A Message For Zach Ertz Dynasty Owners (or Would-be Owners)…
I pounded the desk on this in-season 2018, but it remains true in 2019…truer than ever. If you own Zach Ertz, he’s your key TE weapon in PPR…you would be very wise to/you have a duty to add Dallas Goedert as your TE2 to back him up.
…a tight end ‘handcuff’ if you will.
You cannot name another tight end in the NFL where if the high-level starter goes down…the backup enters and is even better than the starter.
First off, you can’t name more than a handful of top fantasy tight ends…
They would be: Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, George Kittle, used-to-be Rob Gronkowski, and you HOPE Evan Engram and O.J. Howard, plus I’ll add Eric Ebron just to address it.
Who is Travis Kelce’s backup? Unknown…Demetrius Harris could be gone via free agency. If Kelce went down, Harris would be a TE1 consideration…but low-end. He’s no Kelce.
George Kittle? Garrett Celek isn’t anything like Kittle.
Gronk? He’s barely a top 5 tight end for fantasy anymore, much less he may be gone via retirement soon. He’s been hurt a bunch the past two years and all the backups who started in his place…nothing. Gronk is Gronk.
Evan Engram? There is no one like Evan Engram…no one.
O.J. Howard? Cameron Brate has mild hopes as long as Jameis is QB, but he’s nothing like OJH. And Brate is likely done in Tampa as well. 99% sure of it, he’ll be released for money reasons.
Eric Ebron? You think he has a repeat of 2018? Jack Doyle is decent but is different styled than Ebron. They are both TE1 PPR potentials together and if one or the other goes down, but Doyle won’t revolutionize the TE position if Ebron goes down.
However, if Zach Ertz goes down…Dallas Goedert is better than him. He’s bigger, better hands, and a better blocker…he’s the next Gronk, if there is such a thing. All he lacks experience and time with Wentz. If Ertz goes down, Goedert is a threat to be a top 3 tight end…and a threat to send Ertz packing via trade because Goedert is so damn good.
If you worry about carrying two TEs comfortably on your roster, because no one really suggests that (in 15-16 man roster leagues) -- so what? I mean, if you have Ertz-Kittle, then don’t worry -- but anything aside from Ertz with Kelce or Kittle…then you should heed my advice. Having Ertz-Goedert means you have no worries all season…except their bye week, then just pick up a mercenary TE for one week and drop them after.
You’ve sat on RB ‘handcuffs’ before. This TE ‘handcuff’ play assures you have a top 3 PPR tight end all year but for one week. It’s the only time, today, a ‘handcuff’ tight end makes all the sense in the world. Lock down your elite/high-output TE situation over guessing on ANOTHER wild card RB hopeful…there’s plenty of RB wild cards popping up every week.
In non-PPR leagues, not really critical to do this. Half-point PPR…it’s worth considering, but full PPR…it’s on.