The Green Bay Packers have a bit of a predicament in the running back room, as they are likely to be without their top three backs on Thursday night. If things stay this way, that leaves them with their fourth and fifth string running backs, who have a total of 15 NFL carries between the two. The Packers may look to attack more through the air, and with Davante Adams being the only wide receiver to carve out a distinctive role this season, there may be more room for the tight ends to shine this week. Are Tonyan or Sternberger worth a spot in your lineups? We break down the fantasy analysis below.
Fantasy Football analysis: Packers TEs Robert Tonyan, Jace Sternberger
Robert Tonyan appears to be forming some chemistry with Aaron Rodgers, and he may be called upon to have a larger role on Thursday night. He had a season high seven targets in Week 8, which he turned into 5 receptions for 79 yards. Rodgers looked comfortable looking for Tonyan on deep routes, averaging 15.8 yards per reception, and on those targets, he demonstrated some potential big play upside. The 49ers are a tough match-up for tight ends, but Tonyan’s increasing target share from an elite quarterback coupled with his deeper play ability make him a fringe TE1 this week. He is worth a start, particularly as a bye week fill in.
Jace Sternberger saw a season high four targets in Week 8, which he turned into three receptions for 46 yards. Sternberger was a breath of fresh air for this offense, and if he continues to perform he may garner an increased role. Unfortunately, that role is not well-established enough just yet to gamble on starting him in your lineups. He is still competing with Tonyan for targets at the position in a tough matchup this week. He is the TE2 on this offense and no more than a TE3 for fantasy purposes. One big play and a touchdown could earn him a TE1 point total, but it’s a boom/bust situation and Sternberger is best left on the bench this week.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Robert Tonyan as a low-end TE1
Sit Jace Sternberger