When the NY Jets signed both Tyler Conklin and C.J. Uzomah this offseason, many assumed that Uzomah would be the guy to emerge as the TE1 in New York. But it quickly became apparent this summer that Conklin could be primed for a big season with the Jets.
Despite Conklin's summer dominance and the fact that he is clearly above Uzomah on the depth chart, at least as far as target share is confirmed, the fantasy football rankings haven't caught up yet.
In fact, many rankings still have Conklin behind Uzomah. Conklin isn't a relevant fantasy player on most preseason draft boards, but that's set to change once the season starts.
Don't let Conklin become an early-season waiver wire claim. You should be targeting the former Minnesota Vikings tight end as a solidified TE2 in your leagues with the upside to find his way into the top-10 at his position by the end of the season.
Tyler Conklin is a perfect late-round target in fantasy football leagues
We're talking about a guy who, at least early on, looks like he could be one of the top two targets in the Jets' offense, and perhaps the highest-volume target once Zach Wilson returns from injury. And it's not as if Conklin is an unknown either.
The 27-year-old finished as TE19 last season and would have been even higher had he found a little more touchdown luck. His three receiving scores limited his overall fantasy production, but he still finished with 61 catches for 593 yards.
There's no reason why Conklin's numbers shouldn't match or even surpass those this year. It seems fantasy rankings are projecting Conklin and Uzomah to split targets, but that hasn't been the case all summer.
Conklin has been Wilson's favorite target, even ahead of someone like Elijah Moore. It's fair to project a 700-yard season from Conklin if he stays healthy.
The limited ceiling of the Jets' offense might prevent him from reaching the upper two tiers of fantasy tight ends, but I wouldn't be surprised at all if he finished anywhere between TE10 and TE15 this season. That's someone who belongs on fantasy rosters.
Ignore the rankings with this one. Tyler Conklin is poised for a significant target share in this Jets offense, and if this summer is anything to go on, expect him to take full advantage of the opportunities he's afforded.