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Does Trey McBride Have Any Dynasty Fantasy Value?

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Does Trey McBride have any dynasty fantasy value? It’s really hard to find a pathway for the former Colorado State tight end to become fantasy relevant. (Justin Casterline / Getty Images)

Does Trey McBride Have Any Dynasty Fantasy Value?

The Arizona Cardinals made a curious selection on draft day when they took Colorado State tight end Trey McBride in the second round (Did anyone else hate the Cardinals draft?). It was an odd choice considering the money they already committed to Zach Ertz.

The Cardinals are obviously making a conscious effort to surround Kyler Murray with the best supporting cast. It’s just hard to make the commitment to McBride for a number of different factors.

Tight ends take so long to develop. The Saints got virtually nothing out of Jimmy Graham his rookie year. Historically, no tight ends really contribute as rookies. I like Irv Smith and even he has done almost nothing noteworthy fantasy wise.

While it feels like Ertz has been in the league forever, he’s still just 31. Ertz was also given a three year contract worth more than $31 million. He’s probably the starter for the next three years.

Arizona just has weapons all over the field. Dynasty timelines are obviously longer but this is a team that currently has DeAndre Hopkins, Marquise Brown, and Rondale Moore. You also have to factor in that Kyler is going to steal plenty of touchdowns in the red area with his rushing ability.

Additionally, are we sure McBride is good? Look, the CSU tight end appears to be a functional pass catcher, but it’s fair to question the ceiling. McBride has good size at 6-foot-4, 245 but doesn’t really play like an imposing big body guy. They’re probably going to line up up in the slot to just run routes. Which sounds fine, but you would almost prefer if there was some sort of verticality to his game. Guys like Gronk and Tony Gonzalez stealing touchdowns end up becoming the fantasy heroes.

Look, I get the intrigue on McBride, but I would pass. McBride may have been the highest drafted tight end in the class but this entire tight end group is pissing in the wind. Good luck finding a stud. With McBride, this probably isn’t the gamble I’d be willing to take, even as a long term option.

With a guy like McBride, even if you lose out, the odds that the team that picks him winds up giving up are high. It’s hard to justify hanging onto flame out tights ends before they’re ready to become ripe. You will get your chance to snag him when the value becomes real.

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