by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Outside of the top three or four tight ends, is there someone that you fully trust on a weekly basis? The answer probably is no, unfortunately, as tight end is always one of the more frustrating position for fantasy owners. Who should we trust this week? Let’s take a look:
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Indianapolis
- Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Cincinnati
- Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – at St. Louis
- Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Oakland
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta
- Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – vs. Minnesota
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Seattle
- Mychal Rivera – Oakland Raiders – at San Diego
- Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. Tampa Bay
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Chicago
- Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts – vs. New England
- Larry Donnell – New York Giants – vs. San Francisco
- Jared Cook – St. Louis Rams – vs. Denver
- Jordan Cameron – Cleveland Browns – vs. Houston
- Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Tennessee
- Charles Clay – Miami Dolphins – vs. Buffalo
- Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – at New York Giants
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Green Bay
- Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – at Arizona
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Washington
- Julius Thomas got himself back on track, with 6 receptions and 2 TD in Week 10. It really shouldn’t be a surprise, though he does have a tougher matchup this week against the St. Louis Rams (447 yards, 2 TD allowed to opposing TE). Obviously he’s one of the elite in the game, but the other top tier options are going to be ranked slightly ahead of him.
- While it’s not known for sure that Kyle Rudolph will return this week against the Bears, things are heading in that direction. Taking on a Chicago defense that is allowing the most points per week to opposing tight ends, including 9 TD allowed, he’s got to be considered a borderline TE1 (though there is some risk involved).
- Jared Cook has seen his targets fall in recent weeks, with 5 or fewer in four consecutive games. While he does have a favorable matchup, it’s still hard to consider him a must use option given his recent usage.
- The San Diego Chargers is one of the tougher matchups in the league (third fewest points against TE, with 374 yards and 2 TD), but Mychal Rivera has been among the hottest tight ends in the league. Over the past three weeks he has 21 receptions on 28 targets, putting up 185 yards and 3 TD. He’s locked in as a viable option in all formats at this point.
- We all know that Seattle is a tough team to run against, plus the Chiefs have been able to do little damage on the outside. That leaves Travis Kelce, and with the Seahawks having allowed 10 TD to opposing tight ends this season there’s an awful lot to like.
- Larry Donnell continues to struggle, with 8 receptions for 51 yards over the past two weeks. However, he continues to get targets (14) and should continue to be a main part of the Giants’ passing attack.
- As always, will Dwayne Allen get enough opportunities to be considered a viable option? With Coby Fleener also in the mix it’s always an unknown, though Allen is a TD machine in a matchup that could easily be a shootout. Consider him a low-end TE1, though hardly a must use option given the risk that is always hanging over him.
- Sure Vernon Davis has a favorable matchup against the Giants, but he hasn’t gone over 44 yards all season and hasn’t scored a TD since Week 1. In two November games he has a total of 3 receptions for 27 yards, making him a tough player to trust.
- Will Jordan Cameron be cleared in time to play? If he is, he’s going to be a viable option (albeit a risky one). At this point we’ll just have to monitor the news and see where we are at as we get closer to the games.
*** Make sure to pre-order Rotoprofessor’s 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide, complete with projections of over 500 players, expended rankings, sleepers, Top 50 prospects and so much more (including constant updates up until opening day). For just $5 (through November, then the cost will increase to $6) you will get everything you need to dominate your fantasy league! For more information and to place your order, click here. ***