by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Tight end has been one of the more frustrating positions to fill all season long, so why would we expect championship week to be any different? The return of Greg Olsen has definitely helped add to the depth of trustworthy options, but there continues to be questions up and down the board and with your title hanging in the balance those are further magnified. Who should we trust? Who should we ignore? Let’s take a look:
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Miami
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Oakland
- Eric Engram – New York Giants – at Arizona
- Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
- Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – at Cincinnati
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
- Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – at Baltimore
- Ricky Seals-Jones – Arizona Cardinals – vs. New York Giants
- Charles Clay – Buffalo Bills – at New England
- Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – at New York Jets
- Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – at Dallas
- O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
- Vernon Davis – Washington Redskins – vs. Denver
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Seattle
- Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
- Benjamin Watson – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Indianapolis
- Jared Cook – Oakland Raiders – at Philadelphia
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins – New York Jets – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Welcome back Greg Olsen, who exploded for 9 catches, 116 yards and 1 TD in Week 15 against the Packers. The matchup with Tampa Bay is not an easy one this week, but when healthy he is one of those players who you slot into your lineup regardless of the opponent. Coming off this type of performance, is there reason for doubt?
- Eric Ebron doesn’t often get a lot of attention, but over the past two weeks he’s been targeted 18 times (15 receptions, 127 yards, 1 TD). It’s hard not to think that there’s upside against the Bengals, who have allowed TD to opponents in back-to-back weeks (in Week 14 Adam Sheehan & Dion Sims combined for 6 receptions, 76 yards and 1 TD).
- After it looked like Kyle Rudolph would miss Week 15, he ultimately played and scored a TD for the fourth straight game (5 TD total over this stretch). He hasn’t been putting up monster numbers though (he hasn’t had more than 63 yards in a game all season long) and the last time he faced Green Bay he managed 5 catches for 47 yards. He’s a TD dependent option, and when coupled with the injury he’s hard to consider a must use.
- As quickly as Jimmy Graham rose to a viable option, he’s completely disappeared. Over the past two weeks he’s totaled 1 catch for -1 yard, being targeted a total of 5 times. Maybe he rebounds in a favorable matchup? Perhaps, but with your fantasy title hanging in the balance that’s not something you want to depend on.
- While the splash of Ricky Seals-Jones appears to be a distant memory, he belongs on radars again this week with a matchup against the Giants. It’s more likely that a TE finds the end zone than he doesn’t against New York, making Seals-Jones this week’s best potential streamer.
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