One of the most difficult decisions this year for fantasy football managers will be deciding when to draft a Tight End. This is a very scarce position in 2013 and it will be important for you to get the right value where you can. Basically, there are 2 approaches you can take this year to fill your TE spot-
Draft Jimmy Graham. At this point, he is the only tight end you want to draft before rounds 5 or 6. I wouldn’t recommend this strategy because it will more than likely leave you weak at QB, RB, or WR. Keep in mind that tight end fantasy points are more inconsistent than any of the other skill positions, so you are putting a lot of risk behind your 1st or 2nd round pick. The old saying goes- “you can’t win your fantasy league in the first round, but you certainly can lose it”.
If you ask me, there are many better options in the late 1st round/ early 2nd round that you should be targeting over Jimmy Graham, ex. Aaron Rodgers, Steven Jackson, Brandon Marshall, Dez Bryant.
Scenario # 2 (Recommended)
Wait on a Tight End. After Jimmy Graham is gone, you should be waiting until at least round 5, or even better, rounds 6, 7, or longer. If you are in a PPR league, Jason Witten should be your top target. If you don’t get Witten, you can afford to wait even longer. Frankly, there is only a small difference between the 6th and 15th ranked TEs this year (only ~20 projected points/yr. separate these TE’s in standard point leagues). As a matter of fact, decent tight end options like Ed Dickson and Brandon Myers are going in the 11th round or later.
Just remember not to panic if you don’t get a TE in the early rounds, and use those picks to draft more depth at the other skill positions, knowing there are many similar TE options to be taken later.