Week 2 Rankings (2019): Top 20 Tight Ends: Can The Week 1 Breakouts Replicate Their Performance & More

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Tight end can be among the most frustrating positions, especially if you don’t have one of the elite. It seems like every week there’s a breakdown, though often they quickly disappear. Of course what about when it’s an option that’s been hyped throughout the offseason? There are several examples of that from Week 1, so are they truly trustworthy? Who else should we utilize this week? Let’s take a look:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Oakland
  2. Evan Engram – New York Giants – vs. Buffalo
  3. George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – at Cincinnati
  4. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Atlanta
  5. Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Arizona
  6. O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
  7. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Indianapolis
  8. T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  9. Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – at Detroit
  10. Darren Waller – Oakland Raiders – vs. Kansas City
  11. Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – at Los Angeles Rams
  12. Vernon Davis – Washington Redskins – vs. Dallas
  13. Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Philadelphia
  14. David Njoku – Cleveland Browns – at New York Jets
  15. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  16. Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts – at Tennessee
  17. Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams – vs. New Orleans
  18. Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins – vs. New England
  19. Vance McDonald – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Seattle
  20. Jimmy Graham – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota

Thoughts:

  • It was a big day for Mark Andrews, who was a go to target for Lamar Jackson and racked up 8 receptions (on 8 targets) for 108 yards and 1 TD.  Taking on an Arizona defense that was torched by rookie T.J. Hockenson in Week 1 it all comes together for another strong outlook.  While we can’t put Andrews ahead of some of the truly elite, he’s among the best options for Week 2.
  • Speaking of Hockenson, what rookie transition?  He turned 9 targets into 6 catches for 131 yards and 1 TD looking like he could quickly emerge as one of the elite.  He’s not there yet, but he’s opened eyes enough that he’s impossible to ignore and is a TE1 for the coming week.
  • As was expected Evan Engram emerged as the go to option for Eli Manning, turning a massive 14 targets into 11 catches, 116 yards and 1 TD.  Especially with Golden Tate out on suspension there is every reason to believe that he’ll continue to see a similar workload.  HOver the first four weeks he should be considered a Top 3.
  • We’ll see if Jordan Reed can get healthy and cleared to play in Week 2, but for now we’re going to keep him off the rankings.  If he’s playing he has a favorable matchup, so he’d likely just slide into Vernon Davis’ spot.
  • Greg Olsen wasn’t great in Week 1, but he was targeted 9 times by Cam Newton and opportunity is half the battle.  He’s not the player that he once was, but he’s still a potential TE2 (with TE1 upside) in all formats.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 2 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses



15 COMMENTS

  1. The ranking for McDonald is extremely low. Are you bearish on the entire pit offense w/o #84 taking up all of the defensive attention. Or is this just a bad matchup. I was hoping for a rebound game back at home for the entire offense. Thanks

    • It’s more the matchup/questions on offense in general (I’d expect Seattle’s defense to take a step forward with a full week of getting Jadaveon Clowney up to speed). Plus, with the quick rise of a few guys McDonald’s upside value isn’t goig to be quite as appealing

  2. Hey Prof – I have a good gut feeling about TJ Hockenson in general – question is, do I play him over G. Kittle Week 2? Stats say that the Bengals are better against the TE position than the Chargers. Go with stats or gut? Lacking clairvoyant abilities, your advice helps fill the gap. Thanks

      • Thank you……Got a little excited about the rookie for a minute. I’ve got Kelce in my other league (and Hockenson again, as well) I’ll take the same Nooooooooooooooooooo from you and add a couple of o’s on that one too. Big Thanks again!

  3. Hi Profeesor

    you have OJ Howard and Andrews ranked together – I have them both and fliiping coin of which to start in standard scoring format

    any edge either way? I’m not a big fans of playing Thursday players but I still have the dilemma

    thanks for all your great work – love your site!

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