The NFL is through the quarter mark, and Week 5 is underway. Tight ends had big performances on Thursday Night Football, although you likely only started one of the two. Will Dissly continues his impressive work, leading the team with four receptions for 81 yards. Gerald Everett surprised us all with seven receptions for 136 yards and will be Week 6 waiver wire catnip!
The rest of us need to figure out the position however, and there are always intriguing names to consider. Tight end is always light, particularly on the waiver wire, so you’re left with decisions based on what’s on your roster heading into Sunday. If you’re coming down to the wire with a tough decision, we want to provide a few options that we think are worth starting — potentially over some bigger names
Jimmy Graham, Green Bay Packers
Graham might not be back to his old ways, but he’s showing signs of life as he nears the twilight of his career. He had six receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown in Week 4, after back-to-back catch-less weeks. This week, Davante Adams will not play and Dallas gives up the tenth most fantasy points to tight ends. There’s some really solid value there and he’s worth a start.
Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
It’s been an abysmal season for Eifert and the Bengals, but if you’re desperate, this is a sneaky-good play. The Arizona Cardinals are the worst team in the league at defending tight ends, giving up the most fantasy points to the position. This could be an awful decision given that the Bengals stink, but there is upside here if you’re in need of a body.
Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints
It’s been a year of regression for Cook, with only eight receptions for 90 yards through four weeks. But this week he faces a Bucs defense that has given up the second most fantasy points to tight ends. Cook is due for a bounce-back effort, and this could be it.