Tight end can generally be a frustrating position to try and fill. While there are a handful of obvious top choices, after you get past the elite there always seems like an under-the-radar option emerges on a week-to-week basis. Who could be the name to watch this week? Who’s worth utilizing? Let’s take a look:
- George Kittle – San Fracisco 49ers – vs. Arizona
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Houston
- Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
- Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
- Darren Waller – Las Vegas Raiders – at Carolina
- Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Dallas
- Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – at Cincinnati
- Hayden Hurst – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Seattle
- Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – vs. Tennessee
- Eric Engram – New York Giants – vs. Pittsburgh
- Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans – at Denver
- Austin Hooper – Cleveland Browns – at Baltimore
- Rob Gronkowski – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
- Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
- T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – vs. Chicago
- Ian Thomas – Carolina Panthers – vs. Las Vegas
- Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins – at New England
- Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
- Greg Olsen – Seattle Seahawks – at Atlanta
- Maybe Austin Hooper has a big year with Cleveland, coming off back-to-back seasons with at least 71 receptions (in 2019 he set career highs with 75 catches, 787 yards and 6 TD). However is anyone buying a good start to the season? The Baltimore Ravens allowed the second fewest points per game to opposing tight ends in 2019, including tying for the second fewest TD (3 TD allowed). He’s a good play this season, but he’s not a very good option in Week 1.
- Jared Cook showed an ability to consistently find the end zone during his first season in New Orleans, with 9 TD (to go along with 43 receptions and 705 yards). In fact he found the end zone both times he faced the Buccaneers last season and would it surprise anyone if this game devolved into a bit of a shootout? That makes him a good play for Week 1.
- The problem for Eric Engram has been his health as opposed to his production, as he’s played in 19 games over the past two seasons. That said, he proved to be an important safety valve for Daniel Jones in 2019, as he averaged 5.5 receptions and 58.4 yards per game. That’s a role that he’ll once again fill, and while the offense is going to run through Saquan Barkley don’t underestimate the upside of Engram.
- Over the final four weeks Higbee had at least 11 targets per game, and he had at least 7 receptions in each of the last five games (including four games of at least 100 yards). It’s hard to expect that type of usage in Week 1, though it also isn’t impossible against a Dallas defense that allowed the fourth most points per week to opposing tight ends in 2019. There’s some risk, but he’s a must use thanks to his upside.
- After not playing in 2019 what can we expect from Rob Gronkowski? Will he be rejuvenated, showing an instant rapport with Tom Brady? Or will he struggle initially and be eased into the mix? Time will tell, but we’d have some reservations and take a cautious approach this week.
- Maybe Chris Herndon is going to be a viable fantasy sleeper this season, but are we willing to bet it comes against the Bills in Week 1? Buffalo allowed the fewest points per week to opposing tight ends last season, so think of him more as a desperation TE2.
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Sources – NFL.com, ESPN