Week 3 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends: A Surprising #1 & More

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:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Los Angeles Chargers
  2. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
  3. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Houston
  4. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. Oakland
  5. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Arizona
  6. Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Kansas City
  7. Martellus Bennett – Green Bay Packers – vs. Cincinnati
  8. Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cleveland
  9. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Tampa Bay
  10. Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – vs. Atlanta
  11. Jared Cook – Oakland Raiders – at Washington
  12. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Seattle
  13. Coby Fleener – New Orleans Saints – at Carolina
  14. Jesse James – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Chicago
  15. Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – at Detroit
  16. Eric Engram – New York Giants – at Philadelphia
  17. Benjamin Watson – Baltimore Ravens – at Jacksonville
  18. Ed Dickson – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
  19. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – at Tennessee
  20. Charles Clay – Buffalo Bills – vs. Denver

Thoughts:

  • 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:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 3 Rankings (2017): Top 50 Wide Receivers: Crabtree Emerging, Sleeper Options & More
Week 3 Rankings (2017): Top 40 Running Backs: Hyde Joins Top 10 & More

15 comments

  1. Cindy says:

    I have J.Graham . Not sure on his game status with the injury (4pm start), although he did play after hurting himself in the last game (guess that is a good sign). If he is able to go play does he belong in my line up?

    TE WW is weak on my league. 10 men-standard. Cook is best available player on WW and I can get him now but I would have to drop one of these guys- M.Jones, Carson,Henry,Cohen, Allen (RB Balt) or Siemian or Graham ( which I will not do ).

    Help!!! Thinking about waiting for the actives for Seattle than If he plays, he is in. If inactive, who would you drop for Cook (830pm start)?

  2. Greg says:

    With Olsen out for Carolina do you think Ed Dickson is a good pickup and does he have a chance to start?

  3. Brady says:

    Do I burn the #1 waiver claim on Dak? My current QB is Dalton.

  4. Matt says:

    Ppr Cobb or ty Hilton , thanks starting Landry and diggs so far. 12 man league

  5. Krysta says:

    FLeener or Brate…which I assume is a no brainer b/c Brate isn’t even on the list ;-(

  6. Sam says:

    Hi Professor,
    Here is my lineup for week 3, standard 12 team ( 6 points for TD for QB, WR, RB)
    Can you please suggest any changes if any

    STARTERS
    QB – Derek Carr
    RB1 – Jordan Howard
    RB2 – C.J. Anderson
    WR1 – Odell Beckham Jr.
    WR2 – Tyrell Williams
    TE – Zach Ertz
    FELX – DeSean Jackson
    DST – Eagles D/ST
    K – Giorgio Tavecchio

    BENCH
    Brandin Cooks, NE WR
    Delanie Walker, Ten TE
    Thomas Rawls, Sea RB
    Derrick Henry, Ten RB
    Jamaal Charles, Den RB
    Allen Hurns, Jax WR

  7. Terri says:

    Just had my worst week in 5 years ugh. Looking at picking up either Coby Fleenor or Ryan Griffin and dropping Martelius Bennett. Thoughts?

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