Noah Fant - TE - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant's impact is 'more likely to come in 2020 and beyond' because only four rookie tight ends in NFL history have reached 700 receiving yards, according to Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com
Huddle Up: While tight ends generally take a year two to make a consistent impact, Fant's athleticism and ability to line up out wide could speed up the process. At the very least, he figures to be a viable weapon in the red zone, and he should have value as a touchdown-dependent TE2 in redraft leagues.
Jeff Heuerman - TE - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos TEs Jeff Heuerman and Noah Fant will compete for the starting tight end job during training camp, but Heuerman will enter camp as the clear favorite for the job, in the opinion of 9News.com's Mike Klis.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players should monitor the situation to see who will start at tight end. Fant likely has more fantasy value at this point and probably can be stashed on a bench until he starts. Heuerman could be a No. 2 tight end in deeper leagues.
George Kittle - TE - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle reminds QB Jimmy Garoppolo a lot of Rob Gronkowski - both on and off the field - according to Vinnie Iyer of Sporting News. 'There are a lot of similarities - on the field and a little bit off the field, too. George is tremendous. The energy he brings every day, how he goes about his business - he's always having fun while he's doing it. Very similar to Gronk, they both enjoy what they do. It makes everything more enjoyable. It's fun to be around, and it's contagious. To have a guy like that makes our team so much closer as well as much better,' Garoppolo said.
Huddle Up: It's particularly notable because Garoppolo has been a teammate of both players. It also helps reduce any of the fear skeptical owners may have had about chemistry issues between the two since Kittle broke out in 2018 after Garoppolo was lost for the season. Kittle very much deserves to be among the top three tight ends taken in fantasy drafts this summer, but owners will need to burn a second-round pick to get him more often than not.
Mo Alie-Cox - TE - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts TE Mo Alie-Cox could play around 20 snaps per game in 2019, according to Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan.
Huddle Up: Alie-Cox is the Colts' third tight end behind Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle, but he managed two touchdowns while catching seven of 13 targets last season. He isn't worth a thought in redraft leagues, but he could have relevance in daily fantasy should either of the other two miss any time this year.
Melvin Gordon - RB - Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon will not report to training camp without a new contract. Gordon is entering the final year of his rookie deal, which would pay him $5.6 million in 2019.
Huddle Up: Gordon rushed for 885 yards and 10 scores while grabbing 33 passes for 192 yards in 12 games. He has RB1 ability, but he's better served as an RB2 in fantasy.