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2 TEs to start, 2 to fade in Week 2 fantasy football

Darren Waller highlights our list of the top fantasy tight ends worth playing in Week 3.

Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller runs the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter of a NFL game at Allegiant Stadium. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It’s often hard to find consistency at the tight end position, but some have stood out above all the rest two weeks into the NFL season. Few can be elite so you can often find yourself just looking to avoid getting a goose egg from your fantasy tight end if you don’t have a star. We’ll go over the best fantasy options at tight end and some players to avoid in Week 3 here.

Tight End Starts

Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders vs. New England Patriots

Update: Waller’s injury status will be something to track heading into the weekend. He sat out Wednesday and Thursday practice.

The Patriots have great defensive ends, but none of them can match the physical stature of Waller, who is coming off a monster performance against the New Orleans Saints. He didn’t participate in practice on Wednesday because of knee pain, but he’s likely just getting rest before another top matchup. He leads all tight ends in targets (24) and could become even more of a focal point for the Raiders if Josh Jacobs (hip) is limited.

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fant has caught a touchdown in each of his first two games and leads Denver in receiving yards. Courtland Sutton is on the IR with a knee injury while Jerry Jeudy is dealing with a rib injury, so Fant could be one of Denver’s few reliable options through the air in Week 3. He has the speed to pick up yardage after the catch and has been one of the more consistent tight ends we’ve seen so far this season.

Tight End Sits

Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns vs. Washington Football Team

Hooper is on track to see major regression this year. The NFL’s highest paid tight end has only gotten six targets on a Browns team loaded with talent despite David Njoku being placed on the IR after one game. Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, and Odell Beckham Jr. are prioritized over Hooper, and it’s hard to see Cleveland making him a focal point after the success it had running the football in Week 2.

Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Denver Broncos

Gronk might just be washed up at this point. Gronkowski has caught two passes for 11 yards and has only been targeted four times this season by Tom Brady. Star wideouts like Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are holding Brady’s attention, and O.J. Howard has performed at a higher level than Gronkowski. The Buccaneers’ trading for just seems like an overhyped move now, but maybe he’ll turn things around later on in the year.