The tight end position continues to be a bit of a frustrating one, though we may finally be getting a little bit more clarity as to who we can depend on each and every week. With a full slate of games the pool grows even more, further helping fantasy owners. Who are the better options? Let’s take a look:
Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Oakland
Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – at Tampa Bay
Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Chicago
Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Dallas
Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – vs. Minnesota
Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Detroit
Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Green Bay
Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Seattle
Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Denver
Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Houston
Gary Barnidge – Cleveland Browns – vs. New York Giants
C.J. Fiedorowicz – Houston Texans – vs. San Diego
Martellus Bennett – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
Julius Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Buffalo
Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
Coby Fleener – New Orleans Saints – vs. Los Angeles
Lance Kendricks – Los Angeles Rams – at New Orleans
Vance McDonald – San Francisco 49ers – at Miami
Will Rob Gronkowski play or won’t he? We likely won’t know for sure until later in the week, so for now we’re going to include him here. Just make sure you have an alternative plan just in case he’s forced to miss a second game (or word comes out that he’ll be severely limited if he does play).
Surprisingly Jordan Reed has been targeted a total of 10 times over the past two weeks. That type of regressed usage is going to limit his upside, but we all know that he can also become the feature of the offense at any given time. There’s reason to be a little bit concerned, but don’t lose all hope.
While Eric Ebron hasn’t found the end zone, he’s now posted three straight games with 70+ yards (including 92 yards against the Vikings). With Minnesota allowing 321 yards to opposing tight ends over the past four weeks, putting them among the league leaders, Ebron should continue to be a focal point of the offense. Plus, sooner or later you have to think he’s going to find the end zone don’t we?
Tyler Eifert draws an extremely difficult matchup, but with the Bengals losing both A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard this past week we know he’s going to see an increased workload in the offense. There’s risk, but he has to remain on the TE1 spectrum.
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