The 2023 Season is in the books. While there’s still some playoff football to help us see how players do in the clutch, for dynasty players, it’s a time to sit back, take stock, and see how players fared. Over the next couple of months, I’ll be looking back at the 2023, 2022, and 2021 classes by position. I’ll be evaluating if their stock rose, remained the same, or dropped during the course of the season. Now could be the time to sell high, buy low, or hold on to a winning hand. Today, I continue with the 2022 Tight Ends.

Stock Up: Trey McBride, Arizona Cardinals

About: McBride was the first tight end off the board in the 2022 draft and arguably the most talented. But he didn’t land in an ideal situation as a rookie, with a crowd in Arizona including veteran tight end Zach Ertz. The 2023 season wasn’t kind to the Cardinals, but in the midst of that, McBride got a chance to soar. He finished as TE7 on the season, seeing 101 targets that he turned into 81 receptions for 825 yards and three touchdowns. The Cardinals are in the midst of a rebuild, but McBride looks like a rock in the passing game and a Top 12 option at the position. If you took a chance on him and rode out an uneven rookie year, you’re looking good now.

Stock Up: Cade Otton, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

About: Otton is another player who emerged from a crowd to look like a solid bet at a rocky position. He had a strong year, finishing as TE20 for a Buccaneers team that made the playoffs. He’s not a rock-solid starter each week yet, but he looks like a young player growing into the position. He’s a decent stash or a buy-low for me. There are questions about the Buccaneers this off-season, but that could bring an enhanced opportunity for Otton.

Stock Up: Jake Ferguson, Dallas Cowboys

About: Few players took as dramatic a leap in year two as Ferguson. He got a great opportunity when the Cowboys moved on from Dalton Schultz and took advantage. He finished as TE9 on the season and looked like the No. 2 option in the passing game behind CeeDee Lamb for much of the season. He saw more than 100 targets, catching 71 passes for 761 yards and five touchdowns. I like him going forward in this high-octane offense. He’s a low-end TE1 for me. If you can get him cheap, or if you stashed him last season, you’re in good shape. In fact, if you have Ferguson in addition to a bigger name like Mark Andrews or Travis Kelce, I’d think about moving on from those two and getting a draft haul. I like Ferguson moving forward.

Stock Up: Isaiah Likely, Baltimore Ravens

About: This will be an interesting off-season for the Ravens. Andrews is still there, and one of the rocks at the position. But when he missed time, Likely stepped in without missing a beat. I don’t think he can just slide back to the bench in 2024. He finished with 30 receptions for 411 yards and five touchdowns. So, what does that mean? It could mean more two tight end sets for a Ravens’ team lacking in great passing weapons. Or it could mean Likely is a player that will be a potential trade target. While you might not get an incredible return in 2024, Likely is a player I’m holding or picking up cheap.

Stock Neutral: Chig Okonkwo, Tennessee Titans

About: Chig has been a solid contributor for the past two seasons in Tennessee. He had another decent season, finishing as TE21. He had 54 receptions for 528 yards on 77 targets for a team that doesn’t sling the ball around the field. The Titans are in the midst of more changes, leaving uncertainty about the offense in 2024. The hope is new coach Brian Callahan will help Will Levis and this group take a step up. The Titans also need more weapons, and it’s fair to wonder if DeAndre Hopkins will be back. I like Chig as a TE2. If you have him, be sure you have other options, but if you can acquire him cheaply, he’s a player who could make a year-three leap in the right offense.

Stock Down: Greg Dulcich, Denver Broncos

About: The best ability is availability. Dulcich hasn’t shown that ability. He missed seven games as a rookie and appeared in just two games last season, catching just three passes. Does he have talent? Yes. Is there potential in Denver? Yes, again. But I have no faith Dulcich can get on the field long enough to be part of the solution. Given his position and draft capital, you can’t just release him. He also doesn’t have much trade value at the moment. But he’s also not a player I feel comfortable counting on moving forward. This is probably a worst-case scenario for those who drafted him in the second round of 2022 Rookie Drafts.

Stock Down: Jelani Woods, Indianapolis Colts

About: There’s a crowded tight end group in Indianapolis, and no one seems to be taking hold of the position. Woods, a third-round pick in 2022, had 25 receptions as a rookie but missed all of the 2023 season with an injury. Right now, he’s not a player that I’m making a point to roster.

Stock Down: Jeremy Ruckert, New York Jets

About: Ruckert was another Third-Round pick that I thought had a chance to contribute in New York. Through two seasons, we haven’t really seen that. After just one reception as a rookie, he had just 16 receptions for 151 yards in year two. Could things pick up with the return of Aaron Rodgers? It’s possible, but the team also has plenty of other options. At this point, I don’t think Ruckert is worth a roster spot.

Stock Down: Daniel Bellinger, New York Giants

About: Bellinger had a surprisingly decent rookie year. He caught 30 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns. It was fair to wonder if he could step up in year two. Then, the Giants traded for Darren Waller. Waller missed time, but Bellinger only ended up with 25 receptions in his second year. He’s a regular contributor, but his path to a meaningful role is currently blocked. I get stashing him if you have space as a hedge against the oft-injured Waller, but it’s hard to count on him providing weekly fantasy value.

Matthew Fox is a die-hard NFL fan and Broncos’ homer. He’s a member of the FSWA. You can find more from him on Twitter @knighthawk7734 or as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast, a part of the Campus2Canton Network.

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