This may be the toughest week for fantasy owners in terms of their tight end, as injuries and bye weeks cost us the majority of the elite options. Who rises to the top of our rankings? Who’s still too risky to trust? Let’s take a look:
- Darren Waller – Las Vegas Raiders – vs. Denver
- T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – vs. Washington
- Evan Engram – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
- Rob Gronkowski – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
- Jimmy Graham – Chicago Bears – vs. Minnesota
- Eric Ebron – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cincinnati
- Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – at Las Vegas
- Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles – at New York Giants
- Austin Hooper – Cleveland Browns – vs. Houston
- Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – at New England
- Jordan Reed – San Francisco 49ers – at New Orleans
- Robert Tonyan – Green Bay Packers – vs. Jacksonville
- Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – vs. San Francisco
- Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – at Miami
- Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans – vs. Indianapolis
- Irv Smith Jr. – Minnesota Vikings – at Chicago
- Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Logan Thomas – Washington Football – at Detroit
- Darren Fells – Houston Texans – at Cleveland
- Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Seattle
- Hockenson has seen his opportunities balloon over the past two weeks, turning 18 targets into 12 catches (he has 5+ targets in three straight games). He’s also been a TD machine, scoring in four of the past five games (5 TD total). Taking on Washington, who have allowed the sixth most points per week to tight ends, he suddenly bumps all the way into the Top 3. That’s not going to be typical, so owners should enjoy it while they can.
- It’s been a nice surge from Rob Gronkowski, and he should be able to take advantage of the defense that’s posted the third most points per week to opposing tight ends over the past four weeks (15 catches for 183 yards and 3 TD). Of course the entire offense looked bad in Week 9 against the Saints, but it’s easy to envision a solid bounce back this week.
- The Vikings have allowed the fourth most yards to opposing tight ends (527), but they’ve managed to keep them out of the end zone (3 TD allowed). Will that change this week against Jimmy Graham, who has the fourth most targets over the past four weeks (27)? Coming off one of his best games this season (6 catches for 55 yards and 1 TD), he’s a good bet.
- We all want to believe that Hunter Henry is among the better tight ends in the league, but with Justin Herbert exploding Henry simply hasn’t produced. With a difficult matchup on tap, he’s more TE2 than a trustworthy option.
- Jordan Reed was very limited in Week 9, his first game off the IR, but with another week behind him and the 49ers banged up it’s easy to envision his role growing significantly. Taking on a New Orleans defense that’s allowed 6 TD to opposing tight ends, he’s a worthy gamble as a low-end TE1.
Sources – NFL.com, ESPN
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