2022 NFL Futures Picks: Tight End Player Props – Yards & Touchdowns
It is time for our fourth and final preseason player props breakdown article. The last position for us to focus on is tight end. In some offenses, the tight end is one of the most important cogs in the machine, while other offenses choose to focus their attack elsewhere. That can often lead to some soft lines that can be exploited by those who understand their roles in each offense.
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Free 2022 NFL Futures Picks – Season Long Player Props
- Dalton Schultz over 5.5 receiving touchdowns (-112, FanDuel)
Schultz emerged as one of Dak Prescott’s favorite and most reliable targets last year, as he hauled in career best in touchdowns, eight, and in receptions, 78. And given the departure of Amari Cooper, and the early season absence of Michael Gallup due to an ACL injury, he should be heavily featured again in the offense and get a bit more of a target share, and more targets, especially in the redzone obviously, should lead to more scores. Bank on Schultz finding the endzone at least half a dozen times this year.
- Kyle Pitts over 900.5 yards (-112, FanDuel)
Kyle Pitts had a ton of hype coming into his rookie season after being drafted in the top 10, and it took him a while to hit his stride, as he didn’t log his first 100-yard game until Week 5 against the Jets, and followed that up with his best game of the season, 163 yards against the Dolphins on seven catches.
Given that the Falcons have one of the worst receiving cores in the league (rookie Drake London is slotted as their WR1), we should be seeing plenty more production from Pitts. Given that we went over this number last year despite being riddled with inconsistency, it seems safe to bet on him to do it again in year 2, even with a new quarterback in Marcus Mariota. Bank on the talent here, and take the over.
- Travis Kelce under 1100.5 yards (-112, FanDuel)
Travis Kelce has not only been the best tight end in football, but arguably a top 3-5 pass catcher in general for a few years now. However, the only thing that’s guaranteed in sports, is that father time catches up with everyone.
The talented tight end has to hit a wall sooner, rather than later, you would figure. The Chiefs’ offense might need to be completely reworked with the departure of Tyreek Hill and the arrival of JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marques Valdez Scantling. Only time will tell if Kelce will benefit or be hurt by that. But given he “only” had 1,124 yards last year, we like him to go under on this total in 2022.
- T.J. Hockensen over 4.5 receiving touchdowns (-115, Caesars)
This is another number that just seems too low for a talented player, who figures to have a big role in this offense. Sure, he only had four scores last year, but he had six the year before, which would cover this number with a bit of cushion.
Perhaps most importantly, it’s his second season with Jared Goff, and the two seemed to find some chemistry towards the end of last year, as Hockensen found the end zone in each of the final two games of the season. He should easily push for five touchdowns, and we wouldn’t be surprised if he approaches double digits by the end of the season if he can stay healthy, so we love this over.