The 2020 Tightend class was forecasted to be one of the worst in recent history. Cole Kmet lead the class pre draft as a very solid all around prospect. After him there was only a few guys who had unlocked potential, but nothing that made them solid prospects. This season some of these guys started to show signs of improvement. Below are my top ten Tightends from the class following their rookie season, I also expanded on the top three. Let’s dive in!
1.) Cole Kmet – Chicago
Kmet was the consensus number one tightend during the pre-draft process. Early on into the season Kmet barley saw the field, well only averaging a 30 percent snap share. This is not uncommon amongst rookie tightends, the position is historically hard to learn. After Chicago’s Week 11 bye, Kmet earned an uptick in snap share while average 87 percent. It was quite a jump, but it was deserved as he had improved in all fascists of the game. The fantasy production was hindered by poor quarterback play and lack of passing volume. The 2021 Bears offense will look different at quarterback, this should help Kmet. He will also have another offseason to develop. I see Kmet starting to become fantasy relevant in 2021!
2.) Harrison Bryant – Cleveland
Bryant has emerged as a huge buy low target this season. He is playing in a system that allows two tightends to be on the field for most plays. His blocking improvements have earned him an increase in playing time. The down side for him is the lack of passing volume in the offense, they lean heavy on the run game. He also has to battle with Austin Hooper being ahead of him on the depth chart. In Hooper’s absence in Week 7 Bryant went off for 21.6 PPR points, proving he has the ability to make plays. 2021 may not be huge for Bryant, however his overall future outlook is great and he’s worth rostering in any dynasty format.
3.) Adam Trautman – New Orleans
Trautman did not see the field that much in 2020. The Saints currently roster Jared Cook who is ahead of him on the depth cart. Trautmans lack of playing time is not surprising, as he was one of the rawest talents in the class. The hope is that Peyton can develop Trautman into a Jeremy Shockey type tightend. 2021 could be a big year for him as Cook should be off the roster and the Saints are in a very bad cap situation. Trutmans low cost contract is a huge value for them. I expect to see a lot of Trautman in the Saints offense next year. Hopefully he takes advantage of his opportunity!
4.) Devin Asiasi – New England
5.) Albert Okwuegbunam – Denver
6.) Brycen Hopkins – Los Angeles
7.) Hunter Bryant – Detroit
8.) Thaddeus Moss – Washington
9.) Jared Pinkney – Tennessee
10.) Josiah Deguara – Green Bay