Tight end has been a difficult position this season, unless you’ve been lucky enough to have one of the elite. With bye weeks and injuries mounting, things have become even trickier. Who are the names that we should be trusting? Who is worth plugging in? Let’s take a look:
- George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Arizona
- Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Kansas City
- Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Houston
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Los Angeles Chargers
- Darren Waller – Oakland Raiders – vs. Cincinnati
- Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta
- Gerald Everett – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Chicago
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New England
- O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
- Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
- T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – vs. Dallas
- Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins – vs. Buffalo
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Detroit
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Denver
- Vance McDonald – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
- Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – at Minnesota
- Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
- Darren Fells – Houston Texans – at Baltimore
- Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – at Oakland
- The Arizona Cardinals have been horrific against opposing tight ends this season, including allowing 10 TD (including one to O.J. Howard in Week 10). If he’s healthy and on the field it’s impossible not to have George Kittle sitting atop the rankings, though monitor the news as the week progresses to see his status. Having missed Week 10, fantasy owners need to be planning for the worst.
- We all know that Travis Kelce is among the elite tight ends in the game, but it is interesting to note that he’s never scored a TD against the Chargers. Does that mean he won’t find the end zone in Week 11? Of course not, but it’s fair to put him a little further down the top tier because of it.
- Greg Olsen was targeted 10 times in the Panthers’ loss to the Packers and has at least 6 targets in three of the past four games. He may not be producing like he once has in his career, but opportunity is key for tight ends. With it appearing that the looks will be consistent he’s well worth utilizing as a TE1.
- Speaking about opportunity, Jared Cook returned after missing nearly a month and was immediately targeted 10 times. He turned that into 6 catches and 74 yards and draws another favorable matchup against Tampa Bay (who have allowed the second most receiving yards to opposing tight ends at 695). Fire him up as a locked in TE1 this week.
- Sometimes Gerald Everett is a significant part of the passing attack and sometimes he’s an afterthought. In Week 10 he was a major factor, turning 12 targets into 8 catches and 68 yards. Of course it’s no guarantee that he receives that type of workload once again, though the Bears have been susceptible to opposing tight ends this season (614 yards and 3 TD). The potential opportunity is enough, especially considering the sharp drop-off from the elite to everyone else.
- Where did this performance from O.J. Howard come from? Obviously the numbers weren’t quite elite, but he set a season high with 7 targets and delivered 4 catches, 47 yards and 1 TD. While he is hardly a must start, there’s enough upside to have him back on your radar.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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