Our Awesemo NFL fantasy expert Dave “Loughy” Loughran has gone through some of his fantasy football rankings for 2021 already with his Top 5 Rookie QBs, Top 5 Rookie WRs, Top 5 Rookie RBs, Top Sleeper QBs, Top Sleeper RBs and Top Sleeper WRs to draft this season. Now, Loughy is back for more fantasy football content. This time, he’s giving you his Top 3 Fantasy Football Sleeper TEs for the upcoming season. These are the tight ends you should be targeting for a bit more research and checking out their potential to help win your league, because not everyone is going to end up with a Travis Kelce and George Kittle. Loughy will break down these players, their potential upside and how they’ll be fitting into their current teams, as well as where you should be drafting them in your ESPN, CBS, Yahoo, Best Ball and dynasty leagues this year.
One of Loughy’s favorite TEs is definitely in consideration for being one of the top sleepers in discussion in 2021. Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee is sitting nicely inside Dave’s Top 3 sleepers. So, who are the other fellas to crack this list? Let Loughy break it all down for you.
Check out this excerpt from Matt Gajewski’s 2021 Rookie Dynasty Rankings
1. Ja’Marr Chase — Cincinnati Bengals
Letting A.J. Green walk this offseason, the Bengals reunited Joe Burrow with Chase with the fifth overall pick. Cincinnati’s 60.5% pass rate ranked 13th last season in a year where Burrow suffered a season-ending injury. Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins accounted for 110 and 108 targets, respectively, last season, but this offense looks capable of taking an explosive leap similar to Dallas last year. While Chase should immediately slide into a starting role, he will compete with more talent than other rookies in this year’s class. Still, Chase’s dominant collegiate profile keeps him at the top of dynasty rankings.
2. Najee Harris — Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers vacated 169 carries and 43 targets from 2020 by letting James Conner go. Standing 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, Harris functioned as a workhorse at Alabama, with 1,446 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns as a senior. He also contributed 43 receptions for another 425 yards in 2020. Harris should slide into a feature-back role immediately for Pittsburgh, giving the best shot to finish as an RB1 for the 2021 fantasy season. Long-term, Harris is a 23-year-old rookie behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines with a 39-year old Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback.
See who rounds out the rest of Matt’s Top-20 rankings.