Start of the Week –
Hunter Henry vs Tennessee Titans
Hunter Henry made quite an impact during garbage time of last week’s game against the Steelers. He was able to muster eight receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns. He should be a huge factor against the Titans who have allowed the third most fantasy points per touch to tight ends.
Mark Andrews vs Seattle Seahawks
This one should be a given at this point, but with four teams on a bye I had to put this obvious play in the starts. Andrews has been nothing less than special for Baltimore this season. Last week he recorded 99 receiving yards against the Bengals. This week he gets the Seattle Seahawks who have allowed the fifth most points to tight ends this season. Start Andrews with confidence.
Darren Waller vs Green Bay Packers
While it may seem odd to play Waller against the Packers considering Green Bay gives up the sixth fewest points to tight ends there are a number of reasons why to play him. One, Waller is essentially a giant wide receiver so sometimes it is hard to count him as a tight end. Two, he is Carr’s most targeted player. Carr loves his tight ends so even though the matchup isn’t a favorable one it would be wise to play him this week.
Gerald Everett vs Atlanta Falcons
I was disappointed to see that Everett put up such a crapshoot of points last week with a measly two points and I had him as a start last week. To be fair he would have had more points if he had not missed a wide open would-be touchdown throw from Jared Goff. This week he should do much better against an awful Falcons defense that should see him rebound from his pathetic performance last week.
T.J. Hockenson vs Minnesota Vikings
Hockenson almost had a good night against the Packers, but he dropped what would have been a touchdown in the endzone. This week they get the Vikings and I see Hockenson getting on the right track giving Matt Stafford the recognition he finally deserves as a starter. Plus, I know Hockenson like the rest of Detroit is trying to right the wrongs of last week from the horrible officiating.
Noah Fant vs Kansas City Chiefs
Darren Fells vs Indianapolis Colts
Dawson Knox vs Miami Dolphins
Sit of the Week –
Eric Ebron/Jack Doyle vs Houston Texans
Sadly, I couldn’t find an image of both these guys together so they wind up in separate images. But, yes another double feature this time in the form of the sit of the week comes to us in the form of Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle out of Indianapolis. Both men would be wise to avoid in this contest as the Texans have yet to let up a touchdown to tight ends this season. It also doesn’t help that at this point both men are touchdown dependent.
Jared Cook vs Chicago Bears
Cook has found some success as of late with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback in the last two games. In fact, in those two games Cook has caught two touchdowns against the Buccaneers and the Jaguars. However, it seems he has picked up an ankle injury coming into this week and a matchup against the Bears doesn’t sit well for me either. Keep him sidelined this week.
Delanie Walker vs Los Angeles Chargers
Walker is a hard tight end to start at this point. Over the last three games he has played he has scored almost 11 points…combined. With the struggles on the Titans offense it will be interesting to see how Walker fits into all of it because Tannehill might target him as quarterbacks that have a lot of trust in tight ends in new situations simply because they are big and catch the ball. However, the Chargers have only allowed an average of less than four catches a game to tight ends. The math doesn’t add up for me here so it might be wise to sit him this week.
Jimmy Graham vs Oakland Raiders
Graham failed to prove once again to be a viable target for Aaron Rodgers and a valuable asset in fantasy. This week he gets the Oakland Raiders, but with him not participating in practice so far based on prior injuries and now another injury pops up with ankle issues. Plus it seems Rodgers is keen on throwing to no name wideouts instead of Graham. It is also good to know that Mercedes Lewis is stealing work from Graham as well.
Trey Burton vs New Orleans Saints
It seems almost sad that last year Burton was a top tight end option and now he is reduced to a sit or a bust almost every week. I’m not sure what happened here, but I do not see this getting any better especially this week against the Saints who have only allowed an average of four catches, one score and the eighth fewest points to the tight end position. Keep him sidelined.
Tyler Eifert vs Jacksonville Jaguars
Kyle Rudolph vs Detroit Lions
Ryan Griffin vs New England Patriots