Fantasy TE Sleepers for 2022
Every seasoned DFS player knows that the tight end position can make or break your roster. It's a tricky position to draft just because there are four or five high performers and a lot of middle-of-the-road contributors.
Since there aren't many reliable options at tight end besides Kelce, Andrews, Pitts, and maybe Kittle (when he's healthy), finding a few decent sleeper options is crucial to your fantasy football success. Here are our Top 3 tight end sleepers of 2022 as well as their current team and ADP.
1. Evan Engram, Jacksonville Jaguars (ADP: 168)
Our favorite sleeper pick at TE for 2022 is Evan Engram. The former Ole Miss Rebel needed a change of scenery after a few lackluster seasons with the Giants. Though Engram was a Pro Bowler and received 109 targets in 2020, he only caught one touchdown that season.
The 27-year-old caught three touchdowns last season but his overall yardage and receptions took a severe nosedive. Now that Urban Meyer is out of town and Super Bowl-winning Doug Pederson is at the helm, we expect the Jags to be more polished on offense in 2022.
Second-year QB Trevor Lawrence should continue to improve and he should love having a big target like Engram (6-3, 240) as his safety valve over the middle of the field. If Engram can stay healthy, we look for him to possibly replicate his 2017 numbers when he hauled in 64 receptions for 722 yards and 6 TDs.
2. Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Chargers (ADP: 177)
Everett was drafted in the second round of the 2017 draft but he's yet to have a big-time breakout season. However, the former South Alabama standout set career highs in receptions (48), yards (478), and touchdowns (4) in 2021 with the Seahawks. We think Everett will fit in nicely in Brandon Staley and Joe Lombardi's offense.
Justin Herbert is quickly becoming one of the NFL's top passers so Everett's production could increase quite a bit in 2022. Though most of the targets will go to veterans like Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, Everett is a viable goal-line threat at 6-3 and 240 pounds.
The Chargers' offensive line did a good job of protecting Herbert last season. We think with the help of first-round draft pick Zion Johnson that Herbert could have even more time to throw in 2022. That could spell bad news for opposing teams and possibly good news for a sleeper prospect like Everett.
3. C.J. Uzomah, New York Jets, (ADP: 218)
It doesn't seem like Uzomah is on anyone's radar, even though he's coming off his best pro season. In the Joe Burrow-led Bengals offense, Uzomah racked up 49 receptions for 493 yards and 5 TDs. Perhaps folks are overlooking Uzomah because of the MCL injury that he sustained in the playoffs last year.
Since he's moving from Burrow to Zach Wilson, we do expect a dip in production from Uzomah in 2022. However, we still expect Uzomah to put up some decent numbers since he is likely to be the starting tight end.
The Jets have some nice playmakers coming in from the draft in Garrett Wilson and Breece Hall. Combine those two rookies with a star second-year wideout like Elijah Moore and we think the Jets could take some nice steps forward offensively in 2022. Uzomah will be a part of that improvement projection.