FANTASY FOOTBALL: 2019 Consistency Awards - TE

Bob Lung passes out the Consistency Awards to the tight ends for 2019 Fantasy Football season! Where did your tight ends finish? Follow Bob @bob_lung.

The Fantasy Football season of 2019 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 2019 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 2019.

And the winner is….

O.J. Howard

No player was a bigger “kick-in-the-nuts” than O.J. Howard in 2019. His ADP was TE4 and everyone was expecting a big year (including myself since he had a 70% consistency rating in 2018). But good ole’ Bruce Arians never has and never will like tight ends and he certainly proved that again 2019 in Tampa Bay. Howard ended the year ranked 29th in total points and had consistency rate at a putrid 29% (which ranked him 26th). He’s currently sitting at an ADP of TE13 and I believe that still may be too high.  

 

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 2019.

And the winner is….

Darren Waller

Waller was definitely an after-thought in August of last year as his ADP was at TE20. With very little consistency in the prior year, it was tough to justify his breakout, but breakout he did! Waller ended the season ranked third in total points and had a 69% consistency rating, which ranked him seventh. He will certainly be a solid value if he stays at the current ADP of the seventh round in 2020.

 

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….

Noah Fant

Well, unlike the other positions, the tight ends did not produce a 60% or higher consistent player in 2019. In fact, the rookie tight ends were basically worthless in 2019. Noah Fant wins the award based on being the best of the worst. He ended the season ranked 14th in total points but had only a 25% Clutch Rate, which ranked him 28th. So, what does that mean for the 2020 ADP of Noah Fant? Well, of course, it’s means that he’s greatly overvalued! His current ADP is TE10 and is going in the eighth round. Nope! I’ll pass.

 

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….

Tyler Higbee

Higbee was not even on the minds of most Fantasy owners, especially after it looked like Gerald Everett was going to be the main tight end for the Rams. However, the last five games of the season, Tyler Higbee was a BEAST earning a perfect 100% consistency over those games. He ended the year at only a 40% Clutch Rating even though he was eighth in total points. What can we expect in 2020? A whole lotta inconsistency, I guarantee it.

 

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….

Evan Engram

Engram was one of my favorite picks in 2019 and he started the season as I expected with five straight Clutch Games and seven out of his first eight games. And then the ceiling collapsed as injuries did Engram and he missed the rest of the season. His 88% Clutch Rate left him ranked second overall, but because he missed eight games, he was ranked 18th in total points. Don’t worry though, he still has a current ADP in the Top 5 and I don’t believe that will change.

 

CLUTCH COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

This award goes to the Tight End that ended the 2018 season with a poor ranking in total Fantasy Points and consistency. However, in 2019, he had the greatest improvement in both categories making him very valuable to his Fantasy teams.

And the winner is….

Mark Andrews 

Andrews was much like Darren Waller, as there was a glimmer of hope for him, but there wasn’t much data in 2018 to really show that he was worth a high draft pick. His 2018 numbers were weak with only a 25% consistency ranking and was ranked 17th in total points. However, 2019 was a MUCH better season as Andrews ended the year fifth in total points and had a consistency rating of 67% for a ninth place ranking. Andrews should have a Top 6 ADP in 2020 and should continue his solid consistency.

 

CLUTCH MVP

This award goes to the Tight End that ended the 2019 with the best combination of total Fantasy Points and consistency.

And the winner is….

Travis Kelce

Kelce wins his THIRD consecutive Consistency MVP award. And for the second straight season, Kelce dominated the tight end position. He was once again #1 in total points and was 34 points ahead of second place. He was ranked #1 in consistency with a 94% Clutch Rate and had a xConsistency of 15.07 (also #1). The key once again in 2020 is how high do you have to draft Kelce to get him. I’m expecting in the second round once again. He just might be worth it.

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