Start of the Week –
Gerald Everett vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Everett has been trying to show true potential to be a full fledged starting tight end in fantasy football this year. Coming off a bye week he gets a date with the Pittsburgh Steelers who are ranked the 24th worst defense against the tight end position. They just gave up a touchdown to Jack Doyle from the Colts last weekend. Along with him Pittsburgh has let four other tight ends score this season. Everett should be a key start in a delicious matchup with a position that Pittsburgh just has trouble defending.
Vance McDonald vs Los Angeles Rams
We now flip the script for our next start as Vance McDonald makes the list when he takes on the Los Angeles Rams this weekend. The Rams surprisingly enough with the great defense they have are ranked 21st out of 32 for NFL defenses when they cover the tight end position. Giving that Smith-Schuster is going to be occupied by Ramsey and the defense expecting the dump offs to Samuels, playing McDonald could be a smart play as he remains the one vocal point in this offense for this week in my opinion. Start him.
Greg Olsen vs Green Bay Packers
Look I get it Olsen was my start of the week last weekend and he produced a poor stat line. However, he should be considered an excellent start this week against the Green Bay Packers. They rank 25th against tight ends and showed awful coverage on Hunter Henry last weekend. Kyle Allen will mostly be targeting him with McCaffrey likely covered well along with D.J. Moore. Make him a start this week people.
T.J. Hockenson vs Chicago Bears
Hockenson was supposed to be a true fantasy stud last weekend. However, it was only an average day at the office for him as he mustered only three catches for 53 yards. He was removed late in the game too, but wasn’t listed in the final injury report coming into this week. He faces a Chicago Bears team that is terrible at guarding tight ends. In fact they are 29th in the league at it. I know it is frustrating for Hockenson owners, but maybe this one will be the one he succeeds in like his Week One performance against Arizona.
Kyle Rudolph vs Dallas Cowboys
Rudolph hasn’t been the mot reliable fantasy tight end this season which is honestly a shame considering how well he was used in the redzone in his career. I am willing to roll the dice on him this weekend against the Cowboys though. Adam Thielen is unlikely to play and in his absences Rudolph has done well and even scored from time to time. If you need a tight end to play with so many teams on bye, then Kyle is your man.
Jonnu Smith vs Kansas City Chiefs
Jack Doyle vs Miami Dolphins
Mike Gesicki vs Indianapolis Colts
Sit of the Week –
Jimmy Graham vs Carolina Panthers
Graham has been completely inconsistent this season and I do not see it getting any better. Things are not well for him this weekend against the Carolina Panthers. Their defense has only let two tight ends score all season. If we wanna get even more into detail they give up the seventh fewest fantasy points to the tight end position. Even with six teams on a bye I’d find someone else.
Jason Witten vs Minnesota Vikings
Witten surprised me a little bit with his bounce back performance against the Giants. He caught eight of nine targets for 58 yards. He was reliable as old man Witten can be. I do not like his odds though going into Minnesota as Prescott might look to drive a wedge into the corners with Cooper and Gallup more. Witten is a low end start for a tight end and I just wouldn’t take the risk if you have depth on your roster.
Jacob Hollister vs San Francisco 49ers
You really are about to tell me that Hollister is going to have the same amount of production he had last week. That is complete garbage and anyone who thinks that has no knowledge of the sport and is just a troll. Hollister was used on the team to have relief for an injured reserve stricken Will Dissley. Just because the kid has one good game against a team that sucks at covering tight ends does not make him a starter especially against one of the best defenses in the league. Hard pass on this one.
O.J. Howard vs Arizona Cardinals
I do not care if the Cardinals are the worst team in the league when it comes to covering tight ends. O.J. Howard is unreliable. They were talking of trading him to New England when times got tough. He has had multiple chances here for the Buccaneers. Maybe it is just the way Bruce Arians uses him, but his production is little none. He hasn’t scored double digit points all season. He may get lucky here, but I am going to assume he doesn’t do well and leave it at that.
Tyler Eifert vs Baltimore Ravens
Tyler Eifert actually put up his best stat line of the year against the Rams with six receptions for 74 yards before the Bengals went on their bye week last week. However, with a game against the Baltimore Ravens coming up, I just do not trust Eifert with his injuries and his inconsistency. Eifert cannot be counted on after hitting double digits for the first time all season. The Ravens are also the seventh best tight end coverage in the NFL so this is a big no from me to him this weekend.
Trey Burton vs Detroit Lions
Dawson Knox vs Cleveland Browns
Ryan Griffin vs New York Giants