Eric Ebron was a Fantasy star in 2018, but he could struggle to replicate his production this season. He's still worth drafting as a No. 1 Fantasy tight end, but don't reach for him on Draft Day. He should be considered outside of the top-five tight ends, and he's only worth drafting with a mid-round pick in all formats. You don't want to chase his stats from last year when he was the No. 4 Fantasy tight end in PPR, and he had 110 targets for 66 catches, 750 yards and 14 total touchdowns, which was second in the NFL among all non-quarterbacks behind only Antonio Brown. The good news is he plays in a Colts offense that features the tight end with coach Frank Reich and quarterback Andrew Luck, which is why Ebron was so productive in 2018. But Jack Doyle (hip) was hurt last year, and he should be healthy now. And the Colts added Devin Funchess and Parris Campbell in the offseason to join T.Y. Hilton. More mouths to feed means less targets for Ebron, and that could lead to less production. Be wary of Ebron as a standout Fantasy option in 2019.
Ebron (groin) took part in individual drills and positional work Tuesday, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports. Ebron missed time during OTAs after undergoing offseason groin surgery, but he wasn't expected to miss a ton of time. The tight end's partial inclusion in Tuesday's minicamp session would seem to further that notion. With Jack Doyle (hip) expected to be ready in short order as well, the Colts will have two pass-catching weapons at tight end heading into 2019, who will likely eat into each other's production.
Ebron (groin) may be limited during offseason practices, but he isn't expected to miss significant time, Andrew Walker of Colts.com reports. Ebron seems to be on track for full participation at the start of training camp, as he had surgery the first week of April and has already progressed to a point that could allow for some level of activity during OTAs and mandatory minicamp. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Jack Doyle (hip) is also expected to be ready for the start of training camp, creating more competition for snaps and targets than Ebron faced throughout much of his breakout 2018 campaign. Andrew Luck has long shown a preference for his tight ends in the red zone, but he could look toward other positions a bit more often in 2019 after the team signed 6-foot-4 wideout Devin Funchess to a one-year, $10 million contract.
Ebron underwent surgery for a groin injury and remains on the mend, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports. There hasn't been any indication that Ebron is expected to miss regular-season action because of the issue. He broke out in 2018 in his first season with the Colts, posting career-high marks in all of the major receiving categories, and should be in line for a big follow-up campaign in 2019, though Jack Doyle's (hip) return could lessen Ebron's outlook.
Ebron caught five of nine targets for 51 yards in Saturday's 31-13 divisional-round loss at Kansas City. The Colts were unable to get into any sort of an offensive rhythm Saturday as they didn't get on the scoreboard offensively until the fourth quarter. The 25-year-old was unable to extend his touchdown streak to three games, but the five catches are his highest total since he caught 10 in Week 13 at Jacksonville.
Ebron (hip) does not carry an injury designation for Saturday's divisional-round playoff game against the Chiefs after practicing fully Thursday. After being limited at practice Wednesday, the tight end graduated to a full session Thursday, paving the way for him to be a go this weekend. In 17 outings this past season, including the playoffs, Ebron racked up a fantasy-friendly 15 TDs. He'll be working Saturday against a Kansas City defense that was 31st in the league in terms of passing yardage, while allowing 30 TDs through the air in 2018.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||@Los Angeles Chargers||10||5.67|
|5||10/07||@Kansas City Chiefs||31||9.56|
|14||12/08||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.88|
|15||12/17||@New Orleans Saints||14||6.22|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||94||60||678||6||35||11.30||107|