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Why real-life draft status is overrated in fantasy

Eric Ebron has scored just seven touchdowns in three seasons, including only one in 2016. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Tight ends don’t tend to be popular first-round NFL draft picks, so when the Detroit Lions used the No. 10 overall selection in 2014 to secure North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron, the post-draft reaction in the fantasy world was a bit startling. Ebron was joining a pass-happy organization, and with his size and skill he instantly became recognized as a potential top-10 tight end for fantasy purposes. It was as if Detroit’s lofty investment was used as reason to expect immediate statistical relevance, when in reality that argument often has little basis.