Okay, so my tight end predictions for week three didn’t go great either, but like I said last weekend, tight ends are by far the hardest to predict if your name is not Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, or George Kittle. Let’s hope we get it right for your lineups this week people!
Start of the Week;
Mike Gesicki vs Indianapolis Colts
From going from a goose egg in week one to having eight catches last weekend, Gesicki seems to be doing better with Jacoby Brissett in at quarterback. He should have a great game this weekend against the Colts. Brissett trusts him in deep situations and also in checkdown modes as well. The Colts are not good at covering tight ends so get him in your tight end spot if you need one and watch the magic happen.
Jared Cook vs Las Vegas Raiders
Another revenge match on the table people. Cook was once the prominent weapon for Derek Carr and the Raiders, and now he will be on the other side catching balls from Herbert. The Raiders defense isn’t the strongest against covering tight ends so having Cook who is targeted often in games should make a great addition to your lineups. The crazy thing is he is still out there on waivers so keep an eye out for him this week.
Dalton Schultz vs Carolina Panthers
Schultz capitalized on great opportunities last weekend when he caught two touchdown passes against the Eagles. He is targeted often in this offense despite the amount of other receiving weapons they have in Dallas. Overall, the matchup is a decent one too. Schultz like Cook is available in a lot of leagues, so if you need a pickup badly he should be out there for you to start this week when the Cowboys take on the Panthers.
Dawson Knox vs Houston Texans
Knox caught a touchdown pass last weekend against the Washington Football Team, and I am sitting here telling you that you should start him again this week when the Bills face the Texans. The Texans have given up major points to the likes of James O’Shaughnessy, Austin Hooper, and Tommy Tremble. Things should be no different when Knox comes a calling to your lineups against Houston this week.
Austin Hooper vs Minnesota Vikings
Hooper has grown on me in fantasy options for tight ends. The Jarvis Landry injury really helps this cause by the way, and he is a nice checkdown option when OBJ is covered. I like him this week against Minnesota. Their defense doesn’t do a lot when covering tight ends. With the right timing and game managing, Hooper could be a wonderful option for the position for week four.
Kyle Pitts vs Washington Football Team
Hunter Henry vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cole Kmet vs Detroit Lions
Sit of the Week;
Robert Tonyan vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Seems like I am really being a homer and reaching here, but I do not like Robert Tonyan this week. He is not getting enough targets to gardner any good fantasy production. Which means of course he has become touchdown dependent. God I hate that phrase and so should you if you have him in your lineups. The Steelers may not be great, but they have held major tight ends in check for a majority this season. It just seems like a bad move people.
Tyler Higbee vs Arizona Cardinals
Another big name, I know… He even scored a touchdown last weekend when he was my sit of the week. So why would you trust me now? Honestly a lot of it has to do with scheme. I can see Stafford decimating the Cardinals by targeting their secondary instead of the middle of the field. Look for Higbee to be used here, but it won’t be as great as people think. I just don’t favor it, and neither should you if you have him in your lineups.
Jonnu Smith vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Smith has been here before, and honestly it will be hard for him to get out of the sit column for a while. The timeshare between him and Hunter Henry is completely frustrating for fantasy owners (myself included). He also faces the Bucs, and if you think Tom Brady hasn’t told Bruce about the Patriots cruel and obsessive need for tight end production than you don’t know Tom. He’s a risky play (I have to play him), and should be avoided this week.
Tyler Conklin vs Cleveland Browns
Conklin exploded last weekend against the Seahawks with a touchdown and 70 yards. However, the Seahawks defense is absolute garbage while the Browns are a lot better. Add in the fact that he is nursing both glute and elbow injuries has some concerns creeping up. Even so, I don’t like the matchup as Cousins has other weapons to throw to with Jefferson and Thielen who could really torch this secondary.
Evan Engram vs New Orleans Saints
Well, Engram finally got to start last week, and he fumbled the ball. Damn, like how bad can you be dude? He should be nowhere near your lineups this week even with a lot of receiving options down for the count. He faces the Saints defense which is elite, and he just can’t be trusted to make plays anymore. A stinker that you should not have in your lineups at all this week or honestly ever in my opinion.
Eric Ebron vs Green Bay Packers
Max Williams vs Los Angeles Rams
Jordan Akins vs Buffalo Bills