by Ray Kuhn
It is championship week!! Well at least we hope it is for you, or if not you are playing for third place. Of course there is also DFS action so everyone can be a winner. Let’s take a look at which Tight Ends could help you the most:
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
- Julius Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars – at New Orleans
- Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Philadelphia
- Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Oakland
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
- Gary Barnidge – Cleveland Browns – at Kansas City
- Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Houston
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Cleveland
- Will Tye – New York Giants – at Minnesota
- Benjamin Watson – New Orleans Saints – vs. Jacksonville
- Zach Miller – Chicago Bears – at Tampa Bay
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
- Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Baltimore
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Chicago
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at New York Giants
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Buffalo
- Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – at Denver
- Richard Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Arizona
- Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – vs. San Francisco
- Vernon Davis – Denver Broncos – vs. Cincinnati
- What better way to start than by exploiting the match-ups. The Saints have allowed the most points to opposing tight ends this season (85 catches for 1,142 yards and 10 touchdowns) and Julius Thomas figures to capitalize. Over the past five weeks he has 27 receptions for 292 yards with four touchdowns as his chemistry with Blake Bortles continues to improve.
- The Vikings are in the middle of the pack against opposing tight ends, but the Giants are going to need someone to throw the ball to with Odell Beckham’s suspension. Even with Beckham around, Tye has five receptions and a touchdown in each of the past two weeks. The rookie is averaging just under five catches per game over the past five weeks and on the season he is averaging a solid 10.9 yards per reception.
- Houston has allowed just 666 yards and five touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season and their defense has improved each week, but with Delanie Walker being Tennessee’s one true consistent threat I would still feel comfortable using him. Zach Mettenberger will likely target Walker early and often. Even though Walker caught just two passes last week, he made them both count as he found the end zone each time. There are just four games where Walker has caught less than six passes and at 76 receptions for 935 yards, he is one of the top options at the position.
- While it was Danny Woodhead who got all the attention with his four touchdowns, Antonio Gates had yet another solid day. Gates caught six passes for 89 yards for his third straight game with six receptions. The Chargers offense showed a spark on Sunday, and it will be interesting to see how that carries over in Oakland on a short week.