Start of the Week –
Vance McDonald vs San Francisco 49ers
McDonald finally got things going in the receiving game after not being thrown the ball until the last minute of week one’s matchup with the Patriots. In week two’s matchup with Seattle he finished with seven receptions for 38 yards and two touchdowns. This had a lot to do with Big Ben going down with a season ending injury and having Mason Rudolph take his place. He’s a security blanket for Mason and the 49ers aren’t that great against tight ends as you may think with Tyler Eifert scoring against them last week and Cameron Brate would have had two touchdowns against them in week one had they not got called back on penalties. Start McDonald with confidence.
Greg Olsen vs Arizona Cardinals
Okay maybe I was a bit hard on Old Greg last week as he seemed to come back to life with six catches for 110 yards against the Buccaneers. I expect him to have a big week coming up against Arizona who have been absolutely atrocious against tight ends with the Mark Andrews and T.J. Hockenson having monster games against the red birds. Olsen should follow this trend especially with Cam likely out and Kyle Allen starting using Olsen and McCaffrey as security blankets.
Jason Witten vs Miami Dolphins
Okay Jason Witten. I see you old man still doing good. Witten has scored a touchdown in each game starting the season and his matchup against the dreadful Miami Dolphins is a hard one to pass on. Expect the Cowboys to get in the endzone quite often in this game which is where Witten does all his damage with him scoring his third touchdown of the season especially with Michael Gallup out getting knee surgery.
Delanie Walker vs Jacksonville Jaguars
The matchup isn’t a favorable one against the Jaguars, but I would start Walker because he sees targets and is Mariota’s number one receiver on the team. This will be a long boring matchup between these two teams, but I see Walker getting most of the receiving yards in this matchup with maybe a touchdown in this game.
Mark Andrews vs Kansas City Chiefs
Andrews is a very good tight end to start this week against the Chiefs. Their defense struggles against tight ends especially since he is a highly targeted tight end. He won’t probably get the points he has been getting so far, but it is so hard not to start a competitor like Andrews in this scenario.
Darren Waller vs Minnesota Vikings
Will Dissly vs New Orleans Saints
O.J. Howard vs New York Giants
Sit of the Week –
Eric Ebron vs Atlanta Falcons
This one is a no brainer for me. The Falcons are defense that covers the pass against tight ends very well and he also has now taken a bit of a back seat to Jack Doyle in terms of snaps. The Falcons have surrendered just nine points to tight ends in their last thirty four games. Keep Ebron on the bench this week.
Jared Cook vs Seattle Seahawks
Cook wasn’t having the greatest of a season to start and that was when Drew Brees was starting… Now they have Teddy Bridgewater in place of the injured Brees and it doesn’t bold well for Cook’s fantasy levels. He will most likely lean on Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas with Cook taking a back seat even though Seattle isn’t great against tight ends.
Jimmy Graham vs Denver Broncos
Jimmy did well with a touchdown catch in week one against the Bears, but he didn’t have a catch in week two against the Vikings. Like I said earlier I think Green Bay leans on the run game a lot in this game and Aaron Rodgers will pass when needed. Jimmy might get close to the endzone this week, but I don’t see him being used much in this game against the Broncos.
Tyler Eifert vs Buffalo Bills
I honestly think I have a Bengals player in each of my sits for each position so why stop now. Tyler Eifert is a sit this week against Buffalo because of the defense and his injury history. I just don’t see Eifert being used much unless he is in the redzone which will be interesting to see if the Bengals can get there with this defense putting the stop. Plus when you depend on a tight end for touchdowns it is never good especially with Eifert’s injury history.
T.J. Hockenson vs Philadelphia Eagles
Hockenson was a stinker last week catching one pass for seven yards against the Los Angeles Chargers. This week he has another tough matchup against the Eagles who are very good at attacking tight ends. If you need any other convincing facts, the Eagles have allowed only three touchdowns to opposing tight ends in their last seventeen home games. Sit Hockenson this week.