by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Tight end is always a frustrating position and this season is no different. We’ve seen some good performances and we’ve seen some bad ones, the question is who can we trust on a weekly basis (or if we are better off streaming the spot)? There are some good choices this week, and also some who you may want to steer clear from. Let’s take a look at how things currently shake out:
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Los Angeles Chargers
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Houston
- Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. Oakland
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Arizona
- Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Kansas City
- Martellus Bennett – Green Bay Packers – vs. Cincinnati
- Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cleveland
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Tampa Bay
- Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – vs. Atlanta
- Jared Cook – Oakland Raiders – at Washington
- Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Seattle
- Coby Fleener – New Orleans Saints – at Carolina
- Jesse James – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Chicago
- Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – at Detroit
- Eric Engram – New York Giants – at Philadelphia
- Benjamin Watson – Baltimore Ravens – at Jacksonville
- Ed Dickson – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
- Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – at Tennessee
- Charles Clay – Buffalo Bills – vs. Denver
- While Rob Gronkowski’s injury is considered minor, he does have a history and you don’t know how it could limit his performance this week. Couple that with a tough matchup and this is a rare week where he’s not considered the top option.
- The biggest weakness in the Giants’ defense is stopping opposing tight ends, and that’s something you have to expect the Eagles to try and exploit with Zach Ertz. We keep waiting for the breakout, and if the first two weeks are any indication this is going to be the year he finally realizes it (13 receptions for 190 yards in two games).
- While it took Martellus Bennett 11 targets to get 5 receptions and 47 yards in Week 2, it goes to show you that the opportunities will be there for him to produce given the injuries to the receiving corps. While the Bengals have allowed the fewest points per week to opposing tight ends over the first two weeks, they also haven’t seen opponents target them (only 3 targets). That’s going to change.
- Was it really surprising to see Hunter Henry bounce back and have a strong Week 2? That should continue and he’s going to be a TE1 most weeks.
- Tyler Eifert has not produced impressive numbers over the first two weeks and if he plays he will be dealing with various injuries in Week 3. In other words we’re going to leave him off the rankings for now, but even if he plays he’s more of a TE2.
- It has been a good start for Delanie Walker, but does anyone truly trust him against the Seahawks? He’s a TE2, especially with the other options the team has and the potential for them to go run heavy.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 3 rankings: