Week 10 Rankings (2018): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It has been difficult to maneuver through a relative mess at tight end thus far this season, though there are at least a few promising developments.  With Greg Olsen returning to form and George Kittle and O.J. Howard entrenching themselves near the top of the rankings on a weekly basis, we now have more than two options we know we can trust.  How do things fall after them, though, is still a bit of a crap shoot.  Who should we trust?  Who should we avoid?  Let’s take a look at how things shake out for Week 10:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Arizona
  2. Zack Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  3. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Pittsburgh
  4. George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – vs. New York Giants
  5. O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Washington
  6. Jimmy Graham – Green Bay Packers – vs. Miami
  7. Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – at Cleveland
  8. David Njoku – Cleveland Browns – vs. Atlanta
  9. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Tennessee
  10. Jared Cook – Oakland Raiders – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  11. Trey Burton – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
  12. Evan Engram – New York Giants – at San Francisco
  13. Vance McDonald – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Carolina
  14. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Tampa Bay
  15. Chris Herndon – New York Jets – vs. Buffalo
  16. Nick Vannett – Seattle Seahawks – at Los Angeles Rams
  17. Benjamin Watson – New Orleans Saints – at Cincinnati
  18. Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
  19. Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
  20. Vernon Davis – Washington Redskins – at Tampa Bay

Thoughts:

  • Welcome back to being one of the better options Greg Olsen, who has now scored in three straight games and takes on a Pittsburgh defense that’s allowed the fifth most points per week to opposing tight ends.  While he’s not a can’t miss option, with a lot of the top options drawing tougher matchups and the general questions surrounding the position it is hard to shy away from him.
  • It was another big performance for O.J. Howard in Week 9, as he put up 53 yards and 2 TD against the Panthers.  He’s now racked up 50+ yards in four straight games and has 4 TD over this stretch.  While we’d like to see him get a few more targets (6 targets or fewer in four of his past five games) and the Giants have been relatively tough against opposing tight ends this season, there’s enough upside to view him as one of the better options.
  • Rob Gronkowski missed Week 7, underwhelmed in Week 8 (3 receptions on 8 targets) before sitting again in Week 9.  Injuries have always been an issue and the truth is his performance hasn’t been great all season long.  Throw in a very difficult matchup against a Titans’ defense that’s been among the best at stopping opposing tight ends all season long and he’s going to be a tough sell.  He’s usable if he plays, but he’s more of a low-end TE1 as opposed to a must start option given the risks.
  • It’s been a few straight underwhelming days for Vance McDonald, who has 72 total yards in his past two games and hasn’t scored since Week 3.  At the same time the Panthers have allowed the most points per week to opposing tight ends, including 7 TD (248 yards on 20 receptions over the past two weeks).  That spells upside, and while we can’t ignore the risk he needs to be considered a viable streaming TE1.
  • Jordan Reed is banged up (no surprise there), has gone five straight games with less than 50 yards and hasn’t scored since Week 1.  None of that sounds appealing, does it?  While the matchup seems like a good one, the fact that Vernon Davis outproduced him (he turned 7 targets into 5 receptions and 62 yards) in Week 9 just adds to the risk.  Reed is a viable option, but he’s more of a high risk TE2.
  • With both Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron on the field it’s going to be difficult to determine who the go to option is going to be.  Throw in a difficult matchup and both are high risk TE2 as opposed to options to trust.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 10 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 10 Rankings (2018): Top 40 Running Backs
Week 10 Rankings (2018): Top 25 Quarterbacks

25 comments

  1. d says:

    hey professor. 1/2 ppr league would you drop reed to pick up chris thompson

  2. stephen martin says:

    morning.. could you please rand these guys in order as to who i should grab off waivers
    wr-
    baldwin
    ross
    williams
    miller

    rb-
    davis
    richard
    adams
    smallwood
    mcguire
    patterson

    and if you could please tell me if i’m dropping all or 1 or 2 of godwin, barber, and cobb to get them. thank you much as always. on my way to purchase the mlb guide as we speek. keep up the amazing work

  3. Pwyll says:

    Mulling a trade over and I’d like your opinion Prof. In a PPR league I’m thinking about offering Mixon for Antonio Brown. I have solid options at RB (Barkley, Chubb, Cook, Breida and Carson) and am weaker at WR (Julio, M Jones, J Brown, Baldwin). Trade partner is weak at RB but has another WR1 (Thomas).

    Do you like that trade for me?

  4. matthew T Soltysiak says:

    Mr. Roto,

    I have Njoku, McDonald and Doyle on my roster(just picked Doyle up). Who is the best to ride out the rest of the season? Who is the weakest link? Doyle has the lowest stats, but can’t help but think he might rebound now that he is back and healthy.

    Who do I drop? I am leaning towards dropping mcdonald. I have to make the move tonight. Please help. Greatly appreciate your insight!

    Thanks!

    • I like Njoku the best of the trio for the rest of the way. Doyle has the potential, but with Ebron there as well there’s no guarantee that he’s going to get the looks. I’d have them Njoku / Doyle / McDonald, but Njoku is the only one I’d be truly comfortable with

      • matthew T Soltysiak says:

        Thanks for the response Roto Professor! That was the direction I was leaning, but was not confident of my decision. Moving forward!

        Another question for you, who do you like better J. Richard or C. Patterson?

  5. Stan Gable says:

    Trying to trade Godwin plus 1 WR (trequan/dj moore) and 1 TE (burton/doyle) in nonppr.

    What 1 WR and 1 TE would you keep ROS?

  6. Ted says:

    Would you play J. Cook or J. Doyle in the TE spot this week? PPR league.

  7. Krysta says:

    14 Team PPR. Currently have Herendon, but Doyle, Uzomah, Seals-Jones, Brate, Vannett, Goedert and Swaim available. Thoughts?

  8. mykasp says:

    should I trade: DeAndre Hopkins, Chris Carson and Mike Davis for David Johnson and Zach Ertz.

  9. Brian Cagle says:

    I have TE’s Kittle & J Graham
    Want to move Graham for WR A Cooper your thoughts?
    My WR’s are Theilen, Landry and Baldwin. Need to upgrade

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