by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
There was a time when finding a dependable tight end, on a weekly basis, was hard to come by. While there are still a shortage of guarantees, the position is significantly deeper than it used to be. Who is the top options this week? Who should we be avoiding? Let’s take a look:
- Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – at Chicago
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Denver
- Jordan Cameron – Cleveland Browns – vs. Buffalo
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Arizona
- Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – at Dallas
- Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Oakland
- Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New York Jets
- Jared Cook – St. Louis Rams – vs. Jacksonville
- Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – vs. New Orleans
- Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – at San Francisco
- Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Houston
- Brandon Myers – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
- Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
- Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Seattle
- Kellen Winslow – New York Jets – at Atlanta
- Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – at Green Bay
- Charles Clay – Miami Dolphins – vs. Baltimore
- Mychal Rivera – Oakland Raiders – vs. San Diego
- Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. New England `
- Scott Chandler – Buffalo Bills – at Cleveland
- Julius Thomas exploded in Week 1 and scored in the first three weeks of the season. That said, he’s failed to eclipse 50 yards in three straight games and has totaled just 8 targets over the past two weeks. He has a favorable matchup and is still one of the better options in the league, but with so many options and a growing running game he’s not going to be one of the Top 3 option.
- The Cowboys are going to have to pass to keep up with the Broncos and, with Miles Austin out, Jason Witten should be one of the prime targets. His biggest issue has always been TD, but he has 2 already this season and should be a force once again this week.
- Greg Olsen draws an Arizona defense that has been abysmal against opposing tight ends this season. With his potential he has to be considered one of the Top 5 options.
- Will Rob Gronkowski play this week or won’t he? We are keeping him off the rankings, for now, because of the uncertainty. If he dresses he’ll be a viable TE1, albeit a risky one in his first week back.
- Jermichael Finley is trying to come back from a concussion, making him a very questionable option for the coming week. Keep that in mind before depending on him.
- You have to think the Giants will go to a quicker passing game, don’t you? That should mean an expanded role for Brandon Myers, who has been hit or miss thus far. He has plenty of potential and should be considered a borderline TE1.
- In three games this season Vernon Davis has 20 yards or fewer in two of them. He was banged up, costing him one game, so that has to be taken into account. Still, can you fully trust him in a matchup that is not an overly simply one? He’s a low-end option for the coming week.
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