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Fantasy Football: Worst-case scenario for every top-12 tight end

Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) reacts against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

We’re in the thick of the NFL offseason and it’s officially time to start fantasy football prep. I’ll be answering the biggest questions heading into the 2021 season. Click here to read the series of questions answered so far.

Every single professional football player is in fact a terrific athlete. It’s possible to make just about anybody look good by selecting picking highlights.

Don’t believe me? Look.

Having spent the better part of the last decade churning out one piece of fantasy football content after another: I feel confident in my ability to talk up virtually every skill-position player in the league.

Today’s goal isn’t to confirm our priors and talk up the game’s best players. Rather, what follows is a breakdown on how the top-12 fantasy football wide receivers could go wrong in 2020. I’ll use our PFF consensus fantasy ranks to list the top-12 receivers before explaining how things could go south with an emphasis on brevity.

Great day to be great. Or in this case, to determine why some of the league’s best talents could feasibly be less great than usual in the year 2021.

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TE1: Travis Kelce

How it could go wrong: Father time comes roaring back, even though Kelce didn’t look any worse for the wear in terms of YAC ability in 2020. The man is only 144 days younger than Rob Gronkowski, but Kelce should age fantastically with Patrick Mahomes under center. An eventual dropoff in his athleticism, though, could make him less of a real life cheat code capable of defeating coverage from defenders of all shapes and sizes.

TE2: Darren Waller

How it could go wrong: Whatever ailment that caused Waller to miss the better part of the last two weeks of practice persists into the season. The Raiders don’t have much in this offense in terms of proven weaponry, and Waller could easily lead the entire position in targets if healthy for 17 games. Still, there’s a difference between being injury prone and already injured; it’s far from ideal that Waller is seemingly in the latter bucket at the moment.

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