Friday injury report
Mike Gesicki was able to get limited practices in on Thursday and Friday, but is still questionable to play against the Patriots.
Irv Smith will get a good matchup with the Bears with Kyle Rudolph out again.
Austin Hooper is questionable, but did get a full practice in and has a good chance to return to the starting lineup against the Giants.
Evan Engram was added to the injury report and is questionable to face the Browns, Backup tight end Kaden Smith is also questionable.
Out: Jace Sternberger (concussion), Kyle Rudolph (foot)
Questionable: Mo Alie-Cox (knee), Evan Engram (calf), Kaden Smith (knee), Austin Hooper (neck), David Njoku (knee), Jimmy Graham (hip), Mike Gesicki (shoulder)
Thursday injury report
Kyle Rudolph missed practice again with his foot injury. Irv Smith Jr. would again get a bump if Rudolph can’t go against the Bears.
Mike Gesicki made a surprise appearance at practice and might be able to play against the Patriots if he doesn’t have any setbacks.
Noah Fant practiced in full and looks ready to go for Week 15.
DNP: Kyle Rudolph (foot), Mo Alie-Cox (knee), Trey Burton (knee)
Limited: Jimmy Graham (hip), Austin Hooper (neck), Mike Gesicki (shoulder)
Full: Noah Fant (illness)
Wednesday injury report
Mike Gesicki didn’t practice with a shoulder injury and won’t play this week against the Patriots.
George Kittle has been designated to return from I.R. and has a chance to play this week.
Kyle Rudpolph was unable to practice on Wednesday. If he can’t go, Irv Smith becomes a stronger start.
Noah Fant practiced in full and appears over the illness that kept him out of last week’s game.
DNP: Jace Sternberger (concussion), Kyle Rudolph (foot), Trey Burton (knee), Mo Alie-Cox (knee), Mike Gesicki (shoulder)
Full: Noah Fant (illness), Hunter Henry
Travis Kelce was once again the cream of the crop in Week 14, as he topped 100 yards receiving for the sixth time this season while scoring his ninth touchdown. His 1,250 yards now rank him first in the league over D.K. Metcalf, Stefon Diggs, Tyreek Hill and any elite wide receiver you can think of.
Mike Gesicki scored twice before leaving with a shoulder injury last week. He was on a nice run, finding the end zone four times in his last three games, but his injury could keep him out this week.
Irv Smith Jr. returned from his back injury to go for 63 yards and a touchdown against the Buccaneers. Smith is a guy who could become an elite fantasy tight end sooner than later. It will be interesting to see if he can get an uptick in work to end the season.
Mike Gesicki appeared to hurt his shoulder last week, but not much information has come out of Miami yet. At this point we’d guess he’s a long shot to play this week.
The Broncos have an illness going around and Noah Fant couldn’t play last week. He was estimated as a DNP on Tuesday, so his status is worth keeping an eye on.
Irv Smith Jr., Vikings
Smith Jr. gets a good matchup against the Bears, who have allowed nine touchdowns to tight ends this season. Recently, both T.J. Hockenson and Robert Tonyan scored on them. Rudolph has three touchdowns in his last three games and should be ready for a full workload this week. I like him even if Kyle Rudolph returns this week.
Cole Kmet, Bears
Kmet was a letdown last week after taking over the lead role from Jimmy Graham the week before, but he still had his second straight game of seven targets. He also gets a matchup with a Vikings team that could be without their middle linebacker Eric Kendricks.
Tight end PPR rankings for Week 4
|1||Travis Kelce||KC||vs LAC|
|2||Darren Waller||LV||vs MIA|
|3||T.J. Hockenson||DET||vs BAL|
|4||George Kittle||SF||vs GB|
|5||Mark Andrews||BAL||@ DET|
|6||Kyle Pitts||ATL||@ NYG|
|7||Rob Gronkowski||TB||@ LAR|
|8||Noah Fant||DEN||vs NYJ|
|9||Robert Tonyan||GB||@ SF|
|10||Logan Thomas||WAS||@ BUF|
|11||Dallas Goedert||PHI||@ DAL|
|12||Tyler Higbee||LAR||vs TB|
|13||Jared Cook||LAC||@ KC|
|14||Jonnu Smith||NE||vs NO|
|15||Juwan Johnson||NO||@ NE|
|16||Austin Hooper||CLE||vs CHI|
|17||Hunter Henry||NE||vs NO|
|18||Cole Kmet||CHI||@ CLE|
|19||Blake Jarwin||DAL||vs PHI|
|20||Mike Gesicki||MIA||@ LV|
|21||Gerald Everett||SEA||@ MIN|
|22||Dalton Schultz||DAL||vs PHI|
|23||Tyler Conklin||MIN||vs SEA|
|24||Dawson Knox||BUF||vs WAS|
|25||Dan Arnold||CAR||@ HOU|
|26||Jack Doyle||IND||@ TEN|
|27||David Njoku||CLE||vs CHI|
|28||Pat Freiermuth||PIT||vs CIN|
|29||Eric Ebron||PIT||vs CIN|
|30||Kyle Rudolph||NYG||vs ATL|
|31||Hayden Hurst||ATL||@ NYG|
|32||Tyler Kroft||NYJ||@ DEN|
|33||Adam Trautman||NO||@ NE|
|34||Albert Okwuegbunam||DEN||vs NYJ|
|35||Anthony Firkser||TEN||vs IND|
|36||Zach Ertz||PHI||@ DAL|
|37||C.J. Uzomah||CIN||@ PIT|
|38||Maxx Williams||ARI||@ JAC|
|39||Harrison Bryant||CLE||vs CHI|
|40||Jordan Akins||HOU||vs CAR|
|41||Chris Manhertz||JAC||vs ARI|
|42||O.J. Howard||TB||@ LAR|
|43||Foster Moreau||LV||vs MIA|
|44||Jimmy Graham||CHI||@ CLE|
|45||Pharaoh Brown||HOU||vs CAR|
|46||Ian Thomas||CAR||@ HOU|
|47||Geoff Swaim||TEN||vs IND|
|48||Mo Alie-Cox||IND||@ TEN|
|49||Kaden Smith||NYG||vs ATL|
|50||Will Dissly||SEA||@ MIN|
|51||Ryan Griffin||NYJ||@ DEN|
|52||Donald Parham Jr.||LAC||@ KC|
|53||Chris Herndon IV||MIN||vs SEA|
|54||Derek Carrier||LV||vs MIA|
|55||Cameron Brate||TB||@ LAR|
|56||Ricky Seals-Jones||WAS||@ BUF|
|57||Josh Oliver||BAL||@ DET|
|58||Marcedes Lewis||GB||@ SF|
|59||MyCole Pruitt||TEN||vs IND|
|60||Tommy Hudson||TEN||vs IND|
|61||Blake Bell||KC||vs LAC|
|62||Durham Smythe||MIA||@ LV|
|63||Ross Dwelley||SF||vs GB|
|64||Darrell Daniels||ARI||@ JAC|
|65||Kylen Granson||IND||@ TEN|
|66||Lee Smith||ATL||@ NYG|
|67||Luke Farrell||JAC||vs ARI|
|68||Eric Saubert||DEN||vs NYJ|
|69||Cethan Carter||MIA||@ LV|
|70||Darren Fells||DET||vs BAL|
|71||Jack Stoll||PHI||@ DAL|
|72||Drew Sample||CIN||@ PIT|
|73||Evan Engram||NYG||vs ATL|
|74||James O'Shaughnessy||JAC||vs ARI|
|75||Hunter Long||MIA||@ LV|