We may have seen another potential tight end option emerge in the form of Will Dissly, but he still needs to prove his emergence is for real. After that it gets murky, though that’s something we’ve grown accustomed to. Who will be this week’s emergence? Who will be a bust? Let’s take a look at how our rankings currently look:
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Indianapolis
- George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Cleveland
- Evan Engram – New York Giants – vs. Minnesota
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Jets
- Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
- Darren Waller – Oakland Raiders – vs. Chicago
- Will Dissly – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Arizona
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Jacksonville
- Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – at Houston
- Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Buffalo
- Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts – at Kansas City
- Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
- Jimmy Graham – Green Bay Packers – at Dallas
- Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – at Los Angeles Chargers
- O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
- Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams – at Seattle
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Green Bay
- Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – at Kansas City
- Vernon Davis – Washington Redskins – vs. New England
- While Evan Engram didn’t have a monster Week 4 (4 receptions for 54 yards), the Vikings have allowed 248 yards to opposing tight ends (among the 10 highest in the league). While that should keep him on radars, you have to wonder what the impact of Golden Tate’s return will have on his usage. He remains one of the better options, but temper your expectations because the division of targets is going to change.
- Over the past three weeks Will Dissly has turned 20 targets into 18 receptions and 4 TD. He is dependent on finding the end zone, as he continues to average 10.3 yards/reception or worse each week, so keep that in mind. The Rams have allowed just 146 yards and 2 TD to opposing tight ends thus far, though the fact that the TD have come in each of the past two weeks helps to ease any concerns. He may not be an elite TE1, but he’s a solid one.
- Austin Hooper has been great this season, but are you willing to bet on him against a Houston defense that’s allowed a total of 95 yards to opposing tight ends? We all know the ebbs and flows of tight end production and he still belongs on your radar, but he’s not going to be as highly ranked as we’d have hoped.
- Any tight end taking on the Arizona Cardinals is going to be a potentially viable option, as they’ve allowed a league worst 431 yards and 6 TD to opposing TE. Maybe if the numbers were skewed by one big week we’d have a different opinion, but they’ve allowed at least 1 TD to opposing TE each week. That puts Tyler Eifert on the map as a TE1, though that’s not something that we’ll normally depend on.
- Jared Cook has disappointed this season, but taking on Tampa Bay could this be a “get right” situation? The Buccaneers have allowed 365 yards to opposing tight ends and while we’d prefer him as a TE2 he’s worth monitoring.
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