NFL Nation reporters are taking a position-by-position look at the teams they cover, with a fantasy spin. They covered starting quarterbacks Monday, running backs Tuesday, wide receivers Wednesday and tight ends Thursday.
Today's topic: Over/under on tight end performance in 2016, based on their ESPN fantasy projections. Click the links after each team to view the full posts.
Carolina Panthers: With an emphasis on pressuring the quarterback to cover for the inexperience of rookie corners James Bradberry and Daryl Worley, defensive coordinator Sean McDermott will get even more creative. Read more.
Cleveland Browns: The Browns have too many questions on defense and special teams and not enough playmakers to be considered a viable fantasy option. A potential upside would be the punt return ability of Corey Coleman. Read more.
Dallas Cowboys: As was the case in 2014, how well the Cowboys' defense performs will directly correlate to how well the offense performs. Expectations for the defense are low, which means they can only surprise people in a positive way. Read more.
Houston Texans: The Texans are projected to have the eighth-best defense in the NFL this season. If J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney can stay healthy, the team has the potential to be even better. Read more.
Indianapolis Colts: The Colts' defense and special teams haven't been a serious fantasy option under coach Chuck Pagano, and with no significant changes this offseason, it's hard to foresee any uptick in 2016. Read more.
Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars focused on their defense in the offseason, but untested pass-rushers in Dante Fowler Jr. and Yannick Ngakoue make the unit's fantasy value hard to predict. Read more.
Kansas City Chiefs: While Tamba Hali and Eric Berry could be available when the regular season starts, it's still unrealistic to think the Chiefs will be as strong defensively as they were last season, particularly early in the year. Read more.
Los Angeles Rams: The Rams' offseason was littered with key losses throughout their defense. This unit still has talent, primarily on the defensive line, but another step back might be inevitable. Read more.
New Orleans Saints: The Saints had one of the worst defenses in NFL history last season. But they have gotten off to a promising start under defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, so they can't help but be better in 2016. Read more.
Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles are only ranked No. 30 in the preseason fantasy rankings on defense and special teams, but there's reason for optimism, especially with Fletcher Cox working in Jim Schwartz's attack scheme. Read more.
Seattle Seahawks: If you're looking for a safe -- and possibly the best -- fantasy choice, look no further than the Seahawks, who allowed the fewest points in the NFL last season and return nine of 11 starters. Read more.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: This Bucs team finished 17th in fantasy points last season. While the defense appears vastly improved, special teams is still settling in, with draft pick Roberto Aguayo missing an extra point in the Bucs' first preseason game. Read more.
Tennessee Titans: It's hard to project this group, as Dick LeBeau is now the Titans' defensive playcaller. The presumption is that this will be a far more aggressive blitzing team and that a stretch of corners playing fearfully far off their man at the snap is over. Read more.
Washington Redskins: The Redskins' overall defense has a high football IQ. They will be a gritty, tough bunch -- or at least they should be. But will they be a defense capable of causing lots of turnovers and sacks? Read more.