by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Tight end is one of the most frustrating positions to choose on a weekly basis, isn’t it? Just when you think you have it figured out, and found that player who has emerged, he disappears and tosses up a dud. It shows just how valuable those top tier players are, where you can pencil them into your lineup and ride them week in and week out. With that in mind, who would we be willing to utilize this week? Let’s take a look:
- Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Indianapolis
- Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. Green Bay
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
- Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Buffalo
- Martellus Bennett – New England Patriots – at San Francisco
- Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Kansas City
- Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – vs. Jacksonville
- Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Philadelphia
- Zach Miller – Chicago Bears – at New York Giants
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Tampa Bay
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Seattle
- Julius Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Detroit
- C.J. Fiedorowicz – Houston Texans – at Oakland
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Baltimore
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Arizona
- Gary Barnidge – Cleveland Browns – vs. Pittsburgh
- Coby Fleener – New Orleans Saints – at Carolina
- Ladarius Green – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
- Lance Kendricks – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Miami
- Will Tye – New York Giants – vs. Chicago
- The last time the Titans faced the Colts Delanie Walker posted 7 receptions for 84 yards and 1 TD. That marked the beginning of a strong four game stretch, including TD in three games, and he’s been a focus of the offense (8+ targets in three of the four games). With Marcus Mariota rolling and a favorable matchup, Walker should be able to keep posting big numbers for another week.
- Over his past two games Eric Ebron has racked up 14 catches (on 18 targets) for 171 yards. The only negative you could give him is his lack of TD, but you would think his opportunities in the red zone will only increase. He’s definitely worth utilizing in all formats.
- Tyler Eifert has 198 yards over his past two games and draws a Bills’ defense that was torched by Jimmy Graham prior to their bye week. Obviously seeing only 5 targets on Monday night is a little bit of a concern, but not enough to keep him from being among the best options in the league.
- It would be easy to simply assume that Martellus Bennett would assume all of Rob Gronkowski’s opportunities, but we all know things aren’t that cut and dry. That said you know he should see at least 6-8 targets (he had 7 targets this past week with Gronkowski playing) and the matchup is a favorable one. He’s well worth using as a TE1 in all formats.
- Over the past four weeks the New York Giants have actually allowed the fifth most yards to opposing TE (307). With Alshon Jeffrey out, that should mean ample opportunities for the tight end as well. While there is risk, there’s also enough upside to warrant TE1 consideration for Zach Miller.
- Zach Ertz has seen his stock rise over the past two weeks, turning 15 targets into 14 catches and 152 yards. The one “knock” is his lack of TD, but that should be there. The upside is there, so don’t shy away.
- While Jason Witten has had some big games of late, the Ravens have been the best defense against opposing tight ends all season long. While it’s easy to buy, the matchup keeps him more in the TE2 spectrum.
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