While many expected fellow rookie tight ends O.J. Howard or David Njoku to have an immediate impact, it seems Evan Engram might be the first among the group to have significant fantasy value from day one.
[Rhett] Ellison will likely start and handle run downs. Engram will still play plenty, especially with the Giants as a pass-first team. A 60-40 play split still seems reasonable in Engram's favor, given his expected role in the offense. If there are 80 total tight end snaps available in a given contest, that would equate to 48 for Engram, 32 for Ellison.
I’ll happily take 50 snaps for Engram in his first week of action. Engram gives the Giants a weapon across the middle that they’ve been lacking for sometime now and given how he was used in the preseason, I wouldn’t be surprised to see his number getting called early versus the Cowboys. Let’s not forget, this is a Cowboys’ defense that gave up 3rd most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. I like that recipe very much.
Just to add more icing to a very nice and fluffy cake, Engram is only owned in 21% of Yahoo leagues and 20% of ESPN. If DFS is more your calling, he’s costing $4,900 on FanDuel (17th tight end) and only a measly $2,900 on DraftKings (20th tight end). If you want him, you can easily get him.