Which Packers tight end has the best chance to be a reliable fantasy football starter in 2020?
Unless you go early at the tight end position and draft George Kittle or Travis Kelce, it can be a tough position to fill each week. Of the Green Bay Packers‘ tight ends, who should you be willing to draft late on?
There are some other talented tight ends available after the top two including Darren Waller and Hunter Henry, but if you miss out on the top players at the position, you could have to wait until later in the draft.
With Jimmy Graham gone, the Packers have a young group of tight ends. Here are my fantasy rankings for the top four this season.
1. Jace Sternberger
Second-year Jace Sternberger is the most likely tight end on the roster to take the majority of Graham’s snaps. The Packers are hoping for a big step up in year two from Sternberger.
For a late-round pick in fantasy, you’d be banking on Sternberger reaching his potential and becoming a big part of Green Bay’s offense this season.
Sternberger has the potential to become a reliable pass-catching option for Aaron Rodgers and he caught his first touchdown in the playoffs last year. But after missing half of his rookie season due to injury and then the start of training camp this year as he was on the reserve/COVID-19 list, there’s no guarantee Sternberger will be the starter in Week 1.
2. Robert Tonyan
If Sternberger doesn’t win the job right away, Robert Tonyan will likely be the TE1 in Green Bay. Tonyan is finally healthy after an injury that limited him for over half of last season. Matt LaFleur spoke highly of Tonyan earlier this week and said he’s in the running to start.
Depending on how the next few weeks of practice go in the buildup to Week 1, Tonyan could move ahead of Sternberger in these rankings. He’s a player to watch.
3. Josiah Deguara
Josiah Deguara has the potential to become a great addition to LaFleur’s offense, but will that translate into consistent fantasy production in year one? That’s doubtful. We could see flashes of potential from Deguara as a pass-catcher, but it’s hard to see him becoming a dependable fantasy starter in 2020.
4. Marcedes Lewis
Marcedes Lewis will have an important role to play for the Packers offense this season, but that’s mostly as a blocker. With only 18 catches for 195 yards and a touchdown in his first two years with the Packers, it’s unlikely Lewis becomes a tight end to start in fantasy football.