The NFL wrapped up Week 6 last night, and it’s time to start getting your rosters sorted out for Week 7. Tight end is a particularly tough position in fantasy football, but this week brought some intriguing performances and some notable returning names. It’s still a difficult position to find talent at this point in the season, but Week 7 is an interesting one.
We look at what players are available in a majority of ESPN fantasy football leagues. One player worth noting that does not fit this criteria is Hunter Henry, who is owned in 54 percent of leagues. The tight end missed the 2018 regular season with an torn ACL, and then fractured his tibia in Week 1 of this season. He returned on Sunday Night Football, and absolutely dominated. He finished with eight receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns. If he happens to be available in your league and you’ve got the top waiver priority, jump on him.
In the meantime, here are three players worth targeting who are still available in the majority of leagues.
Chris Herndon, New York Jets (17.8 percent)
The Jets activated Herndon from his roster exemption and joins the 53-man roster. He was suspended the first four games of the season, but after injuring his hamstring in his last week on the suspended list, the team used their roster exemption on him last week. Last week, head coach Adam Gase said he was week-to-week with his injury. Even if he does not play in Week 7, he’s worth an add now that Sam Darnold is back. Last season, Herndon had a strong rookie debut, catching 39 passes for 502 yards and four touchdowns. Given the dearth of options, Herndon is a must add if you need help at the tight end position.
Darren Fells, Houston Texans (2.4 percent)
The Texans tight ends are not spectacular, but Fells has some upside. Jordan Akins is always a threat to take some of his targets, but Fells is looking like a growing reliable target for DeShaun Watson. In Week 6, he had six receptions for 69 yards on seven targets. He’s not an every week option, but you can pick and choose your matchups with him. This week he faces an Indianapolis Colts defense that has given up the third most fantasy points to tight ends. He’s a useful flier.
Rhett Ellison, New York Giants (3.9 percent)
Evan Engram returned to practice on Monday, but his status is uncertain for Week 7. If Engram plays he is always a must start, but if he does not, there’s an argument to be made for Ellison. He had three receptions for 30 yards in Week 6, but Week 7 brings the Arizona Cardinals. Through six weeks, the Cardinals are far and away the worst team defending tight ends. Even Ellison could put together impressive numbers against them.