by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The Top 5 options this week are pretty clear-cut, though you could argue the order (outside of Rob Gronkowski). In fact, regardless of matchups we’d expect these five to generally be at the top of the rankings of this point. It’s who comes after them, and in what order, that’s intriguing. How does it shape up for Week 11? Let’s take a look:
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
- Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Carolina
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Washington
- Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Kansas City
- Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – at Arizona
- Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Miami
- Jacob Tamme – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Indianapolis
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at San Diego
- Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – at Atlanta
- Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – vs. Denver
- Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Francisco
- Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – vs. Oakland
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Tampa Bay
- Julius Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Tennessee
- Richard Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
- Crockett Gillmore – Baltimore Ravens – vs. St. Louis
- Clive Walford – Oakland Raiders – at Detroit
- Charles Clay – Buffalo Bills – at New England
- Vernon Davis – Denver Broncos – at Chicago
- Jordan Reed has scored 5 TD over his past three games and while the matchup doesn’t seem ideal, the Panthers did allow 2 TD to Richard Rodgers in Week 9 and 1 TD to Coby Fleener in Week 8. It shows that there’s potential and, given the matchups of some of the other top options, places him among the best in the league.
- Both Tyler Eifert and Greg Olsen have tough matchups, but it’s also hard to argue with their performances this season. The difference is Eifert is TD dependent, while Olsen is one of the go to receiving options on his team. It certainly gives Olsen a leg up on a weekly basis. You can throw Antonio Gates into the same class, as he’s been targeted at least 11 times in three of the four games he’s played. It’s hard to ignore that scale of opportunity for any player, let alone one who can post gaudy numbers like Gates.
- Over his past two games Jacob Tamme has totaled 22 targets (16 receptions, 164 yards, 1 TD). The 622 receiving yards to tight ends that the Colts have yielded are third most in the league and they are one of just a handful of teams who have allowed 50+ receptions (52). Fire Tamme up as a TE1 this week.
- Zach Ertz is coming off a season high 10 targets (7 catches for 68 yards), but he continues to fail to find the end zone. Could he be the safety valve for Mark Sanchez? Perhaps, but he’s tough to consider anything more than a flier with upside.
- Could Crockett Gillmore become a vital part of the passing attack? Maybe, but he had just 4 targets coming out of the bye week (4 receptions, 42 yards, 1 TD) so it’s tough to bank on. He’s a streamer to consider, depending on your alternatives, but be careful.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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