by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Rob Gronkowski was primed to sit atop these rankings, but a one-game suspension will cost him the game. That hurts fantasy owners as it takes one of the few dependable options off the table. He’s not the only tight end we may be without, unfortunately, as Zach Ertz may not be cleared to return. If we are without both of them, where should fantasy owners look? Let’s take a look:
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
- Evan Engram – New York Giants – vs. Dallas
- Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Arizona
- Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Washington
- Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – at Jacksonville
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Los Angeles Rams
- Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – at Buffalo
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins – New York Jets – at Denver
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Carolina
- Ricky Seals-Jones – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Tennessee
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at New York Giants
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Minnesota
- David Njoku – Cleveland Browns – vs. Green Bay
- Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Detroit
- Vernon Davis – Washington Redskins – at Los Angeles Chargers
- Tyler Kroft – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Chicago
- Jared Cook – Oakland Raiders – at Kansas City
- Charles Clay – Buffalo Bills – vs. Indianapolis
- Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – at Tampa Bay
- O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Detroit
- With Geno Smith under center there was a renewed focus to getting Evan Engram the football, as he turned 8 targets into 7 receptions, 99 yards and 1 TD. No one is doubting the talent and this one snapped a stream of three straight games of 31 yards or fewer. With few alternatives, even with Eli Manning returning to the starting lineup Engram is a no-brainer Top 3 option as everything appears to be pointing to a solid game through the air for New York.
- For now we are including Zach Ertz on the rankings, but there’s some risk that he misses this weeks game after suffering a head injury in Week 13. Be prepared with an alternative.
- Delanie Walker has now scored in back-to-back games, not to mention having 63+ yards in six straight. You can argue that he hasn’t been a target monster (5 targets in each of his past two games), but considering the consistency and production there’s every reason to believe another strong game is coming.
- Hunter Henry has taken advantage of back-to-back favorable matchups, with 12 receptions, 157 yards and 1 TD. He has another good matchup on the horizon, taking on the Washington Redskins, and it appears that the Chargers have finally given him the opportunities we all expected at the start of the season. Look for him to continue riding the momentum and slot him in as a must use option.
- Ricky Seals-Jones took a step backwards in Week 13 (though he really had no other direction to go), with 2 catches for 44 yards. He was still targeted 5 times, giving him 16 targets over the past three games. With a matchup against the Tennessee Titans, who have allowed 189 yards over the past two weeks to opposing tight ends, look for Seals-Jones to deliver once again.
- It looks like there’s a good chance that Greg Olsen returns, but after having a setback upon his initial return you have to wonder if the Panthers will limit him a little bit more this time around. The upside is there, but don’t ignore the risk.
- It would be easy to get excited about Cameron Brate scoring 2 TD against the Packers, but those were also his only two catches for 39 yards. He’s now had under 40 yards in five straight games and could continue to lose opportunities to O.J. Howard. It keeps him suppressed to being a TE2, so don’t get confused.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 14 rankings: