Start of the Week –
Darren Waller vs Indianapolis Colts
Darren Waller has been a fantasy stud thus far in fantasy. Not only does he lead the Raiders in basically all receiving categories, but he only has had a thirty percent target share. That is huge in my mind. He also faces a Colts defense that just gave up two touchdowns to Austin Hooper from the Falcons last week. Start him with confidence.
Greg Olsen vs Houston Texans
This matchup isn’t necessarily a good or bad one, but it is hard to argue with Olsen’s stat lines in the last two weeks as he has had twelve receptions for 185 yards and two touchdowns. This week he gets the Texans who haven’t been the worst against tight ends, but you gotta believe that Kyle Allen will rely on him during this game with a lot of targets being thrown his way.
Mark Andrews vs Cleveland Browns
Andrews didn’t perform that great against Kansas City, but I have to believe it is the foot injury and the Ravens are just taking precautionary methods. If he plays this week he has big things coming his way with a matchup against the Cleveland Browns who gave up two touchdowns to Delanie Walker back in week one. The defense is also a little banged up which also goes to Mark’s favor.
Delanie Walker vs Atlanta Falcons
Speaking of Delanie Walker, he is also a start for me this week. This doesn’t necessarily mean he will score a touchdown as Atlanta is good at covering tight ends, but here is some food for thought. Mariota has a 128.7 passer rating when targeting Walker. The stat lines don’t lie. So even if Walker doesn’t score here you can imagine him getting a lot of balls thrown his way in this one especially if the Titans fall behind early in the game.
Will Dissly vs Arizona Cardinals
Dissly has come out of the shadows from a sleeper to a starter in his back to back game performances against Pittsburgh and New Orleans getting eleven catches for 112 yards and three touchdowns. This week he has a huge matchup against probably the worst NFL that covers tight ends. If you have him start him in your lineups this week cause you’re about to hit pay dirt.
Austin Hooper vs Tennessee Titans
Vernon Davis vs New York Giants
T.J. Hockenson vs Kansas City Chiefs
Sit of the Week –
O.J. Howard vs Los Angeles Rams
This is a tough one for me considering he is on my fantasy team this year so I have to start him no matter what, but this matchup just isn’t in his favor. Howard has only been targeted a combined nine times in three games and only has ninety eight yards and no touchdowns to show for it. It also doesn’t help that they play the Rams this week who have a strong defense for Howard to try to break through.
Jared Cook vs Dallas Cowboys
The matchup isn’t the greatest, but honestly throw the matchup out the window because Cook just isn’t getting the targets he needs especially with Bridgewater at quarterback. With Drew Brees he still had a shot at doing good things. However, I would advise at this point to keep him on your bench and if you have someone who has a better matchup take that this week and hopefully Cooks can do well when Brees comes back.
Jason Witten vs New Orleans Saints
Witten came back down to earth after failing to secure his third touchdown in three weeks against the Dolphins. This matchup is going to be an explosive one and in my mind will favor the receivers and running backs rather than the tight ends. Witten is also very touchdown dependent so it will be tough to start him this week with those odds stacked against him.
Trey Burton vs Minnesota Vikings
It is crazy to believe that last year Trey Burton was a top ten tight end last year. Now after coming back from a sports hernia he has only managed six receptions for twenty five yards and no touchdowns. The matchup is a decent one against Minnesota, but honestly I do not trust his usage this season and that is why he is a must sit this week against the Vikings.
Jordan Akins vs Carolina Panthers
If you are wondering who this kid is he is the tight end for the Houston Texans and he did a monstrous job last week against the Chargers catching the ball three times for seventy three yards and two touchdowns. I do not see this being a repeating factor. While the Panthers’ defense isn’t the greatest against opposing teams, I’d assume Hopkins, Fuller and Stills will have the work load here along with Hyde as the running back. Akins will most likely be the last option he passes to in this game which is why he is a sit in my book.
Tyler Eifert vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Jimmy Graham vs Philadelphia Eagles
Kyle Rudolph vs Chicago Bears