Unless you have one of the handful of reliable weekly studs—and even they haven’t been all that great this year—you’ve got to put in some work to find the right tight end plays each week. Here’s a little advice to get you started for Week 5.
Tight ends to start
Evan Engram, New York Giants
It doesn’t get much better than a matchup against the Cowboys if you’re a tight end. Three opposing tight ends have posted double digit fantasy scores against Dallas’ defense. Engram has been targeted 23 times in his last three games, and while the fantasy points haven’t been there so far, this is a great week to collect.
Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers
The Saints are the second-worst team in the NFL for fantasy points allowed to tight ends, allowing an average of 16 points per game in standard formats and 25 points per game in DraftKings leagues. Henry is one of the most targeted tight ends in the league, and should turn that into points this week.
Tight ends to sit
Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns
The Colts are the league’s stingiest defense when it comes to tight ends—they’ve allowed 71 total yards to the position in four games. Until last week against the Cowboys, Hooper had been an afterthought, and that will be the case again this week.
Greg Olsen, Seattle Seahawks
For all their faults on defense this season, the Vikings still haven’t allowed a tight end to find the end zone. It might be tempting when you see that Olsen’s been targeted 13 times over the last two games, but he had just 35 yards last week to show for his work. Seattle’s receivers are going to have a big day against Minnesota; Olsen, not so much.