by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
No position was hit harder by injuries than tight end during Week 1, leaving fantasy owners scrambling to find a solution. Who should we be looking at to trust this week? Is there anyone we should be avoiding? Let’s see how it all breaks down:
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Jacksonville
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Tampa Bay
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Pittsburgh
- Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. Indianapolis
- Jared Cook – Oakland Raiders – at Denver
- Jimmy Graham – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
- Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – at Washington
- Evan Engram – New York Giants – at Dallas
- George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Detroit
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
- Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
- Trey Burton – Chicago Bears – vs. Seattle
- David Njoku – Cleveland Browns – at New Orleans
- Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts – at Washington
- Ricky Seals-Jones – Arizona Cardinals – at Los Angeles Rams
- Benjamin Watson – New Orleans Saints – vs. Cleveland
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. New England
- Antonio Gates – Los Angeles Chargers – at Buffalo
- O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Philadelphia
- Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
- While the Chiefs as an offense were impressive overall, Kelce struggled in Week 1 turning 6 targets into just 1 catch and 6 yards. Obviously he’s going to remain a significant factor, and he’s among the better and most trustworthy options, but can we trust him to the same extent as the other elite options? He’s a Top 5 tight end, and likely will be most weeks, but that doesn’t mean he’s truly “elite” as of today.
- The Denver Broncos were torched for one huge play by Will Dissly (he finished with 3 catches, 105 yards and 1 TD). Will Jared Cook, who was the most targeted tight end in Week 1 (he turned 12 targets into 9 catches and 180 yards) be able to get free and produce another impressive stat line? Considering the questions at the position, especially after a pair of significant injuries, we’d be willing to bet on it.
- Evan Engram has the potential to be a Top 5 tight end, the question is if he’ll be able to convert the opportunities he’s given behind Saquan Barkley and Odell Beckham. He struggled in that regard in Week 1, converting 5 targets into 2 receptions and 18 yards, so keep that in mind before overvaluing him.
- It appears that Andrew Luck and the Colts could focus on the short-to-intermediate passing game. That should mean ample opportunities for both Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron, who are both viable options. With the targets going 10-to-5 in Doyle’s favor he’s going to be the preferred option, but it also wouldn’t be shocking to see that swing the other way in any given week (adding a little bit of risk that can’t be ignored).
- George Kittle was the go to receiver in Week 1 after Marquise Goodwin went down with a bruised thigh. It’s possible that Goodwin will miss Week 2 and if he does Kittle (9 targets) would again be among the focuses of the offense. Even if Goodwin plays the team will need Kittle to play a role, so consider him a potential TE1 depending on your alternatives.
- The Rams got torched by Jared Cook in Week 1 and Ricky Seals-Jones was targeted 6 times (converting them into 3 catches and 19 yards). While the stat line isn’t going to blow you away, the matchup seems favorable enough to consider him a streaming option if you need a fill in.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 2 rankings: