Week 4 Rankings (2019): Top 20 Tight Ends: Emerging Names Jump Into Top 5, Potential Streaming Options & More

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We feel like we say the same thing week in and week out, but tight end is among the most frustrating positions isn’t it? Just when we think someone has emerged as a trustworthy option they seem to vanish from the game plan while another surprising option rises. It’s a week-to-week juggling act, so let’s take a look at where things look to be falling for Week 4:

  1. Evan Engram – New York Giants – vs. Washington
  2. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Detroit
  3. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Green Bay
  4. Darren Waller – Oakland Raiders – at Indianapolis
  5. Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
  6. Will Dissly – Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona
  7. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Houston
  8. Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Tennessee
  9. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Atlanta
  10. Vernon Davis – Washington Redskins – at New York Giants
  11. Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – vs. Dallas
  12. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – at Pittsburgh
  13. Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Oakland
  14. Jimmy Graham – Green Bay Packers – vs. Philadelphia
  15. T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – vs. Kansas City
  16. O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Los Angeles Rams
  17. Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – vs. Jacksonville
  18. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at New Orleans
  19. Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Tampa Bay
  20. Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Oakland

Thoughts:

  • Evan Engram showed an instant rapport with Daniel Jones, turning 8 targets into 6 receptions, 113 yards and 1 TD.  Given the state of the receiving corps the opportunities are going to continue to be there, especially with Saquan Barkley sidelined, and a favorable matchup against the Redskins only makes things look better.  He’s not going to be the elite option most weeks, but it all comes together in Week 4.
  • It was another big week for Darren Waller, who turned 14 targets into 13 receptions and 134 yards.  He’s had at least 63 yards in each of the first three weeks and has emerged as a go to option for Derek Carr, but he has yet to find the end zone.  That keeps him a step below the truly elite, but he’s going to be among the better options in the next tier (especially against an Indianapolis defense that’s been prone to opposing tight ends).
  • Over the past two weeks Will Dissly has totaled 11 receptions, 112 yards and 3 TD.  That’s an impressive stretch and against an Arizona defense that’s yielded 5 TD to opposing tight ends over the first three weeks there’s every reason to believe that it’s going to continue.  He’s not one of the elite, but he’s a good start in all formats.
  • After Greg Olsen exploded in Week 3 (6 receptions, 75 yards and 2 TD), it would be easy to thrust him into the top tier of tight ends for the coming week.  While he still should be good, a matchup with a tough Houston defense (90 yards, 0 TD) is going to keep him a little bit suppressed.  He’s still worth using, but keep your expectations a little bit in check.
  • T.J. Hockenson was electric in Week 1, but over the past two games has totaled 2 catches for 7 yards.  It just goes to show you that rookie tight ends remain risky options, and while they could have big performances it’s impossible to trust him week in and week out.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 4 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

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