by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Outside of Jordan Reed, who we’ve been without for much of the season anyway, it appears like we’ll be all hands on deck at the tight end position. Considering the instability of many of the options that’s great news with fantasy titles hanging in the balance. Who should we trust? Who should we be skeptical about? Let’s take a look at how the rankings shake out:
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Pittsburgh
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
- Evan Engram – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at San Francisco
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Cincinnati
- Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – at Kansas City
- Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Denver
- Jared Cook – Oakland Raiders – vs. Dallas
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Oakland
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Green Bay
- O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Atlanta
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins – New York Jets – at New Orleans
- Julius Thomas – Miami Dolphins – at Buffalo
- Charles Clay – Buffalo Bills – vs. Miami
- Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – vs. Chicago
- Stephen Anderson – Houston Texans – at Jacksonville
- Vernon Davis – Washington Redskins – vs. Arizona
- Ricky Seals-Jones – Arizona Cardinals – at Washington
- Obviously there’s risk that Zach Ertz isn’t cleared from the concussion protocol, but after there was talk about him returning in Week 14 it would appear likely. Taking on a Giants defense that has been abysmal against tight ends, as well as having a secondary QB option who could look for his safety valves more often, Ertz is clearly among the best options if he plays.
- Travis Kelce has been a monster all year long… Except for Week 3 against the Chargers, when he had 1 reception for 1 yard. He’s too good to move too far down the rankings, but with a difficult matchup he’s the “bottom” of the elite level options.
- The matchup for Hunter Henry gets more “difficult” in Week 15, but over the past three weeks he’s amassed 16 receptions for 207 yards and 2 TD. At the same time the Chiefs have struggled against opposing quarterbacks overall and Henry has reemerged as one of the go to targets for Phillip Rivers. Look for him to keep the good times rolling.
- After back-to-back poor showings (5 catches for 20 yards and 1 TD), Jack Doyle should return to relevance with a favorable matchup against the Broncos. He’s not a top end option, but we all know the upside he brings.
- We all want to trust Greg Olsen, and considering the questions around the league it’s fair. However we need to look at reality. His Week 12 return was cut short due to a setback… He was held out of Week 13 due to a precaution… He was targeted just once in Week 14 (and that went incomplete)… Sure there’s potential and if healthy his role should expand, but with your fantasy title hanging in the balance you aren’t going to want to trust him if you can avoid it.
Sources – NFL.com, ESPN, CBS Sports
Make sure to check out all of our Week 15 rankings: