Outside of maybe kicker, has there been a more frustrating position to fill for fantasy owners? Even the elite of struggled at times, and with injuries and difficult matchups the names you can truly trust are few and far behind. That’s not ideal, especially for this time of year, so let’s take a look and see how our options rank:
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
- George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Atlanta
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Denver
- Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Minnesota
- Darren Waller – Oakland Raiders – vs. Jacksonville
- Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – at New Orleans
- Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – vs. Indianapolis
- Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams – at Dallas
- Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – at San Francisco
- Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – vs. New York Jets
- Ian Thomas – Carolina Panthers – vs. Seattle
- Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins – at New York Giants
- Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – at Kansas City
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Los Angeles Chargers
- Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
- Jacob Hollister – Seattle Seahawks – Carolina
- David Njoku – Cleveland Browns – at Arizona
- Kaden Smith – New York Giants – vs. Miami
- O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Detroit
- Darren Fells – Houston Texans – at Tennessee
- Over the past four weeks Zach Ertz has been targeted 44 times, 16 more than any other tight end (Darren Waller and Travis Kelce are tied for second with 28 targets). On the season Ertz has been targeted 119 times (one of two tight ends with 100+ targets). Taking on a Washington defense that’s allowed 4 TD to opposing tight ends over the past four weeks, how can he not be the top option?
- With fantasy titles hanging in the balance we want to trust Mark Andrews, but there a lot of factors working against him for his Thursday game. Not only was he forced out of Sunday’s game with an injury, he draws a tough matchup with the Jets and also has competition for targets. It’s hard to remove him from being a TE1, but he’s borderline at best and it all depends on your alternative.
- Tyler Higbee has been targeted 19 times over the past two weeks, delivering 14 catches for 223 yards and 1 TD. Sure the Rams have multiple wide receivers who can take the targets, but Higbee has entrenched himself in the offense and can’t be overlooked.
- With Greg Olsen out in Week 14 Ian Thomas was targeted 10 times, delivering 5 catches, 57 yards and 1 TD. Assuming that Olsen is sidelined again there’s every reason to believe Thomas will again be a solid option, taking on a New Orleans defense that’s allowed the ninth most points to opposing tight ends over the past four weeks.
Sources – NFL.com, ESPN