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:
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Baltimore
- George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – at New York Giants
- Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Kansas City
- Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins – at Jacksonville
- Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams – at Buffalo
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Cincinnati
- Darren Waller – Oakland Raiders – at New England
- Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – vs. Green Bay
- Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans – at Minnesota
- Logan Thomas – Washington Football – at Cleveland
- Hayden Hurst – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Chicago
- Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Cincinnati
- Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Carolina
- Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – vs. Tampa Bay
- Drew Sample – Cincinnati Bengals – at Philadelphia
- Evan Engram – New York Giants – vs. San Francisco
- Austin Hooper – Cleveland Browns – vs. Washington
- Dalton Schultz – Dallas Cowboys – at Seattle
- T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – at Arizona
- Rob Gronkowski – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Denver
- All signs point towards George Kittle being ready to play on Sunday against the Giants. There’s no question that he’s among the best options in the league, when healthy, so as long as nothing changes he’s a must use TE1 in all formats.
- Mike Gesicki is tied for the fifth most targets among tight ends (16) and draws a Jacksonville defense that’s allowed the third most points per week to opposing tight ends. That seems like a perfect opportunity, especially for a player who is coming off an 11 target day (which he turned into 8 catches, 130 yards and 1 TD). Not generally thought of as a must use option, this week he’s right there with the better choices.
- Generally viewed as one of the better tight ends in the league, Zach Ertz is sharing the opportunities with Dallas Goedert thus far (Goedert actually has more targets, with 17 vs. 14). That’s going to limit both of them slightly, but there appear to be more than enough opportunities to go around.
- Darren Waller draws a tough matchup with the Patriots, but Oakland uses him as more than just your prototypical tight end. Moving all around the formation, Waller has been the most targeted tight end in the league, including turning 16 targets into 12 catches, 103 yards and 1 TD in Week 2. While there is some risk, the potential upside is too great to ignore.
- Logan Thomas hasn’t done great things with his opportunities thus far, though he has been targeted 17 times and draws a Cleveland defense that’s allowed the most points per week to opposing tight ends. While he may be tough to trust is most weeks, he’s a low end TE1 for Week 3.
Sources – NFL.com, ESPN
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