Fantasy Football: Top 15 Tight Ends to Target for 2017

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Fantasy Football Tight Ends to Target in 2017 – Number 8: KYLE RUDOLPH

2016 Ranking: 2nd

I’ve always been skeptical about drafting Kyle Rudolph ever since I selected him a few years ago and he provided next to nothing for me. The 2016 season was a different kind of year for Rudolph, however, as he had the second best stats for tight ends in fantasy football.

Rudolph, who had previously been catching passes from the likes of Christian Ponder and Teddy Bridgewater, saw a surge in production from Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford. The two connected on 83 receptions for 840 yards and seven touchdowns.

Rudolph put up 209 points in fantasy football last year, being only one of three tight ends a season ago to go for over 200 points. While he is still going to be a productive tight end, don’t expect him to be nearly as good. Bradford has shown he’s not the most consistent quarterback and relying on him to stay healthy isn’t a great idea.

Kyle Rudolph will probably be a popular tight end selection by a lot of fans due to his production a season ago, but I’m still weary of him due to seeing him struggle in years past. I can’t put him any higher than eighth for that reason alone.