In Week 6, the tight end position consisted of big performances from Hunter Henry, Austin Hooper and George Kittle. After that, the rest of the field essentially jammed together with no other player making much of an impact. Let’s examine two of these players and how their matchups shake out for Week 7.
Hunter Henry ($4,000) vs. Tennessee Titans
It’s likely you didn’t give Henry much thought in Week 6 as reports surfaced that he’d be “limited” in his return against the Steelers. To be fair, it was true, he only played on 11 snaps of the team’s 62 snaps. The problem was, in those limited snaps, he was essentially targeted every single time. Thus, Henry turned in eight catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns, good for 33 DKFP. Yikes.
For Week 7, Henry receives only a $400 salary increase in an even better matchup against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans clearly don’t do two things well and that’s scoring points and defending against opposing tight ends. The scoring issue is a realm we can get into another day but the lack of defense against tight ends is what’s relevant here. The Titans have only allowed an average of 45 receiving yards per game, but they’ve been scored on four times, which is currently tied for the second-most in the league. We all know how much Phillip Rivers loves his tight ends in the red zone and he backed that sentiment up against the Steelers. With how cheap Henry is for Week 7, he’ll be one of the more chalkier options and rightfully so.
Luke Willson ($3,000) vs. Baltimore Ravens
Wilson wasn’t someone any was looking toward in Week 6 against the Browns. Will Dissly was by far the top tight end option in this offense and it wasn’t even close. However, as we’ve seen, fortunes can change quickly in the NFL and the fear is that Dissly suffered a torn left Achilles’ in the Seahawks win. With Dissly out of the mix, Wilson suddenly becomes the number one option at tight end.
His first game in his new role will come against the Ravens. While they haven’t been anything special defensively, they have done well against opposing tight ends. The Browns and Chiefs both were able to achieve at least 90 receiving yards but aside from that, the Dolphins, Cardinals Steelers and Bengals were held to an average of 32.
Now, we can’t say for sure how much or little Willson will be used with Dissly. He was just re-signed by the Seahawks 18 days ago and was the clear number two option. If we go back to 2017, when Willson played all 16 games for the ‘Hawks, he was playing second fiddle to Jimmy Graham and saw only an overall 3.8% target share and 5.7% of the red zone targets. I think people could be drawn into playing Willson because he’s now the number one and he’s so cheap but I think it’s best to be looking elsewhere.
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