Last week we covered Wide Receivers in our Buy, Sell, and Hold series for Devy leagues. This week I will give you three names for tight ends. I know tight ends are not as exciting, but more leagues are going to tight end premium scoring. That is why TIGHT ENDS MATTER TOO!!
There is a shortage of good options after the elite tight ends in the NFL. College Football is even more complicated because of the lack of production at the position. Only 11 tight ends in all of college football had over 500 yards, and only 24 had over 50 targets. Most of the time in Devy leagues, you are looking for traits that would translate to the NFL. So for those who may not know what tight ends to target, let’s look at some options to buy or sell.
BUY: Ben Yurosek, Stanford
Stanford, in the past ten years, has rivaled Iowa as tight end university. They have sent players like Dalton Schultz, Zach Ertz, and Austin Hooper to the NFL. The next could be Ben Yurosek, who is kind of going under the radar because of Stanford’s struggles in the last couple of years. In the past two years, he has been targeted over 120 times for over 1,000 yards.
Yurosek does not get the hype like Brock Bowers or Ja’Tavion Sanders, but he has a lot of traits that the NFL is looking for. His game looks to be pro-ready, and he has good speed for his size. If you are looking for a tight end for the next class, then Yurosek might be the guy, as he will be much cheaper than more prominent names. Yurosek could be an add-in to a bigger trade that could pay dividends if he continues to develop his blocking.
SELL: Jaheim Bell, Florida State
I am actually a big fan of Jaheim Bell, but I am not totally sold on him being picked in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft. He is very athletic and fits the mold of the receiving tight end that isn’t held in to block very much. Last year Bell had more usage in running the ball but only had 28 targets.
After three years at South Carolina, he moved on to Florida State to be paired with Jordan Travis. He should get more targets in the offense and show off his big play ability. At 232 lbs., he will have to improve his blocking technique to be able to be every down player. That’s why I would try to sell him with the hype of him moving to an up-and-coming offense with the Seminoles. I would try to get a lower-ranked tight end like Elijah Arroyo at Miami and try to get an extra player at running back or receiver.
HOLD: Colston Loveland, Michigan
Colston Loveland did not do much in the first half of the season for Michigan but came on strong when it mattered the most. He had back-to-back games with touchdowns against Ohio State and in the Big Ten Championship game. He is more of a traditional tight end with his big frame. He does not have great speed but uses his body well and showed the ability to high-point the ball on contested catches.
Michigan’s passing game is never elite, so the number of targets will not match more wide-open offenses. Production did not stop Luke Schoonmaker from being a second-round pick last year out of Michigan. With Jim Harbaugh’s track record with tight ends, I would want to hold on to Loveland. Improving on his blocking technique is a must in a Harbaugh offense and could give him good draft capital in 2025.
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