The 6’5 269 pound tight end is entering his second season in the NFL and is looking to have a breakout season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The only problem for Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been putting it all together on the field, as the upside is surely there once Seferian-Jenkins can figure it out. It would be nice to see Seferian-Jenkins breakout for the Buccaneers this year as he is another big body for Jameis Winston to target and another dimension to their offense.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins has an ADP of 119, being ranked the 14th best tight end in PPR and 16th in standard scoring leagues. However, Seferian-Jenkins is relatively easy to draft in the late rounds as he is only owned in just 58% of Yahoo fantasy football leagues. Austin Seferian-Jenkins is worth a late round flier based off potential alone, and while the Buccaneers do have Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson on the outside to take targets away from Seferian-Jenkins, that should only give him weaker coverage on a weekly basis, to boost his status as a TE2.
It is hard to get a solid projection on Austin Seferian-Jenkins as he only had one game last season with at least 5 receptions and failed to go over 60 yards in any single game. It is a very concerning game log for Seferian-Jenkins, but fantasy football isn’t about last year’s performances, and rookie tight ends almost always tend to struggle.
The verdict is still out on Austin Seferian-Jenkins and most likely will be until we can see some consistency in his game and the way the Buccaneers plan to use him. Seferian-Jenkins should be a weekly red-zone threat to haul in a touchdown and move the chains under rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, however. The best thing with Austin Seferian-Jenkins is you won’t have to target him until the back end of your draft, and he provides more upside than any other TE2 on the board this season. That makes him a low risk, high reward player and a great target if you plan on streaming the position. He’s obviously not a top-10 tight end just yet and shouldn’t be drafted as one, but with Tampa Bay’s offense trending upward, he absolutely has the potential to be.
Even if Austin Seferian-Jenkins isn’t the reliable weekly threat you’re hoping he can be, the talent and role looks to be there for him to potentially be a menace in DFS fantasy football leagues. Using him in week one against the Tennessee Titans isn’t a bad idea, for starters.