Tight end can generally be a frustrating position to try and fill. While there are a handful of obvious top choices, after you get past the elite there always seems like an under-the-radar option emerges on a week-to-week basis. Who could be the name to watch this week? Who’s worth utilizing? Let’s take a look:
- Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – at Houston
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Los Angeles Chargers
- George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – at New York Jets
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Kansas City
- Darren Waller – Las Vegas Raiders – vs. New Orleans
- Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – at Las Vegas
- Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – at Pittsburgh
- Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams – at Philadelphia
- Evan Engram – New York Giants – at Chicago
- Hayden Hurst – Atlanta Falcons – at Dallas
- Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans – vs. Jacksonville
- Austin Hooper – Cleveland Browns – vs. Cincinnati
- T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – at Green Bay
- Logan Thomas – Washington Football – at Arizona
- Rob Gronkowski – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Carolina
- Chris Herndon – New York Jets – vs. San Francisco
- Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins – vs. Buffalo
- Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Minnesota
- Both George Kittle and Zach Ertz didn’t do much damage in Week 1, but does anyone believe that they can’t (or won’t) bounce back in Week 2? The Jets defense did not look good against the Bills in Week 1 so it makes sense for Kittle to be the favored option, but both should remain in the Top 5.
- Speaking of Ertz, it is interesting to see Dallas Goedert have a huge performance (8 receptions, 101 yards, 1 TD). Ertz was targeted 7 times, he just failed to convert them (3 catches, 18 yards, 1 TD). There is going to be a lot of opportunities between the two, putting both on radars as potential TE1, but Goedert is still the second option for the Eagles and needs to be viewed as more of a borderline TE1 as opposed to the must use Ertz is.
- Hunter Henry tied for the second most targets among TE in Week 1 (8) and he did produce, with 5 catches and 73 yards. He didn’t find the end zone, but in a game where the Chargers will likely have to throw often in order to keep pace it it’s easy to envision another day with ample opportunity. He has to be viewed as one of the better options for the coming week.
- Tied with Henry was Waller, though the latter didn’t produce as much (6 receptions for 45 yards). This week he draws a New Orleans defense that allowed 47 yards and 1 TD to Tampa Bay tight ends (the eighth most points) and that’s going to make him a strong option.
- There were high hopes for Austin Hooper in Cleveland, but he was only targeted twice in Week 1. Don’t let that deter you completely, as he has a favorable matchup and could be a much bigger part of the offense in Week 2. He’s a TE2, but one worth considering depending on your alternative.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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