Week 2 Rankings (2018): Top 20 Tight Ends

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:

 

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Jacksonville
  2. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Tampa Bay
  3. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Pittsburgh
  4. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. Indianapolis
  5. Jared Cook – Oakland Raiders – at Denver
  6. Jimmy Graham – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
  7. Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – at Washington
  8. Evan Engram – New York Giants – at Dallas
  9. George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Detroit
  10. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
  11. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
  12. Trey Burton – Chicago Bears – vs. Seattle
  13. David Njoku – Cleveland Browns – at New Orleans
  14. Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts – at Washington
  15. Ricky Seals-Jones – Arizona Cardinals – at Los Angeles Rams
  16. Benjamin Watson – New Orleans Saints – vs. Cleveland
  17. Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. New England
  18. Antonio Gates – Los Angeles Chargers – at Buffalo
  19. O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Philadelphia
  20. Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina

Thoughts:

  • 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:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 2 Rankings (2018): Top 50 Wide Receivers
Week 2 Rankings (2018): Top 40 Running Backs

4 comments

  1. Eric B says:

    Hey Prof how are you? Well I did it again, I drafted KirkCousins and when Philip Rivers was available in the latter rounds I picked him and wouldn’t u know it I should’ve started Rivers. I didn’t loose but should I start him over Cousins since they are going against Buffalo? Thanks in advance.

  2. Curious says:

    Good morning Prof,
    So I have a 12 team semi-standard league (.5 PPR) with multiple flex positions where tight ends can be used (along with WR) and one TE slot (with 10 starters and only three bench slots and one IR slot). I drafted WR heavy (given the likely point output of lower-tier WR being higher than mid-tier TEs) with only one TE who was Walker (now gone for the season). There are 10 teams with 2 or more TEs (three with 3 TEs). Currently out of your top 20 only Watson and Hooper are not rostered and I have a waiver claim on Watson. I picked up Ian Thomas earlier in the week based on your article(and will switch him out for Watson if the waiver claim goes through).

    If I get Watson I’d likely still need to upgrade to remain competative in the league. Who would you target in a trade? My bait:

    QB: Rogers, Wentz
    RB: Bell, Ajayi, McCoy, Crowell, Ingram
    WR: Green, Goodwin, Edelman, Benjamin, and Marshall

    As always, thank you for your thoughts and good luck this season!

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