As if dealing with the bye weeks wasn’t enough, we received word on Wednesday that the Giants’ Evan Engram is now “week-to-week” with a foot injury. At a position already filled with questions, losing one of the few dependable options hurts that much more. With him out of the equation, who are the trustworthy options? Who should be avoided this week? Let’s take a look:
- George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Seattle
- Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – at Oakland
- Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
- Travis Kelce – Kasnas City Chiefs – at Tennessee
- Darren Waller – Oakland Raiders – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Green Bay
- Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans – vs. Kansas City
- Gerald Everett – Los Angeles Rams – at Pittsburgh
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Dallas
- Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Miami
- Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins – at Indianapolis
- Vance McDonald – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Arizona
- T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
- Rhett Ellison – New York Giants – at New York Jets
- Jimmy Graham – Green Bay Packers – vs. Carolina
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Minnesota
- Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Miami
- Irv Smith Jr. – Minnesota Vikings – at Dallas
- In four games since returning to the field Hunter Henry has posted 84+ yards three times. Sure he hasn’t scored in three straight, but with consistent opportunity (he’s averaging over 8 targets/game since returning) and a matchup against the Raiders (who have allowed the third most points per week to opposing tight ends, including 65+ yards in three straight) makes you believe that he’ll keep the good times rolling.
- Mark Andrews has totaled 60 yards over the past two weeks, but the bigger issue is the Ravens sudden willingness to utilize all of their tight ends. Against the Patriots Nick Boyle outproduced Andrews (5 receptions, 27 yards, 1 TD) and Hayden Hurst was also in the mix (2 receptions for 15 yards). It’s not enough to keep him out of the top class of options, but it does put him towards the bottom given the new risk.
- Kyle Rudolph has 5+ targets in two of his past three games, scoring a TD in each of them. While he’s hard to trust, a matchup against the Cowboys (sixth most points per week to opposing tight ends) puts him on radars. The bye weeks puts him as a borderline TE1 and on our radars, but he’s hardly a locked in option.
- Speaking of potential fliers, while the attention goes to Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook, Irv Smith Jr. has quietly been making plays. He’s been targeted 6 times in two of his past three games. Of course we are going to have to gamble as to who is going to get the targets, and with Rudolph being the one who’s found the end zone Smith is nothing more than a desperation flier, but with Thielen likely out Smith should play a role.
- Does anyone want to trust a piece of the Dolphins’ offense? It’s impossible to fully buy in, but Mike Gesicki is coming off a solid performance (6 receptions, 95 yards) and now draws a Colts’ defense that’s struggled against opposing tight ends this season. They have been better lately and there’s obviously risk, but at least have him on your radar if you find yourself in desperate need of a plugin.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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