FANTASY FOOTBALL: 2017 Consistency Awards - TE

Bob Lung passes out the Consistency Awards to the tight ends for 2017 Fantasy Football season! Where did your tight ends finish? Follow Bob @bob_lung.

The Fantasy Football season of 2017 is in the books and there were many Clutch tight ends and some, well, not so much. Therefore, in the heart of Awards season, it’s time to announce the 2017 Clutch Awards for the Tight Ends!

WORST VALUE

This award goes to the Tight End that had the highest ADP at the beginning of the season and ended the season with the worst combination of total Fantasy Points and consistency. Thus, making him the worst value at tight end in 2017.

And the winner is….

Greg Olsen and Jordan Reed

Yep, it’s a tie! Because both of these top tight ends were great at the beginning of the year and worthless by the end of the year. Yes, I realize they were injured for most of the year. However, when they did play, they were terrible! Olsen went ONE for seven in Clutch Games and Reed went three for six. I’m not touching either one of them next year and neither should you.

 

BEST VALUE

This award goes to the Tight End that had the lowest ADP at the beginning of the season and ended the season with the best combination of total Fantasy Points and consistency. Thus, making the best value at tight end in 2016.

And the winner is….

Ben Watson

Let’s be honest, no one drafted Ben Watson. His ADP last summer was TE31! However, very quietly, he ended the year 11th in total points and was ranked seventh in consistency with a 69% Clutch Rate. Now, will I draft him in 2018? Doubtful, but if he’s still the main tight end in Baltimore, he may be a waiver wire pickup in September.

 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

This award goes to the rookie Tight End that had ended the season with the best combination of total Fantasy Points and consistency.

And the winner is….

Evan Engram

This was an easy one as no other rookie tight end was even close! Engram reached the elite level as being only the SECOND tight end since 2010 to earn over a 60% Clutch Rate in his rookie season. Engram ended the year ranked sixth in total points and had a 73% Clutch Rate, which ranked him fifth in consistency. He’s an easy Top 7 pick next year regardless of who is quarterbacking in New York.

 

CLUTCH-LESS

This award goes to the Tight End that ended the season with a high ranking in total Fantasy Points, but his consistency was lower than expected. Therefore, making him look more valuable (due to high points rank) than he was worth to his Fantasy teams.

And the winner is….

Jared Cook and Eric Ebron

Yep, another tie with BAD players! These two were almost as worthless as Olsen and Reed. They were ranked 12th (Cook) and 13th (Ebron) in total Fantasy points, but their consistency was horrible as they both had a 38% Clutch Rate, ranking tied for 19th in consistency. Just like Olsen and Reed, Cook and Ebron WILL NOT be on my teams next season!

 

CLUTCH-MORE

This award goes to the Tight End that ended the season with a low ranking in total Fantasy Points, but his consistency was higher than expected. Therefore, making him look less valuable (due to high points rank) to his Fantasy teams, when he was actually worth MORE!

And the winner is….

Hunter Henry

Henry had a slow start the year and missed two games due to injury. This was the main reasons he ended the year ranked 14th in total Fantasy points. However, he did end the year ranked 10th in consistency. There’s some hope for him next year, IF Antonio Gates retires. If he doesn’t. Don’t buy the hype for Henry.

 

CLUTCH COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

This award goes to the Tight End that ended the 2015 season with a poor ranking in total Fantasy Points and consistency. However, in 2016, he had the greatest improvement in both categories making him very valuable to his Fantasy teams.

And the winner is….

Vernon Davis

I researched this one pretty thoroughly and Davis was the only one who really jumped out at me. Davis was an afterthought this past summer because of Jordan Reed being in his way in Washington. However, Reed was Reed and was hurt most of the year. Davis filled in admirably and ended the year 15th in total points but 11th in consistency. Not bad for a player, who in 2016 was 21st in total points and had a 47% Clutch Rate.

 

CLUTCH MVP

This award goes to the Tight End that ended the 2016 with the best combination of total Fantasy Points and consistency.

And the winner is….

Travis Kelce

Another season and another year that Rob Gronkowski is shut out of the MVP award! Well, Gronk was a VERY close second this year, Kelce was #1 in total Fantasy points (beat Gronk by 9.5 pts) and #1 in consistency (beat Gronkby 1%) with an 80% Clutch Rate! Hey, a win is a win! At this point, heading into 2018, I truly believe that I’m drafting Kelce, Gronk or Ertz. The gap between them and the rest of the field is huge! Kyle Rudolph and Evan Engram were the only other tight ends over 70% Clutch Rate, but they were over 60+ points behind Kelce! The key will be what will the ADP’s of Kelce, Gronk and Ertz going to fall out at. In the first mock draft of the year on Sirius XM, they went as follows: Gronk (2nd); Kelce (3rd) and Ertz (5th). Based on that, I’ll be drafting Ertz (with Trey Burton as my handcuff).

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