Draft Zach Ertz as the #2 TE... Ahead of George Kittle and After Travis Kelce

DRAFT ADVICE AND POSITION RANK

Based on our latest pre-season projection, you can expect Zach Ertz will be an elite fantasy starter. His 154 projected fantasy points puts him at #2 behind Travis Kelce and ahead of George Kittle. He has averaged 10.27 fantasy points in his past 16 games, which is slightly more than our projected per game average. His projected per game average is 9.6 fantasy points. At 99% ownership, he is also the #2 most highly owned tight end. Zach Ertz is expected to slightly improve on last season's #3 fantasy position rank.

REST OF SEASON TE RANKPROJECTIONFANTASY STATS SINCE 2018
#1 Travis Kelce (99% OWN)180 FP, 11.3 per game192 FP, 16 gp, 12 per game (#1)
#2 Zach Ertz (99% OWN)154 FP, 9.6 per game164 FP, 16 gp, 10.3 per game (#3)
#3 George Kittle (97% OWN)149 FP, 9.3 per game171 FP, 16 gp, 10.7 per game (#2)
#4 O.J. Howard (24% OWN)134 FP, 8.4 per game86 FP, 10 gp, 8.6 per game (#5)
#5 Jared Cook (91% OWN)125 FP, 7.8 per game126 FP, 16 gp, 7.8 per game (#6)

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WEEK 1 AND 2 FANTASY OUTLOOK

Zach Ertz is projected for 10.2 fantasy points which is good enough to be the #2 ranked tight end and a must start for most owners. This is projected to be a slightly better than average week with more fantasy points than he is projected to average the rest of the season. He is ranked above Travis Kelce but behind George Kittle. Week 2 will be slightly worse based on projected rank (#3). He is projected for 10 fantasy points.

WEEK 1 TE RANKPROJECTIONROS FP PROJ AVG
#1 George Kittle (97% OWN)10.6 FP9.3 FP
#2 Zach Ertz (99% OWN)10.2 FP9.6 FP
#3 Travis Kelce (99% OWN)10 FP11.3 FP
#4 O.J. Howard (24% OWN)8.6 FP8.4 FP
#5 Jared Cook (91% OWN)8.5 FP7.8 FP
WEEK 2 TE RANKPROJECTIONROS FP PROJ AVG
#1 Travis Kelce (99% OWN)13.3 FP11.3 FP
#2 George Kittle (97% OWN)10.4 FP9.3 FP
#3 Zach Ertz (99% OWN)10 FP9.6 FP
#4 O.J. Howard (24% OWN)8.7 FP8.4 FP
#5 Evan Engram (79% OWN)8.1 FP7.7 FP

FANTASY PROJECTIONS AND ACTUAL STATS

The tables below show projected stats (totals and averages) for the rest of the season and upcoming weeks. Below the projection are actual stats from last season.

ZACH ERTZFPPPRTARRECYDTDRUSHYD
2019 Projection15425914210510877.60.0
-- Per Game (16 Proj)9.616.28.96.667.90.480.00
Week 1 vs WAS10.216.88.86.6700.540.00
Week 2 @ATL10.016.98.96.9690.520.00
2018 Season164280156116116380
-- Per Game (16 GP)10.317.59.87.272.70.500.00