It feels like a broken record, but tight end remains one of the most frustrating positions to fill. If you lack one of the elite options you generally find yourself scrambling for the next best thing, but how often do those live up to expectations? Lucky for fantasy owners Hunter Henry returned in Week 6, with Evan Engram likely to return in Week 7, helping to add additional options. Who should be trusted? Who should be ignored? Let’s take a look:
- Evan Engram – New York Giants – vs. Arizona
- George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – at Washington
- Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Denver
- Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – at Seattle
- Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – at Tennessee
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
- Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Darren Waller – Oakland Raiders – at Green Bay
- T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – vs. Minnesota
- Jimmy Graham – Green Bay Packers – vs. Oakland
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
- Gerald Everrett – Los Angeles Rams – at Atlanta
- Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – vs. Kansas City
- Darren Fells – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
- Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Houston
- Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – at Chicago
- Dawson Knox – Buffalo Bills – vs. Miami
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Detroit
- Jordan Akins – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
- After missing Week 6 against the Patriots Evan Engram has 10 days to get healthy and back on the field. For now we have to expect that to happen, and that will give him significant value against an Arizona defense that’s allowed the most points per week against opposing tight ends. They’ve yielded a league high 599 yards and 7 TD (including watching Austin Hooper torch them in Week 6). Engram has been among the better options in the league this season, but in this matchup he’ll sit at the top as long as he’s healthy.
- Mark Andrews has been battling injuries of late, but he looked healthy in Week 6 turning 8 targets into 6 catches and 99 yards. A lot of that may have been due to the absence of Marquise Brown, and his health status will have an impact on Andrews outlook. Of course he’s going to remain one of the better options, but whether he’s Top 3 or just middle of the pack due to the matchup remains to be seen. Plan on using him regardless.
- Austin Hooper has been targeted at least 8 times in each of the past three weeks, including a pair of 100+ yard performances (117 and 130 yards). He’s been among the best all season long, and with a positive matchup (George Kittle torched the Rams in Week 6 for 8 catches and 103 yards) he should continue to produce.
- If you are struggling to find a replacement due to injury or a bye week, how does Jason Witten look? He has 50+ yards in three of his past four games and draws a middle of the pack Philadelphia defense. He’s not going to be a great option due to the lack of upside, but there’s enough consistency to consider him a backend, plugin option.
- Jordan Akins has shown flashes, though he’s consistently an afterthought in the Houston offense. The Colts have allowed the third most points per week to opposing tight ends, so that at least puts him on the radar as a potential streaming option given the lack of trustworthy alternatives, though Darren Fells was the more used option in Week 6 and is likely the better play from Houston.
- Hunter Henry immediately showed how missed he was, delivering 8 catches for 100 yards and 2 TD in his return. That doesn’t mean that he’s a lock to produce at quite that level, as the running game struggled, but don’t be surprised to see him remain as one of the better options each week moving forward.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 7 rankings: