Free Agency has been a wild ride. It feels like nearly half the league has changed teams in the last week, leading to plenty of shifting value. So, for the next few pieces, I’ll be looking at some winners and losers from free agency by position. Today, I conclude with tight ends.

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Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons

About: Since being drafted, we’ve waited to see Pitts explode. We’ve seen flashes, but in the system run by Arthur Smith and with middling quarterback play, it didn’t come to fruition. Now, entering his fourth season, it’s wheels up with Kirk Cousins. Pitts was TE13 last season in Atlanta, only averaging 8.1 points per game. T.J. Hockenson, in Minnesota, averaged 14.6 points per game. Pitts should thrive and be the top-end TE1 we’ve wanted since he was drafted.

Dalton Schultz, Houston Texans

About: Schultz signed a one-year deal last off-season to prove his worth. It worked. In a good, young offense in Houston, he finished as TE10. Now, he’s signed a three-year extension and is part of the core of good receivers around C.J. Stroud. Schultz has TE1 upside and is a high-end TE2 for me in dynasty.

Hunter Henry, New England Patriots

About: Over the past three seasons, Henry has been a solid, stable presence in New England. He finished as TE19 last season due largely to the inconsistency of the offense. The team is in line to take a new quarterback in 2024, which should lead to increased offensive efficiency. I like him as a solid TE2.

Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers

About: I know what you’re thinking, didn’t he get Arthur Smith? The same Arthur Smith that limited Kyle Pitts’ ceiling? Yes, he did. But hear me out! Freiermuth is a different kind of tight end and might fit the scheme better. Additionally, the Steelers just traded away Diontae Johnson, making Freiermuth a strong second option in the passing game behind George Pickens. Freiermuth remains a fringe TE1 for me in the TE 12-15 range in dynasty.

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Noah Fant, Seattle Seahawks

About: Fant is back in Seattle on a two-year deal. It’s not a bad location; it just limits his upside in an offense with D.K. Metcalf, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, and Tyler Lockett already present. He finished as TE32 last year. Even if the Seahawks throw it a little more, it’s no lock he cracks the Top 24. He’s a high-end TE3, which is a bummer since I had hoped to see him land someone with a clearer path to meaningful targets.

T.J. Hockenson, Minnesota Vikings

About: This is the same argument as with Justin Jefferson—you’re not dropping Hockenson, but his upside likely takes a hit. Minnesota’s quarterback situation is unsettled, and there are still plenty of mouths to feed with Jefferson, Jordan Addison, and new running back Aaron Jones. Hockenson is still a TE1, but he’s no longer in the overall TE1 contention he was for me this time last off-season.

Chig Okonkwo, Tennessee Titans

About: I like Okonkwo, and he’s been a good fit for the Titans. He finished as TE21 last season. This off-season, the Titans added receiver Calvin Ridley and running back Tony Pollard. That’s more competition for targets, along with receiver DeAndre Hopkins. It’s hard to count on the Will Levis-led Titans becoming the kind of high-powered passing attack that would elevate four pass-catchers to fantasy relevance. That caps the ceiling for Okonkwo, likely leaving him as a mid-to-low-end TE2.

Gerald Everett, Chicago Bears

About: Everett was a trendy late-round TE selection in 2023. As the pass catcher on what figured to be a good offense led by Justin Herbert, that made sense. Instead, he finished a disappointing TE23 and wasn’t a reliable starter. Now, he moves to the Bears, where he’s not even the best tight end on the roster. The Bears have a suddenly loaded offense with D.J. Moore, Keenan Allen, D’Andre Swift and Cole Kmet. Everett adds great veteran depth and is a good NFL signing. For fantasy, he’s a TE3 at best.

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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