caught 40 passes for 625 yards and four scores. During his time at North Carolina, Ebron averaged 16.1 yards per catch. Ebron will have to improve on his red-zone prowess to really make noise, but he should be a solid fantasy option right away.
2. Jace Amaro, New York Jets
Amaro caught 106 passes for 1,352 yards and seven touchdowns last year at Texas Tech. He is 6’5″ and 260 pounds with 4.74 speed. The Jets are thirsty for offensive firepower outside of Eric Decker, which could lead to plenty of targets for Amaro right out of the gate.
There is a good chance that he leads all tight ends in receptions and/or yards.
3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Seferian-Jenkins, at 6’6″ and 276 pounds, gives the Bucs another huge target. He has caught 146 passes over the past three seasons for 1,840 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Between Seferian-Jenkins, Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, the Bucs have loaded up with tall weapons for Josh McCown. Seferian-Jenkins could lead all rookie tight ends in touchdown receptions.
4. Troy Niklas, Arizona Cardinals
Niklas, at 6’6″ and 270 pounds, gives the Cardinals a huge option at tight end. He caught 32 passes last year at Notre Dame for 498 yards and five touchdowns.
Defenses will be concerned with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, which should allow Niklas to get good looks. He will be useful in the red zone.
5. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans
Fiedorowicz is 6’6″ and 262 pounds with 4.76 speed. He caught 75 passes over the past two seasons for 732 yards and seven touchdowns for Iowa. The Hawkeyes threw just 375 times compared to 557 rushing attempts.
In a pass-heavy league, Fiedorowicz could easily emerge as better pro player than he was at the collegiate level. Fiedorowicz should make his mark in the red zone.
Also check out:
- 2014 Top Five Rookie Fantasy Football QBs
- 2014 Top Five Rookie Fantasy Football RBs
- 2014 Top Five Rookie Fantasy Football WRs
Combine results courtesy of ESPN.com.