by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Not only are there tight ends emerging around the league, but we also have some viable options finally returning to health. It all adds up to there being numerous options for fantasy owners to chose from. Who’s the best, though? Let’s take a look:
- Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Miami
- Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – vs. Philadelphia
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at San Diego
- Jordan Cameron – Cleveland Browns – vs. Cincinnati
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Atlanta
- Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – at St. Louis
- Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Dallas
- Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – at Detroit
- Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Minnesota
- Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New England
- Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
- Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – vs. Seattle
- Jared Cook – St. Louis Rams – vs. San Francisco
- Brandon Myers – New York Giants – at Kansas City
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Pittsburgh
- Rob Housler – Arizona Cardinals – at Tampa Bay
- Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Oakland
- Scott Chandler – Buffalo Bills – vs. Baltimore
- Charles Clay – Miami Dolphins – at New Orleans
- Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – at Denver
- Jason Witten hasn’t had a tremendous season, yet, at least compared to some of the young tight ends who are emerging throughout the league (Witten has 16 receptions for 149 yards and 2 TD). That said his matchup with the Chargers is favorable, as they have been among the five worst defenses against TE thus far (according to nfl.com) and have allowed a league worst 340.7 passing yards per game overall. Don’t underestimate how good of a week he could have.
- While Jordan Cameron is coming off a 3 TD week, we obviously can’t anticipate him replicating that. That said, it’s become clear that the Browns are going to be a pass heavy offense and Cameron is going to be one of the go to options (along with Josh Gordon). It’s hard to consider him anything but a Top 5 option in all formats.
- There’s obvious risk in Rob Gronkowski, because there’s no guarantee that he plays. If he does, however, he instantly becomes the go to receiver for Tom Brady. While he’s not a lock to produce, he’s well worth the risk.
- Will Vernon Davis play on Thursday night? It appears likely, though it is far from a guarantee. If you plan on using him, make sure you have an alternative just in case.
- Tony Gonzalez has been a disappointment, with 11 catches for 93 yards and 1 TD over the first three weeks of the season. The Patriots have actually been the best team in the league at stopping opposing tight ends, and overall have allowed 2 TD and just 188.3 passing yards per game. While you would think the Falcons passing game will be able to produce, Gonzalez is nothing more than a low-end option.
- Heath Miller had 3 catches for 35 yards in his first game of the season, and also has an extremely favorable matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Look to him as a viable TE1 in all formats.
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