With the NFL Draft kicking off on April 26th, it gives every team a chance to improve themselves with young talent. Although only a few players at each position will make a real fantasy football impact as rookies, there are still many who are worth keeping on your radar. These positional rankings are based on their 2018 fantasy football potential, followed by stashability in dynasty leagues.. Check back throughout the week for the rest of the positional rankings.
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1. Mike Gesicki — The former Nittany Lion is the definition of a physical freak. Standing at 6-foot-6, 247 lbs, he posted the top vertical (41.5 inches), the top broad jump (129 inches) and tied for the fastest 40 (4.54 seconds) at his position. He’s a complete zero as a blocker, but he’s in the mold of Evan Engram and Aaron Hernandez — the ultimate mismatch as a big receiver. It would be an upset if he doesn’t put up the most fantasy points in this tight end class.
Best fantasy fit: New England Patriots
2. Dallas Goedert — Goedert is the best overall tight end in this class and should be the first tight end off the board. The former South Dakota State Jack Rabbit is a very good route runner and possesses the athleticism to make plays at all three levels. He is a future three-down tight end who will make an immediate impact.
Best fantasy fit: New Orleans Saints
3. Hayden Hurst — The soon to be 25 year old tight end is a former baseball player who played in the Pirates system. Hurst has a great blend of size and athleticism that makes him a tough cover, along with being a solid blocker. He’s a future three-down tight end who didn’t put up great numbers on an average South Carolina team, but should be a better pro.
Best fantasy fit: Denver Broncos
4. Mark Andrews — Baker Mayfield’s No. 1 target was a touchdown machine, recording 22 touchdowns on only 112 collegiate receptions. He’s a mismatch in the red zone and he could potentially be a sneaky great fantasy option at some point this year. Only Gesicki rivals him as a pass catching tight end.
Best fantasy fit: Houston Texans
5. Ian Thomas — Thomas had little-to-no production during his two seasons at Indiana, which could be a cause for concern. However, he has the build and athleticism to make noise in the NFL. He’s extremely raw, but has a very high upside and could make an early impact if he clicks early.
Best fantasy fit: Miami Dolphins
Others to keep an eye on: Christopher Herndon, Tyler Conklin, Troy Fumagalli