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4. Tyler Conklin, TE, NY Jets

The last time that Aaron Rodgers had a tight end that played a full season of football, that tight end finished 5th in the NFL in touchdown receptions that year (Robert Tonyan in 2020).

Nathaniel Hackett's system keys in on that position as a core piece of the passing game where last year, his starting tight end Greg Dulcich was third on the team in catches, yards, and touchdowns despite only playing in 10 games.

Tyler Conklin is objectively a much more talented tight end than both of them, so the ceiling for him is fairly high — especially when you consider he was second on the Jets last year in catches, yards, and touchdowns.

Through eight weeks of the season, he was the sixth highest-scoring tight end in fantasy, and the Jets were 5-3. I'll spare you and won't remind you how badly the wheels fell off from there.

With Rodgers at the helm, it's fairly safe to assume that the wheels will remain intact this time. That means that Conklin will be the main beneficiary of being a talented tight end who plays in a tight-end-friendly system with a quarterback who prefers to use big-bodied targets in the red zone on a team that has very few big bodies outside of Allen Lazard.

I wouldn't reach for him — he is not in the class of Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, George Kittle, or Darren Waller, but don't be surprised if he finishes in the top 10 for tight ends. He has a higher floor than flashier names like Kyle Pitts, T.J. Hockenson, and David Njoku.

His ceiling is admittedly low, but in my fantasy philosophy, I'll take a consistent 8-14 points each week over someone who scores 20 one week and three the next couple of weeks.