Welcome to part 7 of our Madden NFL 17 sleeper series where we’ll go over the sleepers of an unglamorous position. They man not be as exciting as a wide receiver but they are a QB’s best friend – in real life and in madden. We’re talking about the tight ends.

 

  1. Tyler Higbee (Los Angeles Rams)

23 Years Old
70 Overall
80 Speed
83 Catch

He has 80 speed, is an average run blocker and has respectable receiving ratings of 83 catch, 78 catch in traffic and 81 spec catch for you to build up with the 23 year old.

 

  1. Tyler Kroft (Cincinnati Bengals)

23 Years Old
71 Overall
81 Speed
86 Acceleration
80 Catch in Traffic

Kroft has above average speed at 81 and acceleration at 86. He’s a below average run blocker with a rating of 62, but a fIR pass block rating of 76. He also has 80 catch and 80 catch in traffic, giving you a solid base to build from.

 

  1. Trey Burton (Philadelphia Eagles)

24 Years Old
69 Overall
85 Speed
88 Agility
80 Spec Catch

Burton is among the more athletic tight ends in the game with 85 speed, 88 agility and 87 acceleration, and he is pretty good at open field moves once he gets the ball in his hands. He also has 80 spec catch to build up, but with his 72 catch in traffic don’t expect him to make the touch catches to start.

 

  1. Thomas Duarte (Miami Dolphins)

21 Years Old
62 Overall
83 Speed
86 Acceleration
83 Spec Catch

The former wide receiver unsurprisingly is strictly a receiving threat because he’s a terrible blocker, but with 83 Speed, 73 catch in traffic and 83 spec catch he could have a place in your offense already and at 21 years old you’ll have plenty of time to build up his run blocking to balance him out.

 

  1. Will Tye (New York Giants)

24 Years Old
71 Overall
86 Speed
88 Acceleration
78 Catch in Traffic

He won’t make the crazy catches, but Tye can develop into making the consistent ones. He has 78 catch in traffic, 74 route running, while having 86 speed, giving the 71 Overall tight end a good chance to perform for you on the field.

 

  1. MyCole Pruitt (Minnesota Vikings)

24 Years Old
73 Overall
86 Speed
78 Catch in Traffic
82 Spec Catch

Pruitt has one of the lowest route running ratings on the list, but that won’t stop him. He has 82 spec catch, 78 catch in traffic and 88 jump, giving him the potential to pull down the crazy catches and the chain movers.

 

  1. Hunter Henry (San Diego Chargers)

21 Years Old
78 Overall
89 Acceleration
79 Catch in Traffic
75 Run Block

You knew he was going to be on the list. Henry is 21 years old and has 79 catch in traffic, 84 speed, 89 acceleration and most importantly is an elite blocker for the run and pass game. He even has 72 truck to use when you get bored with all the other things he can do.

 

  1. Maxx Williams (Baltimore Ravens)

22 Years Old
78 Overall
84 Catch
79 Catch in Traffic
85 Spec Catch

He won’t outrun many people with his 80 speed, but Williams is more of the balanced type of tight end. He has 84 catch, 85 spec catch, 79 catch in traffic and 78 run block. So you won’t have to go through to many growing pains with the young man as you continue to build him up.

 

  1. Eric Ebron (Detroit Lions)

23 Years Old
76 Overall
86 Speed
88 Acceleration
85 Spec Catch

Ebron is in the mold of a JaMichael Finley. You can line him up at receiver for a few plays and he’ll do just fine. He has 86 speed, 84 jump and 85 spec catch to make sure of it.

 

  1. Richard Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)

23 Years Old
79 Overall
84 Catch
83 Catch in Traffic
75 Route Running

With Jared Cook on the team, I’m sure it won’t be as hard to pry Rodgers loose from Packers owners. For one he’s only 78 speed, but when you look deeper you notice the 84 catch, 87 spec catch, 83 catch in traffic and 75 route running. Not to mention he’s only 23, so it’s no surprise he’s #1 on Sports Gamers Online Top 10 Sleeper Tight End List.

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Christopher Walker
I have been playing football games since 99’. All starting with the NFL Game Day demo and NFL Blitz on PlayStation, then I moved on to Madden for the next 5 years, where I really didn't know what I was going yet. I flirted with NFL 2K for a year, but have played Madden and NCAA (up until its demise last year) ever since steadily improving my game each year and developing a passion for the X’s and O’s part of football.