There was not a lot to be discovered at the tight end position this year. Players came and went, and it could be that a decent tight end with some value was dropped early in the season.
Ben Watson, Baltimore
Not much was expected from Watson this year in Baltimore, but he ended up being one of the most consistent fantasy performers at the position over the course of the entire season. After missing his only target in week one, he exploded for eight catches and 91 yards in week two against the Browns. From there, he rarely went for big yardage, but he was also rarely shut out of the box score. With a strong finish to the season, Watson finished the season as the #11 fantasy tight end.
Vernon Davis, Washington
Another under the radar consistent performer this season was Vernon Davis. Slightly lower in the final rankings (#16 overall), Davis had seven weeks where he had more than 55 yards receiving. Three times he caught five or more passes, and over the season he scored three touchdowns. He was nothing if consistent down the stretch, catching exactly two passes in each of his last five games while averaging 24 yards. For a position where keeping players healthy was difficult, getting some scoring from the tight end was paramount, making Davis a waiver wire wonder.
In a season where scoring was down, it was imperative that owners kept a close eye on the waiver wire and did what they could to upgrade at the kicker position. This year, a handful of players emerged as top kickers, many of which were not selected on draft day. Some came from teams that were not expected to score that much, and in a couple of cases, players emerged during the season either taking over a job that they were able to keep and excel in.
Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams
Known to fantasy owners for his work in previous seasons, not much was expected from the Rams this season so his production was an unknown. He announced that 2017 was going to be his season right out of the gate by connecting three times during the first week’s game. One of those was from over 50, and he added five extra points on top of the field goals. Those that were able to grab him right away enjoyed a season where the Rams scores early and often. Zuerlein only missed twice all season, connecting 38 times from three point range. True to his past, he was excellent from distance, hitting six of seven from 50+, while going a perfect 12-12 in the 40s. He ended the season as the top fantasy kicker, a truly valuable waiver wire wonder.
Robbie Gould, San Francisco
The 49ers entered the season with a major question mark at quarterback, and the play at that position was a problem for most of the season. Many times, difficulty with an offense can translate into several chances for the kicker, and that was indeed the case here with Robbie Gould. After a quiet opening week, Gould connected 13 times from three point range over the next four games. Things quieted down a bit over the midseason games, but when Jimmy Garoppolo took over, the kicks once again game at a fast and furious pace. He ended the season with 39 field goals and finished as the #2 overall fantasy kicker.
Ryan Succop, Tennessee
Another kicker from a team that had many questions, Succop emerged as a great fantasy asset. He had eight weeks where he kicked three or more field goals as he connected for 35 three pointers over the course of the season. He was a bit inconsistent, but he ended the season as the 8th best fantasy kicker.
Harrison Butker, Kansas City
Taking over for the injured Cairo Santos, Butker joined an offense that was scoring at will early in the season. His first game as a Chief in week four, he booted three field goals and followed up that effort with five three pointers the next week. He had at least one field goal in each game, and eight times he connected on three or more field goals in a game. Long range kicks were not his forte, but even missing three weeks of the season he was able to finish as the 4th best fantasy kicker.