How many trustworthy tight ends are there really at this point? You can count them on one hand, especially when you have to account for absences due to bye weeks. Who can we trust? Who will be the unexpected breakout in Week 8? Let’s take a look at how our rankings currently shake out:
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. New York Jets
- George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – at Seattle
- Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Pittsburgh
- Darren Waller – Oakland Raiders – at Cleveland
- Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans – at Cincinnati
- Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – at Denver
- Rob Gronkowski – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New York Giants
- Richard Rodgers – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
- Jimmy Graham – Chicago Bears – vs. New Orleans
- Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Hayden Hurst – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
- Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – at Chicago
- Robert Tonyan – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
- Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Dalton Schultz – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
- Evan Engram – New York Giants – vs. Tampa Bay
- T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – vs. Indianapolis
- Drew Sample – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Tennessee
- Eric Ebron – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Baltimore
- Harrison Bryant – Cleveland Browns – vs. Oakland
- While Noah Fant was battling an ankle injury entering Week 7, he still managed to turn 7 targets into 3 catches and 38 yards against the Chiefs. The Chargers’ defense has been fairly similar to Kansas City’s against opposing tight ends, and the opportunities will keep Fant as one of the better options in the league.
- With both Zack Ertz and Dallas Goeddert sidelined, Richard Rodgers was targeted 8 times and delivered 6 catches for 85 yards. It’s possible that Goeddert is cleared to play in Week 8, and that obviously would cause Rodgers’ potential value to plummet. Keep that in mind, but as things currently stand he’s a potential TE1.
- The New Orleans Saints have allowed the second most points per week to opposing tight ends, while Jimmy Graham has been targeted 28 times in the past four games (and 5+ times in five of his six games this season). It’s not going to be often that he’s considered a TE1, but this week he is.
- We have to think that Mike Gesicki immediately emerges as a strong safety valve for a rookie making his first NFL start, right? On his own he’s a solid option, so continue to view him as such.
- Rob Gronkowski has now been targeted 8 times and scored a TD in back-to-back games. After a slow start he’s clearly back up to speed and needs to be viewed as a viable option in all formats.
- In Week 7 Drew Sample converted 6 targets into 5 catches and 52 yards. Taking on a Tennessee defense that’s struggled to stop opposing TE this season (354 yards and 4 TD), he’s a solid TE2 and a good target if you are in need of a bye week replacement.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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