Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:


Already have an account? Log in here.


Forgot Password


Dynasty Showdown: Evan Engram vs Dallas Goedert

Is New York’s Evan Engram going to be more valuable than Philadelphia’s Dallas Goedert this year and in the coming years in dynasty fantasy football leagues? This intriguing question will be about as easy to answer as why we park in driveways and drive on parkways.

Engram is coming off an injury-plagued season where he did not offer fantasy players much until Odell Beckham Jr. was off the field and out of Engram’s way. Meanwhile, Goedert showed flashes of brilliance and glimpses of what he can do when thrown the ball, but he was held back because he plays second-fiddle to one of the best tight ends in the NFL, Zach Ertz.

Both young tight ends have tons of talent and payloads of potential. So will Engram be more valuable than Goedert in dynasty leagues this seasons and in future seasons, or vice versa? Here is a look at how Engram and Goedert stack up against each other coming into the 2019 campaign:

Editor's Note: Get any rest-of-season NFL Premium Pass for 50% off. Our exclusive DFS Tools, Lineup Optimizer and Premium DFS Research through the Super Bowl. Sign Up Now!


Evan Engram, New York Giants

2018 Stats:  45 receptions, 577 yards, 3 TD

Fantasy football players know one thing about Engram: He posts better numbers when Beckham Jr. is not on the field with him. Beckham averaged over 10 targets per contest in his 12 games last season. Conversely, Engram averaged 4.7 targets per game during the seven weeks he was on the field with OBJ. Then during the final month of the season when Beckham was out with an injury, Engram saw an average of 7.7 targets per game. Coincidence? Hardly. When Beckham was on the field, Eli Manning looked at him like he was filet mignon and Engram was hamburger.

It was a similar story in 2017 when Engram was a rookie. Beckham only lasted four games before suffering a season-ending injury and again averaged 10 targets each game. Engram averaged 7.25 targets over the four-game period, but while his target total did not drastically increase (7.8 per game in the 11 games he played without Beckham alongside him), his numbers in major fantasy categories definitely did. Engram even caught touchdown passes in four consecutive games while Beckham was shelved for the season.

New York traded Beckham to the Cleveland Browns and signed veteran Golden Tate to replace him in the starting lineup, but now Tate is suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s drug policy. Meanwhile, Sterling Shepard fractured his thumb and could miss the start of the season, too. Looks like it could be Engram and a lot of unproven and untalented wide receivers running routes during the first month of action. I wonder who Eli is going to zone in on?

There is no doubt that the majority of fantasy players and pundits believe Engram will catch at least 70 passes for 800 yards and eight touchdowns, which would eclipse all of his career-highs in those categories. In reality, Engram could probably post even better numbers, but he will need Manning or rookie Daniel Jones to find him, and he needs Tate and/or Shepard to return so he is not triple covered on a weekly basis. I would pencil Engram in for 70-800-8, but will certainly not be surprised if he puts up 80-1,000-10 in 2019. He has the talent and the tools for such a season in 2019, and beyond.


Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles

2018 Stats:  33 receptions, 334 yards, 4 TD

Goedert can be almost indefensible around the end zone since he is big-bodied (6’4”, 260), has above-average hands and underrated agility. Considering he was drafted in the second round in 2018 and improved by leaps and bounds as last season wore on, you would normally pencil him in for a numbers jump for this upcoming season. The trouble is Goedert is No. 2 in the tight end pecking order in Cheesesteakville because Ertz is arguably the top tight end in the sport.

Rookie tight ends normally do not provide much fantasy bang as they slowly get acclimated to the NFL and learn their team’s playbook. Just look at the 2018 rookie tight end class. Nobody broke the 600-yard barrier, and only two tight ends (Baltimore’s Mark Andrews and New York’s Christopher Herndon) had 500 receiving yards or more. So Goedert’s paltry season stat line was not unexpected.

It is in Year Two when some tight ends take off. Look at San Francisco’s George Kittle. In his second year in 2018, all he did was set the NFL record for most receiving yards for a tight end in a single season. Others like Tampa Bay’s O.J. Howard and Atlanta’s Austin Hooper took massive, Carl Lewis-like leaps in their second seasons. This is why the Goedert bandwagon is seeing a lot of jumpers these days.

Let’s compare some of the intangibles between Engram and Goedert:


Their Quarterbacks

Manning has seen better days. His feet and his release have gotten slower, and he has more trouble making plays downfield than he did during his glory years. Yet Manning has shown that he can get the ball to Engram and will force it down Engram’s throat like a mother forces creamed peas down a baby’s throat when Engram is the top option in the passing attack.

A healthy Carson Wentz is better than an ancient Manning, though. Look no further than Ertz’s numbers the past couple seasons. That’s a plus in Goedert’s column…until Wentz gets injured. Wentz has missed eight games over the past two regular seasons (not to mention five postseason contests), so unless he pulls a Brett Favre and stays injury-free, you could make an argument that quarterback is a wash because 14 Manning starts (I’m assuming Jones starts before season’s end) is equal to 11 Wentz outings.


Their Offenses

New York’s offense will revolve around workhorse tailback Saquon Barkley running inside, outside, over the top, catching 15 passes per game, kicking field goals, and throwing halfback-option passes, all while making social commentary about the Colin Kaepernick situation in his spare time. When the aforementioned Tate and Shepard return, the Giants offense could be slightly above-average at best but more likely to be below-average. The Giants offense was average-at-best last season and lost Beckham, so it is impossible to envision them having an offense similar to what the Eagles can put out.

Philadelphia not only upgraded its receiving corps by bringing back longtime favorite DeSean Jackson, but the Eagles also bolstered their backfield by trading for 1,000-yard rusher Jordan Howard and drafting Miles Sanders in the second round. This will lead to more scoring opportunities in the red zone for Goedert than Engram, as long as Wentz is the one running the Eagles offense and not Josh McCown or Cody Kessler.


Their Situations

Engram might be the de facto top target for the Giants, especially during the early portion of the season with Tate suspended and Shepard questionable for Week 1. He has proven that he can thrive when his target total is high and that he can make plays of over 15 yards that many tight ends cannot make. At worst he is the No. 3 option in New York’s passing offense, and at best he could be rivaling Barkley for the No. 1 spot as they battle over short dump-offs from Manning.

Meanwhile, Goedert is not even the top option at tight end on his team, let alone in his passing offense. He could be as low as fifth on the totem pole with Ertz, Jackson, Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor all part of the passing package. There is no doubt he will be hard-pressed to get the targets Engram does this season, although maybe he can catch up to him in 2020 and later years if things change for both players.

The bottom line is Goedert’s only hope to be better than Engram in 2019 is for Ertz to suffer a season-ending injury in Week 1 so Goedert can be Philadelphia’s full-time tight end, and even if that happened he would be no sure thing to be near Engram’s fantasy zip code. Goedert has the potential to be a top tight end in the NFL in the years to come and is a cheaper get on dynasty leagues at this juncture, but Engram is the better tight end to have on a dynasty roster in my mind.

More Dynasty League Strategy

More Recent Articles


ADP Cost Analysis – Robbie Ray vs Trevor Bauer

With fantasy baseball draft season in full swing, those of us who partake in this joyous game are now looking through as much draft data as possible in a bid to find players we love who have lower average draft positions (ADP) than we believe they should. All this to eke out as much draft... Read More

2020 Keeper Value Rankings - Second Base

Keeper Value Rankings are intended for Keeper Leagues in which a fantasy owner must forfeit a designated draft pick in order to keep a player into the upcoming season. These rankings are based on Keeper "Values". In the marketing world, Value can be defined as "the extent to which a good or service (player) is... Read More

2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers – C.J. Cron

As another fantasy baseball season approaches, we once again have the chance to discuss C.J. Cron as a fantasy sleeper. Cron will be playing for his third team in three seasons. It is tough to wrap one's head around the idea that a player of Cron's talent continues to be undervalued by professional and fantasy... Read More

2020 Starting Pitcher Rankings - H2H Points Leagues

Points leagues may seem like a slight variation from traditional 5x5 category scoring leagues but you must approach draft day with a very different strategy if you wish to truly compete. All preseason long, RotoBaller has you covered with the latest rankings for all fantasy baseball league types. Here we present our points league rankings... Read More

Second-Half Improvements: Buy Into These Starting Pitchers

The second half of the season is always put under a microscope for starting pitchers. Fantasy players have a love for the second half of the season, as the belief is that pitchers who take a step forward could carry over that success the next season and perhaps even build upon it. But, as we... Read More

How to Attack RP in SV+HLD Leagues

No position has seen as much evolution in recent seasons as the relief pitcher. Gone are the days where starters were expected to go seven innings as most teams have embraced the idea of "super-bullpening" and try to fit as many pitchers that can throw 95+ MPH into their bullpen as they can. Many fantasy... Read More

Using Sabermetrics for Fantasy Baseball: Pitch Info

One of the most fundamental questions in fantasy sports is if a player's current performance is sustainable. More than any other sport, baseball has a slew of statistical measures that can be dissected in numerous ways to analyze player performance. Pitch Info is a publicly-available pitch tracking system that provides a lot of different data to... Read More

2020 Fantasy Baseball Staff Rankings

Below you will find RotoBaller's 2020 fantasy baseball rankings, tiers and auction dollar values for the 2020 MLB season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Mixed, Head-to-Head, Points, AL/NL Only, Two-Catcher Top 2020 prospects, Dynasty leagues, Keeper values Export the rankings easily... Read More

Mock Draft Review: Best Late-Round Targets

Last week, some members of the RotoBaller staff completed a 12-team mock draft for standard 5x5 format. After the draft, we each broke down our strategy and some of our favorite picks, which can be found here. However, I want to take a closer look at one portion of the draft in particular. Since we know that... Read More

Faster and Furious: Pitchers with Rising Velocity/Performance

Welcome fantasy baseball players! I’m sure that you, like me, are anxiously counting down the days until your drafts and Opening Day. While the fantasy season may not start for several weeks, there are plenty of things we can do to start preparing for a successful season. One of those things is to take a good... Read More

James Karinchak Is A Relief Pitcher To Know in 2020

One of the lesser-known players that intrigues me for the 2020 MLB season is Indians relief pitcher James Karinchak. The former Bryant Bulldog was drafted by Cleveland in the ninth round in the 2017 draft and went on to have one of the most outrageous statistical seasons in minor league baseball history. As someone who... Read More

2020 Relief Pitcher Rankings - H2H Points Leagues

Often regarded as an inferior fantasy baseball format, points leagues offer a different style of boasting over your friends or coworkers similar to that of fantasy football. These setups are typically head-to-head formats for a one-week stretch where the player with the most points gets a win. Easy right? While it's true that roster construction... Read More

2019 Barrel Breakouts: Who's For Real and Who's Next?

As pitchers and catchers get even closer to reporting and most fantasy leagues prepare for their drafts, everybody is looking for a leg up on the competition - a way to get in on a guy before everybody else does. In this article, we're going to look for a way to identify hitters who improved... Read More

Using Sabermetrics for Fantasy Baseball: Pitcher BABIP

While FIP is a useful tool to predict a pitcher's future ERA performance, fantasy owners should remember that ERA, not FIP, is what really matters in most formats. This means that we are interested in the "luck" that separates the two statistics. While some of this luck is unpredictable, we can and should predict some... Read More

Second Year Player Preview: Fantasy Baseball 2020 ADP Analysis

Host Anthony Aniano of RotoBaller Radio discuss the 2020 fantasy baseball season and keeps you updated with all the latest news and analysis Be sure to tune into RotoBaller Radio on SiriusXM (channel Sirius 210, XM 87) - every weekday morning between 6-7 AM ET, every weekday afternoon from 1-2 PM ET, Saturday nights from 9-11 PM ET... Read More