George Kittle is doubtful to play so Travis Kelce moves into the No. 1 spot with Patrick Mahomes back. Jonnu Smith gets a good bump with Delanie Walker and Corey Davis out. He’s my TE6 now. Eric Ebron isn’t too happy about his workload, so this could be a week for the squeaky wheel to get the grease. He also will probably be needed with T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell out. I dropped O.J. Howard a couple spots after thinking a bit more about his usage so far this season.
Once again, we head back to the tight end mines to dig for some gold. Unfortunately, gold is sparse in them thar hills. But like any old prospector, we won’t give up, because, well, we don’t have anywhere else to go.
Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington
TEs on bye: Noah Fant, Darren Fells, Josh Oliver, Ben Watson, Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Jeremy Sprinkle
Evan Engram: Engram is in a walking boot with a mid-foot sprain and is considered week-to-week. He could end up missing significant time. Rhett Ellison will take his place and have some fantasy value while Golden Tate will continue to see a bump in work with Sterling Shepard and now Engram out.
O.J. Howard: Coach Bruce Arians says that Howard is “ready to roll” this week against the Cardinals.
Delanie Walker: Walker is no longer in a walking boot and says he is comfortable enough to practice. He isn’t expected to play this week, though. Fire Jonnu Smith up once again as a useful streaming tight end.
Jared Cook: Cook appears closer to returning, but we’ll need to see him get in a full practice before we get too excited.
TE Ranking Tiers
Seattle is one of the weaker defenses against tight ends this season, so there’s no reason not to feel good about our No. 1, George Kittle. After Kittle is Travis Kelce, who would get a big boost if Patrick Mahomes suits up this week, but is still a solid play if Matt Moore gets the nod.
We get Austin Hooper back from his bye, and despite the tough matchup, this game should be able to keep the Falcons throwing enough to get Hooper his usual consistent numbers.
Tier 1 is deep this week, as Hunter Henry, Mark Andrews, and Evan Engram all get favorable matchups.
Tier 2 is where things drop off, but Gerald Everett has good upside while Jonnu Smith gets another shot with Delanie Walker likely out. I may be a little too bullish on Mike Gesicki, but I’ll take him over some of the old dogs that barely can move.
Greg Olsen is getting tougher to rank high, as he hasn’t topped 52 yards or scored a touchdown since Week 3. His usage remains good, and he’ll likely get into the end zone again, but I can see going with a riskier play like O.J. Howard.
Did you say, O.J. Howard? Yes, unfortunately, I did. Howard is back this week and gets the best matchup you can ask for as a tight end. He very well could disappoint yet again, but he’s someone I’d take the chance on this week.
I’ve already mentioned my favorite streamer, Mike Gesicki. He gets a decent matchup with the Colts and should be needed more with Preston Williams going down for the year.
With T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell out, Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron should see an uptick in work, and both have streaming viability.
Jared Cook could return this week, but I’d likely be more wary than excited. If you need him and he starts, there’s upside there, but we just haven’t seen much of it yet.
Tight End Rankings, Week 10
|1||Travis Kelce||KC||@ TEN|
|2||Austin Hooper||ATL||@ NO|
|3||Hunter Henry||LAC||@ OAK|
|4||Mark Andrews||BAL||@ CIN|
|5||Darren Waller||OAK||vs LAC|
|6||Jonnu Smith||TEN||vs KC|
|7||Gerald Everett||LAR||@ PIT|
|8||Mike Gesicki||MIA||@ IND|
|9||Greg Olsen||CAR||@ GB|
|10||Eric Ebron||IND||vs MIA|
|11||Jack Doyle||IND||vs MIA|
|12||Kyle Rudolph||MIN||@ DAL|
|13||Jared Cook||NO||vs ATL|
|14||O.J. Howard||TB||vs ARI|
|15||Vance McDonald||PIT||vs LAR|
|16||T.J. Hockenson||DET||@ CHI|
|17||Jason Witten||DAL||vs MIN|
|18||Jimmy Graham||GB||vs CAR|
|19||Jacob Hollister||SEA||@ SF|
|20||Irv Smith Jr.||MIN||@ DAL|
|21||Ryan Griffin||NYJ||vs NYG|
|22||Rhett Ellison||NYG||@ NYJ|
|23||Demetrius Harris||CLE||vs BUF|
|24||Ross Dwelley||SF||vs SEA|
|25||Tyler Eifert||CIN||vs BAL|
|26||Foster Moreau||OAK||vs LAC|
|27||Chris Herndon IV||NYJ||vs NYG|
|28||Blake Jarwin||DAL||vs MIN|
|29||Nick Boyle||BAL||@ CIN|
|30||Cameron Brate||TB||vs ARI|
|31||Tyler Higbee||LAR||@ PIT|
|32||Dawson Knox||BUF||@ CLE|
|33||Trey Burton||CHI||vs DET|
|34||Maxx Williams||ARI||@ TB|
|35||Anthony Firkser||TEN||vs KC|
|36||Hayden Hurst||BAL||@ CIN|
|37||Charles Clay||ARI||@ TB|
|38||Tyler Kroft||BUF||@ CLE|
|39||Adam Shaheen||CHI||vs DET|
|40||Josh Hill||NO||vs ATL|
|41||C.J. Uzomah||CIN||vs BAL|
|42||Levine Toilolo||SF||vs SEA|
|43||Logan Thomas||DET||@ CHI|
|44||Dan Arnold||NO||vs ATL|
|45||Nick Vannett||PIT||vs LAR|
|46||Durham Smythe||MIA||@ IND|
|47||Luke Willson||SEA||@ SF|
|48||Mo Alie-Cox||IND||vs MIA|
|49||Marcedes Lewis||GB||vs CAR|
|50||Jesse James||DET||@ CHI|
|51||Pharaoh Brown||CLE||vs BUF|
|52||Luke Stocker||ATL||@ NO|
|53||Lee Smith||BUF||@ CLE|
|54||Drew Sample||CIN||vs BAL|
|55||Jace Sternberger||GB||vs CAR|
|56||Ian Thomas||CAR||@ GB|
|57||Ben Braunecker||CHI||vs DET|
|58||Tanner Hudson||TB||vs ARI|