2016 Draft Kit

Boom or bust PPR tight end projections for NFL Playoffs: Conference championships

If you want to know what I think about tight ends this week you should really go back and read the standard tight ends projections post. Not much has changed since we added in the PPR.

In fact, none of the rankings changed, the projection totals just got a little bigger.

Just like I did in the PPR running back rankings, I’m going to take a second to toot my own horn again. During the Wild Card round I saw somebody — a really smart football-type somebody — Tweet out a “wait, who is Darren Fells?” That was after the Cardinals tight end scored a one-yard TD catch from quarterback Ryan Lindley in the worst offensive performance in NFL playoffs history.

Earlier in the day in my tight ends post I said Fells was somebody we probably shouldn’t worry about that day, but somebody we’d be talking about for 2015 drafts.

Fells turned down football scholarships to big time PAC-10 schools to play basketball for UC-Irvine and joined the international basketball ranks right out of college, playing in Belgium, Finland, Mexico and Argentina, according to an article at ESPN.com.

After a 2013 tryout with the Seahawks — which included only five routes on which he caught everything thrown his way — he was cut on the final day of cuts before joining the Arizona Cardinal’s practice squad.

Fells is certainly a project — those 2013 routes were the first the 27-year-old had run since high school — but he’s a 6-foot-7, 281-pound monster of a project. … Who caught a touchdown in a playoff game. … And who was targeted 10 times in the last three weeks of the regular season. The let’s-see-what-we-got-in-this-kid-tryout ended with five catches and 71 yards. Not a bad line for someone who is still learning the tight end position.

I’ll be snagging him for my deep dynasty teams and I’ll be targeting him as a late-round TE sleeper in my season-long drafts next year, especially if there are rumblings he might start.

Wait, there’s still football this season? Right, let’s get to those PPR tight end projections.

Projections: QB | RB | WR | TE | FLEX | K | DEF | IDP

PPR projections: RB | WR | TE | FLEX

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