6. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
Kyle Rudolph is one of the many great receiving options for the Minnesota Vikings. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen are some of the NFL’s premier wide receivers. Now, with Kirk Cousins under center, it seems likely that the Vikings spread the field more this season. With two great receivers running deeper routes, it opens up the middle of the field and underneath passes. Rudolph will excel in this system with solid quarterback play.
Tallying eight touchdown receptions in 2017, Rudolph saw a dip in his total of receptions, finishing with 57. It does not seem likely that he has the same problem in the upcoming season. While there are other great receivers on the roster, Rudolph will undoubtedly see the most open field. With an incredibly large frame and physical play style, he will be a great fantasy tight end this season.
5. Jimmy Graham, Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers signed Jimmy Graham this offseason to a three-year deal. This was one of the most underrated free agent signings this year. While Graham is 31, his immediate impact for the Packers cannot be overlooked. His overall production and numbers took a dip with the Seattle Seahawks due to injury and overall scheme fit. However, last season Graham had 10 receiving touchdowns. Anyone that has watched Graham play in his career knows how dangerous he is in the Red Zone.
At 6-foot-7, he provides a mismatch that Aaron Rodgers has not seen during his time with the Packers. Rodgers has, however shown what he can make of a competent tight end. Although somewhat rare, when Jermichael Finley was healthy, he put up good numbers. Graham is a better player than Finley ever was. In the Packers offense, Graham may shine brighter than any tight end the team has seen in recent history.
While Graham is a dominant player, he has struggled remaining healthy. Entering his ninth NFL season, his health has a heavy influence on the Packers offense. It is likely that the team will use his size and athleticism for a safety blanket. Aaron Rodgers top passing options are always a good fantasy football option. Graham fits the bill.