With the 2018 NFL season kicking off Thursday night, many fantasy football drafts have either wrapped up or the late crowd is putting together their finishing touches. With that being said, fantasy owners had to consider which players to draft and which ones to avoid.
Among the players on the “avoid” list is Evan Engram.
The young New York Giants tight end is entering his sophomore season and is looking to build on a good rookie campaign. Engram possesses the attributes that make him a difficult cover. At 6-foot-3, Engram is taller than most linebackers or safeties who will cover him. As shown with his 4.42 40-yard time in last year’s NFL Scouting Combine, Engram can also outrun whoever stands in front of him.
Engram skill set should have made him hot commodity come fantasy draft day. As a matter of fact, Engram is a borderline top-five tight end when it comes to fantasy rankings.
However, drafting Engram as a team’s TE1 could cause problems down the line. If you fall in that category of owners who have drafted him, be wary.
What will hinder Engram’s production this upcoming season is the other people who surround him. Superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is returning from injury, and he is the No. 1 option in New York. The Giants did use the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on running back Saquon Barkley, so he will have a massive role in the offense.
Lastly, if quarterback Eli Manning is consistent this season, it may not matter because Manning doesn’t favor his tight ends.
Let’s dive into some reasons Engram might be a bit worrisome for owners this season.
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