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Zach Brunner’s TE Fantasy Football Busts for 2020

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Three fantasy football busts at tight end for 2020, including Rob Gronkowski, Mark Andrews and Tyler Higbee for your NFL drafts

Nobody wins their league in the draft. However, you can place yourself on the right path. Nailing your field few picks will lead your on the road to your league’s championship. That is why the proper research is crucial, limiting your risk of selecting one of this season’s fantasy football busts.

So, it is important to do your research and scout these players. Lucky for you, I have done some of this scouting already. These are three tight ends that I believe could be fantasy football busts in 2020.


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TE Fantasy Football Busts

Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

ADP: TE9 | 78th Overall

Gronkowski feels the best he has felt in years and he has been amazing in practice. Let me know how he feels after the first couple pops in Week 1, because that’s all I care about. I fully believe Gronkowski does feel great, but that’s while practicing on air, which he also said he needed to get himself back up to speed with. Game speed is an entirely different level, for which he will need some adjustment time.

Still, that’s not my issue with taking Gronkowski as a top-10 tight end. Instead, I think he is a potential fantasy football bust because of his role on this offense. In New England, he was the go-to option. He was a mismatch in the middle of the field and the first option in the red zone. In Tampa Bay, I don’t know if that’s the case.

For the middle of the field, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are two terrific receiving options, as are the other two tight ends on the team, O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate. In the red zone, the Buccaneers have plenty of size with Evans and the other two tight ends. So, the roles where Gronkowski thrived in while on the Patriots are now going to be shared among multiple players. This along with the obvious injury risk gives him bust potential.

Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens

ADP: TE4 | 42nd Overall

There’s a couple different reasons why Andrews is a potential fantasy football bust this season, with the latter being something new we must consider. First, while I believe an ADP of TE4 is probably right, it’s too early to take him at 42nd overall. There’s such a steep drop-off at tight end after the first two that both the TE3 and TE4 are going too early. Give respect to those top two players, then draft the rest of the position where they need to be. Reaching for Andrews, like many are doing, is unneeded.

This second reason is state of the world we live in now. Andrews has diabetes, and those with diabetes are at a greater risk of experiencing more severe symptoms of COVID-19. While one player may be able to bounce back in a couple weeks, there’s a legitimate concern that Andrews contracting the virus could end his season. While you shouldn’t draft your team around these kinds of concerns, it’s still notable.


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Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams

ADP: TE8 | 77th Overall

Higbee had his ups and downs last season, but he came away with the fantasy expectations of being a TE1 this season, and I think we need to slow our roll a bit.

In his first 57 games, Higbee had just seven with more than five targets. After Gerald Everett got injured last season, Higbee saw 56 targets in the final five games. The Rams made the adjustment to play two-TE formations slightly more last season, which I think will be the case again in 2020. While Higbee is definitely the Rams tight end to own, I think Everett will be involved, hurting Higbee’s overall value.


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Zach Brunner is the founder of FlurrySports and a featured sports betting and fantasy sports expert for numerous outlets. With an education in business, coaching and history education, he has taken a little bit from all of his experiences to give him a well-rounded, unique point of view in the sports industry. Follow him on Twitter @FantasyFlurry to keep up with other things he is doing.

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