by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
We continue to wait for some of the true elite tight ends to produce big numbers (like Jordan Cameron and Jason Witten), but the position certainly isn’t lacking for options. We’ve seen some incredible breakouts already (like Larry Donnell), while others have produced consistently. No longer a wasteland, let’s take a look at the best options for the coming week:
- Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
- Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – vs. Arizona
- Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Cleveland
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Cincinnati
- Jordan Cameron – Cleveland Browns – at Tennessee
- Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Jacksonville
- Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – at Carolina
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Chicago
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Houston
- Larry Donnell – New York Giants – vs. Atlanta
- Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. New York Jets
- Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Kansas City
- Garrett Graham – Houston Texans – at Dallas
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. St. Louis
- Jared Cook – St. Louis Rams – at Philadelphia
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at San Francisco
- Jace Amaro – New York Jets – at San Diego
- Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – vs. Buffalo
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
- Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Baltimore
- Jordan Cameron played in Week 3 and even though he managed just 1 catch for 23 yards, he came through healthy and should be primed to excel in Week 5. With the Titans allowing 3 TD to opposing tight ends, including two in Week 4 (Coby Fleener & Dwayne Allen each picked one up), there’s every reason to believe in Cameron as a TE1.
- We all know Larry Donnell isn’t going to match last week’s monster numbers. That said, he’s proven that he is going to be a significant factor in the Giants’ passing attack and regardless of the matchup is going to be someone worth considering. Atlanta has been among the best against tight ends thus far, so consider Donnell more of a low-end TE1.
- Delanie Walker has scored in three of four games this season, showing that he’s going to be a consistent threat as Justin Hunter and others disappoint. With at least 7 targets in each of the past three games, it also clearly doesn’t matter who the QB is. Walker is going to play a vital role in the offense.
- Jacksonville has been abysmal on defense and Heath Miller has seen his numbers grow on a weekly basis, reaching 10 catches for 85 yards and 1 TD in Week 4. Consider him a good play as a TE1.
- Since blowing up in Week 2 Antonio Gates has posted a total of 4 receptions for 38 yards (on 6 targets) over the past two weeks. The Jets secondary is bad, but how can we depend on Gates at this point? Philip Rivers could easily target Keenan Allen and/or Eddie Royal instead.
- Garrett Graham hasn’t produced big numbers yet, but the Cowboys have been the worst defense against opposing tight ends this season (including 6 TD allowed). The lack of production keeps him just outside the TE1 class, but he’s a great sleeper option for the coming week.
- The Ravens have been among the best defenses against tight ends and the fact that Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen are going to split targets hurts them both. Neither are going to be considered a high-end option this week.
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