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, this series comes to a close as I look at a good group of tight ends from the 2023 NFL Draft.

Stock Up: Dalton Kincaid, Buffalo Bills

About: Kincaid was the first tight end taken, a First-Round pick by the Bills. It was fair to wonder how he’d fit. For the first part of the season, it seemed the targets were split with Dawson Knox. But as the Bills came into the home stretch and the offense found its groove, Kincaid became a big piece of the passing attack. He finished as TE11, catching 73 passes for 673 yards and two touchdowns. He is a Top 12 option for me in dynasty and looking like a solid pick from last year’s rookie drafts.

Stock Up: Sam LaPorta, Detroit Lions

About: If Kincaid was good, LaPorta was great. So great, in fact, he was among consideration for Rookie of the Year. He finished as TE1, catching 86 passes for 869 yards and 10 touchdowns on 120 targets. He was great and looks like a great fit in Detroit. I have him as a Top 3 option at tight end in Dynasty, making him something of a steal in rookie drafts last season. In fact, if you snagged him and have Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, or George Kittle on the roster, I’d think about moving the bigger name.

Stock Up: Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft, Green Bay Packers

About: I’m doing the Green Bay tight ends together. One of them will end up pushing past the other, but it’s not entirely clear after a solid rookie season from both. What is clear is that Green Bay has a good, young offense, and these tight ends have a role. The pair split the starting role, with Musgrave catching 34 passes for 352 yards and a touchdown, while Kraft caught 31 for 355 yards and two touchdowns. I think they’re both worth a stash right now, though I lean toward Kraft being the better value and the better bet.

Stock Down: Michael Mayer, Las Vegas Raiders

About: I liked Mayer coming into the draft, and I didn’t think the Raiders were a bad landing spot. But we didn’t see much from him in his rookie season. He has 27 receptions for 304 yards and two touchdowns. He showed some flashes, but the Raiders’ offense had a narrow funnel and was somewhat uneven. There’s a new Offensive Coordinator and, possibly, a new quarterback. There’s still time for Mayer to develop, but right now, he’s a low-end TE2.

Stock Down: Will Mallory, Indianapolis Colts

About: Indianapolis has plenty of tight end options and not much volume. The team has Kylen Granson, Jelani Woods, Mallory, and Mo-Allie Cox. But the team also funnels targets to Michael Pittman and fellow receivers Josh Downs and Alec Pierce. It’s also unclear what kind of volume the passing game will have with Anthony Richardson. Given that, I’m not rostering Mallory at this point.

Stock Down: Luke Schoonmaker, Dallas Cowboys

About: There was some interest in Schoonmaker coming into 2023, as it looked like the Cowboys’ tight end position was wide open. Instead, Jake Ferguson seized the position and posted a TE1 season. He’s back in 2024, and that makes Schoonmaker more of a depth and rotation option. Given that, I’m not making it a point to roster him at this point.

Stock Down: Brenton Strange, Jacksonville Jaguars

About: Strange is another player who piqued some interest based on a possible opportunity. Instead, the Jaguars locked up Evan Engram to a long-term contract and he preceded to be their most reliable and productive pass-catcher. That leaves Strange as a depth player with his path to targets blocked. He’s another young tight end that I’m not making a priority when it comes to roster spots.

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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