by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Injuries continue to be a significant issue across the league, with tight end being no different. Jordan Reed may or may not be ready to play, though signs seem to be pointing in his favor (which is why he’s included on the list). We’ve been waiting weeks for Austin Seferian-Jenkins to return, but it just hasn’t happened yet (he’ll be usable when he does, but at this point we can’t bank on it). Of course injuries aren’t the only issue, so let’s take a look at how things currently shake out for the coming week:
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Denver
- Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Giants
- Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Jacksonville
- Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. St. Louis
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Dallas
- Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Oakland
- Gary Barnidge – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Carolina
- Crockett Gillmore – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
- Vernon Davis – Denver Broncos – vs. New England
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Atlanta
- Julius Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. San Diego
- Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – at Detroit
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Buffalo
- Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Pittsburgh
- Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Seattle
- Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tampa Bay
- Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – at Green Bay
- Clive Walford – Oakland Raiders – at Tennessee
- Benjamin Watson – New Orleans Saints – at Houston
- There’s a chance that Jordan Reed misses this week’s game, as he reportedly suffered a sprained MCL in Week 11. Monitor the news, just in case, but if he’s on the field he’s going to be among the better options at his position.
- Antonio Gates put up a stinker against the Chiefs, with 1 catch for 6 yards on 3 targets. That should change this week against the Jaguars, especially with all of San Diego’s injuries and how big of a role the TE has played when he’s been healthy (three games of 11+ targets). Don’t be concerned.
- The Raiders defense hasn’t been as bad against tight ends in recent weeks, but Delanie Walker has become one of the best weapons Tennessee has (in part thanks to injuries, in part thanks to the slow development/usage of Dorial Green-Beckham). Walker has topped 95 yards twice in his past three games and should remain one of the key targets for Marcus Mariota.
- We wanted to trust Julius Thomas, don’t we? Despite getting targeted 8 times this past week he turned 5 receptions into just 28 yards and 1 TD. Sadly the 28 yards represented his second biggest output of the season and while the matchup appears appealing he’s nothing more than a low-end TE1/TE2 option.
- Kyle Rudolph exploded in Week 11 for 6 receptions, 106 yards and 1 TD. That’s the type of line we’ve been waiting for, and the matchup against Atlanta (613 yards, 7 TD allowed against opposing TE) would make it look like he’s in position to do it again. It’s hard to depend on him, but he’s worth considering as a streaming option if you are in need.
- Vernon Davis played the role of safety valve for Brock Osweiler, something that should continue as the youngster finds his footing in the NFL. With Davis’ role expanding, he’s well worth streaming in what could be a shootout with the Patriots.
- Given all of the injuries it wouldn’t be surprising if the Ravens offense revolves around Javorius Allen on the ground and Crockett Gillmore through the air. Gillmore was the go to option in Week 11, with 5 receptions for 101 yards, and draws a favorable matchup with the Browns (8 TD allowed to opposing TE).
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