Is there a more frustrating position in fantasy football than Tight End right now? It’s a position that usually attracts injuries but at least there are usually red zone targets. Evan Engram is your top scoring TE through five weeks, but he missed Thursday’s game with an injury. Travis Kelce, the consensus #1 is right behind him despite a lot of drops and only one score. George Kittle still deserves to be in that top tier, his numbers look a little low because the 49ers enjoyed an early bye week.
But what of the rest of the crowd? It looks like Austin Hooper has indeed arrived as a legitimate Tight End, well after I gave up on him after years of hoping. Mark Andrews posted two huge weeks to start the year but has come back down to earth. I think he’s fine going forward but he’s not a threat to enter the elite tier rest of season.
Will Dissly and Darren Waller are the other two guys that have a chance to stick in that second tier. Waller is getting a ton of targets and looks good out in routes. He hasn’t scored yet but you have to believe that’s not far away. I’d hold onto Waller. Dissly... where’d this guy come from? He looks like he’s carved out a legitimate role in this offense and Russell Wilson clearly trusts him. He’s scored in four games and I while I’m not sure he can keep up that pace, he’ll likely finish as a TE1.
Zach Ertz hasn’t lit it up yet but he’s fine. The targets are there, he just hasn’t done much with him. I wouldn’t panic as this offense has the chance to put up big numbers and he’s a big component of that.
That’s eight players. There’s a chance you’re in a league without one of those players. Greg Olsen, Gerald Everett, Delanie Walker, Jason Witten (!), TJ Hockenson, and maybe Jared Cook make up the next tier. Everett is trying to establish himself as a true option in that offense and is probably the guy I’d prefer in that group. Hockenson certainly has potential but outside of his first game against the dreadful Cardinals, he hasn’t shown much. The rest are aging players with reduced roles. The targets have dried up on Olsen with Cam Newton out and you simply can’t feel great about Walker or Witten.
My advice would be to try and trade for one of those first eight players and hold on to dear life if you have one of them. It’s tough out there. Stay strong.
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Will Fuller’s big day helped my daily fantasy squad immensely and I moved back into 4th place. I believe Sam was able to change his name because the new leader is named BoomShakUrlacher, a comfortable 86 points ahead of me. Long ways to go but he has clearly established himself as the team to beat. My colleague WhiskeyRanger has fallen back to 8th place but don’t feel bad for him as he took me out in the Champions League last week.
As for this week, I’m firing up Scary Terry McLaurin who gets back Case Keenum under center and gets to face off against the Dolphins. I think both of those teams are terrible but at least Washington can move the ball with McLaurin. Here’s hoping to a big day from him.
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