Frank Reich has a history of featuring his tight ends, and we saw that it came together very nicely for Eric Ebron and Andrew Luck last season. Jack Doyle was very involved as well from the get, but his injuries never let him find his groove. He started out the season catching 7 balls on 10 targets for 60 yards, but injured his hip in Week 2 against the Redskins.
We can’t forget about Jacoby Brissett’s connection with Doyle when Luck missed the entire 2017 season. Doyle caught 80 of his 108 targets from Brissett; he was targeted on 22.5% of his routes run that year, only behind Zach Ertz, Delanie Walker, and Travis Kelce. Rob Gronkowski was 5th. Doyle’s 23% overall target share matched TY Hilton.
If you’re worried about a small sample size, Brissett actually has a history of targeting the tight end. Scott Barrett of PFF broke down his career TE usage, which included targeting TEs 22.4% of the time in college. During preseason games over the last four years, he targeted them 27.3% of the time, and targeted TEs 27.6% of the time during the regular season over the same span. Combine that with the fact that out of all active play callers, Reich has the highest expected fantasy points for his TEs, according to Barrett and PFF.
With Jack Doyle out-snapping Ebron while both were active last year, including in games Doyle returned to after Ebron started killing it, he should be on the fantasy radar once again; he also out-snapped Ebron with the starters in preseason. Doyle would’ve been fine with Luck obviously (54% of Luck’s TDs last year went to a TE), as he was off to a good start last year, but Reich and Brissett have a shared affinity for the position as well.
Ebron will be featured once again in the red zone, and should be preferred in standard and half point leagues; we even saw a red zone TD from Brissett to Ebron a few weeks ago in preseason. in PPR leagues, feel free to wait on Doyle to see what you have in him very late in your draft; he might be able to provide a weekly floor you’re happy with if you punt the position.