Both McDonald and Ellington are worth a look late in fantasy drafts. The slot was Jordan Matthews’ position in Chip Kelly’s offense over the past two years (en route to 4.8 catches per game). Ellington’s combine scores – 4.45 40-yard dash, 3.95 20-yard shuttle, 6.69 3-cone drill – indicate elite athleticism. Kelly said he was “intrigued” by Ellington’s skill set, while Blaine Gabbert said that Ellington was “balling out” in OTAs and “catching a ton of balls.” It wouldn’t be a shock if he sees 100 targets as the #2 passing option in Kelly’s high-paced offense. As for McDonald, over his final six games he averaged 3.5 catches for 44 yards and 0.5 touchdowns, which made him the #8 TE in PPR formats in that span. Kelly likes to use his tight ends - the position accounted for 24% of the Eagles' targets over the last two seasons - so there's upside here.
49ers WR Bruce Ellington, TE Vance McDonald listed as starters team's first depth chart
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