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Previously we noted there was a correlation between a higher percent of snaps played and the fantasy production by a player. Tight ends are a different kind of beast, many of which are involved heavily in the run game and more specifically blocking on the running plays. Even though we love team players here at LineUpAllStar, we are planning on avoiding blocking tight ends like the plague in our fantasy draft. They are going to be putting up goose eggs during the season and may be the difference down the stretch.
You will see utilization percentage in this table, which is the amount of the times the player was utilized in the offense (targeted on a pass, caught a pass, or attempted a pass or rush).
It is interesting that the correlation analysis previously done is not applicable when it comes to tight ends. As primarily a red zone threat, they are used less between the 20 yard lines but are called into action on the goal line.
The highest correlation was found to be those with the highest utilization percentage, responsible for 77% of the fantasy points generated by tight ends. The correlation between snaps played was a mere 31%, proving that you only want to target those tight ends involved heavily in the passing game (which translates to a higher utilization %).
Below you will see a chart of all tight ends who registered more than 10 snaps a game (avoiding those TE’s who aren’t heavily involved in the offense).