Week 10 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight end continues to be one of the most frustrating positions to try and fill.  You had better hope that you have one of the elite options, or even a solid one that you can depend on for a few points each and every week.  If you are forced to settle for a desperation play, whether it’s due to bye weeks or injury, puts you at risk of taking a goose egg (and many learned that this past week).  Who are the players we can depend on for Week 10?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Denver
  2. Evan Engram – New York Giants – at San Francisco
  3. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Washington
  4. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona
  5. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Cincinnati
  6. Tyler Kroft – Cincinnati Bengals – at Tennessee
  7. Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New York Jets
  8. Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Pittsburgh
  9. Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – at Jacksonville
  10. Vernon Davis – Washington Redskins – vs. Minnesota
  11. Austin Seferian-Jenkins – New York Jets – at Tampa Bay
  12. Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Dallas
  13. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Atlanta
  14. O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New York Jets
  15. Garrett Celek – San Francisco 49ers – vs. New York Giants
  16. A.J. Derby – Denver Broncos – vs. New England
  17. Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Houston
  18. Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – vs. Cleveland
  19. David Njoku – Cleveland Browns – at Detroit
  20. Julius Thomas – Miami Dolphins – at Carolina

Thoughts:

  • It’s easy to be down on Kyle Rudolph, who hasn’t topped 50 yards in any game this season.  That said he’s seen at least 7 targets in each of his past four games and draws a Washington defense that has allowed a league worst 637 yards to opposing TE.  In other words he’s one of the best options this week, as opportunities meet matchup for what should be his breakout performance.
  • The injury to Jameis Winston is going to hurt Cameron Brate’s outlook, but the emergence of O.J. Howard could be the bigger obstacle.  Granted Brate still got more looks in Week 9 (4 to 2), but that’s still two opportunities that were syphoned away.  The matchup with the Jets is a highly favorable one, and that’s going to keep him as a solid TE1, but his value is diminishing and in a tougher matchup he’d be more of a TE2 option.
  • The San Francisco 49ers are losing wide receivers left and right, and now they’ve lost George Kittle as well, meaning Garrett Celek is going to get an opportunity to produce.  Considering that the Giants have set a record, allowing a TD to a tight end in nine straight games, he seems like a good “gamble” as a TE1 if you need a fill-in.
  • We’ll have to wait and see if Jordan Reed is healthy enough to play, and if he does you can simply plug him into Vernon Davis’ spot on these rankings.  Whoever is the “starter” is interchangeable at this point, the problem is if they end up sharing the load.

Sources – ESPN, NFL.com

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