by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
There’s a little bit more dependability emerging from the tight end position… Yea right! While there may be players we are relatively comfortable with, there appear to be some bitter disappointments each and every week (Vernon Davis last week against the Giants, perhaps?!). Who can we trust? Who should we avoid? Let’s try to figure it out:
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at New York Jets
- Zack Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Seattle
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Buffalo
- Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Houston
- Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Philadelphia
- Evan Engram – New York Giants – at Oakland
- Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Cleveland
- Jared Cook – Oakland Raiders – vs. New York Giants
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Atlanta
- Vernon Davis – Washington Redskins – at Dallas
- Julius Thomas – Miami Dolphins – vs. Denver
- Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
- Ricky Seals-Jones – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Charles Clay – Buffalo Bills – vs. New England
- Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – at Baltimore
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins – New York Jets – vs. Kansas City
- Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Minnesota
- O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Green Bay
- Tyler Kroft – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Pittsburgh
- Benjamin Watson – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Detroit
- For now we’re going to hold both Jordan Reed and Greg Olsen off the rankings, as their availability is in question. Olsen appears to be the more likely of the two to play, but even if he does are you ready to trust him? He couldn’t make it through Week 12 and is more of a high upside TE2.
- Over the past three weeks Delanie Walker has 16 catches for 218 yards and 1 TD, despite a struggling Marcus Mariota under center. With a favorable matchup and clearly being the safety option (and a consistent one at that), there’s little reason to think that he won’t post another big day. At tight end, there’s something to be said for dependability.
- Jimmy Graham has 4 TD over his past three games and has scored in six of his past seven (8 TD over the seven games). Think Graham is back to being among the elite options in the league? The matchup against the Eagles isn’t an easy one, and that’s going to keep him just outside the elite class, but don’t mistake that for being “down” on him.
- There were high expectations for Hunter Henry entering the season, but overall he’s fallen flat. That said he’s coming off a big day against the Cowboys (5 receptions for 76 yards and 1 TD) and has been targeted 5 times in each of the past two weeks. With a favorable matchup against the Browns (third most points per week allowed to opposing tight ends), he’s an easy play unless you own one of the truly elite.
- Julius Thomas has been targeted at least 5 times in each of the past four weeks, and now draws a favorable matchup against the Denver Broncos. No matter who is under center for Miami it appears that Thomas is returning to viability, and while there’s still some obvious risk he is a TE1 for this week.
- After one week we wanted to ignore Ricky Seals-Jones, but after two? He suddenly belongs on our radars, as he’s turned 11 targets into 7 receptions, 126 yards and 3 TD. He may not overtake starter Jermaine Gresham, but he’s going to continue to play a role and could fully emerge by year’s end.
Sources – ESPN, CBS Sports, NFL.com
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