We can count the number of elite, trustworthy tight ends on one hand at this point. That said, with our fantasy season hanging in the balance there are some intriguing names in the next tier who should absolutely be leaned on. Who are those players? Who should we be utilizing in Week 14? Let’s take a look:
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Miami
- Darren Waller – Las Vegas Raiders – vs. Indianapolis
- T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – vs. Green Bay
- Eric Ebron – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Buffalo
- Evan Engram – New York Giants – vs. Arizona
- Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
- Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Atlanta
- Dalton Schultz – Dallas Cowboys – at Cincinnati
- Robert Tonyan – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
- Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins – vs. Kansas City
- Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New Orleans
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New Orleans
- Rob Gronkowski – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Minnesota
- Hayden Hurst – Atlanta Falcons – at Los Angeles Chargers
- Austin Hooper – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
- Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – at Carolina
- Jordan Akins – Houston Texans – at Chicago
- Logan Thomas – Washington Redskins – at San Francisco
- Tyler Eifert – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Tennessee
- Jordan Reed – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Washington
- Just when we thought we could trust Hunter Henry as one of the better options in the league, he completely busts against the Patriots with 1 catch for 5 yards. Things should get better against an Atlanta defense that entered Week 13 allowing the sixth most points per week to opposing TE (they allowed a TD this week). While it’s fair to be skeptical, he’s still a TE1.
- Eric Ebron has been targeted 11 times in each of the past two weeks, totaling 14 catches for 122 yards. That’s definitely a good sign, heading into a matchup with a Buffalo defense that entered the week allowing the fifth most points per week to opposing tight ends (before they allowed 94 yards and 1 TD to San Francisco’s tight ends). Fire him up in all formats.
- While the matchup for Evan Engram isn’t ideal, he’s been targeted at least 8 times in five of the Giants past six games. That’s going to be key for any tight end, and if Engram could ever find consistency he could be a fantasy monster. Time will tell, but compared to other options the upside is simply too high to ignore.
- Are there enough opportunities in the Atlanta offense to trust Hayden Hurst? He’s had 1 catch or less in two of the past three games, totaling 5 catches for 57 yards over these three games. It’s impossible to trust him as anything more than a TE2.
- Dallas Goeddert and Zach Ertz will share targets and could have to deal with Jalen Hurts making his first career start. Keep that in mind before locking either into your lineup, as the upside could be capped.
Sources – NFL.com, ESPN
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