Start of the Week –
Hayden Hurst vs New Orleans Saints
Hurst has proven to be a valuable asset to a heavy passing Falcons offense. He’ll have a great matchup on hand this weekend when he and the Falcons have a divisional matchup against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints are in the bottom tier of defenses against tight ends at 26th. This is a great start for Hurst to be in this week.
T.J. Hockenson vs Carolina Panthers
Hockenson has been the greatest thing since sliced bread for the Lions as he and Stafford have finally established a reliable connection throughout the crazy 2020 season. Even though he is questionable with a toe injury, he was able to play through it last weekend against the Washington Football Team. He should still be a main tight end to play this weekend.
Hunter Henry vs New York Jets
Henry hasn’t provided that one big game for us yet this year that he was able to do with Rivers when he was under center for the team. However, it is really hard to ignore the matchup against the Jets whose defense is ranked 22nd out of 32. I feel good about this matchup as we will see if Henry can finally break down the barrier.
Dallas Goedert vs Cleveland Browns
I keep pushing Goedert, and it sucks every time he comes up short. So this will be his last shot I would assume until Ertz comes back from IR. The Browns aren’t the greatest at defending against tight ends coming in 23rd out of 32. This is his last big moment here, so let us hope he can do it finally. It will really be up to Wentz though at this point.
Logan Thomas vs Cincinnati Bengals
Logan Thomas made some great plays for returning quarterback Alex Smith last weekend against the Lions. He caught four balls for 67 yards, and he has a great streaming matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend. Their defense is second to last in terms of defending against tight ends. So if Thomas was looking for a big breakout game, this could potentially be it.
Eric Ebron vs Jacksonville Jaguars
Austin Hooper vs Philadelphia Eagles
Dalton Schultz vs Minnesota Vikings
Sit of the Week –
Robert Tonyan vs Indianapolis Colts
Tonyan has gone from hero to zero in recent weeks following his three-touchdown performance. With Lazard coming back, and Valdes-Scantling making waves as well, Tonyan has been put on the back burner. He’ll remain that way against the Colts who are 3rd against the position. The only reason Jonnu Smith scored last weekend was on a rushing touchdown.
Tyler Higbee vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The tight end carousel between Higbee and Everett is a tough nut to crack this season with both of these tight ends sharing the snaps on the field. So for that sake alone even with the amount of targets he got last weekend, I will be sitting him against a tough Buccaneers defense.
Mike Gesicki vs Denver Broncos
Gesicki didn’t see a lot of love from rookie quarterback Tua when they played the Chargers, and I would think that might continue this weekend against the Broncos. They aren’t the best team at defending against tight ends, and they certainly aren’t the worst. I just feel like better options are out there for you to get at an already thin position.
Kyle Rudolph vs Dallas Cowboys
The matchup seems like a fair one indeed with the Cowboys being terrible at defending against anyone who plays them. Rudolph would be in a better position if he could get into the endzone, but that role seems to have been given to Irv Smith. Not worth the risk of a start this week honestly.
Trey Burton vs Green Bay Packers
If you are even remotely starting Trey Burton, your fantasy team is probably in shambles to begin with. He is by far the worst move of this sit list as he faces the best team against tight ends; the Green Bay Packers. Avoid this at all costs as he has only had two weeks of double digit fantasy points.
Jared Cook vs Atlanta Falcons
Jonnu Smith vs Baltimore Ravens
Greg Olsen vs Arizona Cardinals