The tight end position actually had some separation in terms of fantasy scoring in Week 11. Ryan Griffin, who we’ll be talking about in this article, was the only tight end to score over 20 DKFP despite his limited opportunities against the Redskins. After that, the field was mainly, as usual, bunched together. Let’s dive into what Week 12 will bring!
Ryan Griffin ($4,200) vs. Raiders
This is the second time this season I’ve written about Griffin, which is two more than I would have predicted. Despite seeing only five targets, Griffin came down with all of them for 109 yards and a touchdown, giving him a very impressive 24.9 DKFP performance against the Redskins. It’s the second time this season he’s scored over 20 DKFP (which is when I wrote about him last) and the fourth time he’s scored double-digit fantasy points. He’s not exactly that guy you can rely upon week in and week out to get you this type of production. What’s shocking is that his salary went up a massive $1,300 ahead of the Jets Week 12 matchup against the Raiders. Ready to pay a premium on Griffin?
As I mentioned, this is not going to a consistent type of week for Griffin. He’s seen a couple of these games where he pops off but this isn’t sustainable. Sure, he’s the TE1 on this team since Chris Herndon was barely able to make it on the field and he’s finally landed on injured reserve. The Raiders is a team you can play tight ends against, allowing an average of 15 DKFP and 57 receiving yards. Yet, I simply can’t get past the fact that his salary has risen as high as it has in an average matchup. Was he a good value at $2,900 against the Redskins? Absolutely. Do I want to pay up for him now that he’s the seventh most expensive tight end on the slate? Absolutely not.
OJ Howard ($3,300) vs. Falcons
‘Twas another disappointing outing for Howard, who somehow only received one target which he didn’t catch. In a game that featured 51 total points, one would think that he’d be a bit more involved. But nope, the Bucs simply refuse to get him into the game plan, which is simply puzzling. With this poor performance behind him, Howard dropped $300 in salary ahead of their matchup against the Falcons.
It’s really, really hard to make a case for Howard, who is now averaging just 5.5 DKFP on the year. He’s only reached the end zone once and hasn’t had more than 66 receiving yards in a game. As you’d expect, his salary remains low which at least keeps him somewhat on the radar. The Falcons haven’t allowed anything huge to opposing tight ends with an average of 12 DKFP and 49 receiving yards per game. Yet, if we want to jam in some of the high priced guys, we have to make sacrifices at other positions and Howard can help do that Am I excited about it? Not at all. Will it be necessary in builds? It totally will. Let’s just hope that our persistence pays off for once.