Is there a more frustrating position for fantasy football players to try and fill than tight end? With the loss of George Kittle things become that much more complicated, as he was one of the few trustworthy options available. Who could step up and be a significant contributor this week? Who is likely to disappoint? Let’s take a look:
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Carolina
- Darren Waller – Las Vegas Raiders – at Los Angeles Chargers
- T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
- Rob Gronkowski – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
- Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – at Atlanta
- Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans – vs. Chicago
- Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – at Indianapolis
- Hayden Hurst – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Denver
- Evan Engram – New York Giants – at Washington
- Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Las Vegas
- Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
- Robert Tonyan – Green Bay Packers – at San Francisco
- Jimmy Graham – Chicago Bears – at Tennessee
- Eric Ebron – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Dallas
- Darren Fells – Houston Texans – at Jacksonville
- Logan Thomas – Washington Football – vs. New York Giants
- Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins – at Arizona
- Ross Dwelley – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Green Bay
- Trey Burton – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Baltimore
- Albert Okwuegbunam – Denver Broncos – at Atlanta
- Noah Fant draws an extremely favorable matchup, taking on an Atlanta defense that’s allowed the most receptions (50) and TD (8) as well as the second most receiving yards (534). Fant has the 10th most targets among tight ends (43) and he has 16 targets over the past two weeks. The yardage hasn’t been there (47 yards or fewer over the past four weeks), but there’s reason to bet on him putting up a big performance this week.
- The Minnesota Vikings have only allowed 2 TD to opposing tight ends, but they have allowed the fourth most receiving yards (488). The matchup comes at an ideal time for T.J. Hockenson, who led the Lions in targets in Week 8 (10) and turned that into 7 catches and 65 yards. Couple that performance with TD in the three games before that and he suddenly looks like a tremendous option for the coming week.
- Over the past three weeks Rob Gronkowski has been targeted 20 times, delivering 14 catches, 181 yards and 3 TD. It’s hard to overlook the numbers, especially with a matchup against the New Orleans Saints (third most points per week against opposing TE) on the horizon.
- Evan Engram has been targeted 19 times over the past two weeks, and while he hasn’t made a ton of big plays he’s been producing fairly well (11 catches for 107 yards) and is going to continue to be a big part of the offense. Opportunity is among the biggest keys to any tight end, and with a favorable matchup he shouldn’t go overlooked.
- Robert Tonyan hasn’t gotten consistent targets this season, but he’s coming off a season high 7. Of course the matchup also works against him, with the 49ers having allowed just 1 TD to opposing tight ends, making him more of a low-end option this week.
- Darren Fells only has 19 targets on the season, though he was targeted 7 times in Week 7 and has found the end zone in back-to-back games. Taking on a Jacksonville defense that’s allowed the fourth most points per week against opposing TE and he suddenly looks like a borderline TE1 for those who are in need.
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