Week 10! Double-digits are upon us! This is crazy and a little depressing all at the same time...the season is flying by. The Thursday night game has Dennis Pitta and Gary Barnidge, both guys who are underwhelming at the moment. They each represent vanilla TE2 options at the current time.
Tyler Eifert is back after catching 9 balls for 102 yards and a score against Washington in Week 8. I was bullish on his prospects this season due to the loss of Marvin Jones in the Bengals passing attack. Now that Eifert is healthy he should do plenty of ‘eating’ alongside A.J. Green.
San Diego is a situation to monitor, as Hunter Henry enjoyed a limited practice this Wednesday. If Henry does play this weekend I think I’d downgrade Gates a little as a low-end TE1 option. If Henry is out then I like Gates where he is (mid-range TE1).
Zach Ertz is another player I was bullish on to begin the year, and last week against the Giants he finally made a splash (8 receptions, 97 yards). I made zero money off that performance, but now that he’s shown me something I’m willing to take a stab at him again versus the Falcons this week. If Ertz remains the focal point of the Eagles passing attack, he could have another trademark strong finish.
As always, you are free to haggle with me in the comments. Happy trails.
1 Rob Gronkowski
The best tight end in the game stays at the top, regardless of matchup.
2 Tyler Eifert
Your Monday night hammer against the Giants this week.
3 Delanie Walker
Great matchup, safe floor, high-scoring game, Mariota is en fuego...what’s not to love?
4 Jordan Reed
The return of LB Eric Kendricks has Reed down a spot since Thursday (I moved Walker up one).
5 Greg Olsen
Has a tough matchup against SS Eric Berry but he gets the volume.
6 Jimmy Graham
I’m slightly bearish compared to the pros (ECR of TE5) but I fear the Patriots at home.
7 Travis Kelce
He SHOULD deliver without Jeremy Maclin available...right? Riiiight. Plus, Alex Smith is back.
8 Antonio Gates
It looks like Hunter Henry will play, but Gates is proficient enough in the red zone for this ranking.
9 Zach Ertz
He is tough to trust, but he did bust out of his slump last week and has a great matchup vs ATL.
10 C.J. Fiedorowicz
If coverage (Jalen Ramsey) rolls towards Nuk, that’s more eating for Fedora.
11 Zach Miller
Jay Cutler is back but this is a tough draw against LB Lavonte David. “Alshon game” likely.
12 Kyle Rudolph
The Vikings aren’t right but the matchup is solid. But Rudolph is a low-end TE1 for now.
13 Cameron Brate
A classic ‘vanilla’ pick. But he is always a threat to score. That keeps him hanging around.
14 Lance Kendricks
My big mover since Thursday (up 4 spots). Great matchup against the Jets, who I love to hate.
15 Gary Barnidge
Already played this week.
16 Dennis Pitta
Already played this week.
17 Jason Witten
Has 12 RZ targets this season and still barely scores (2). That won’t change vs. LB Ryan Shazier.
18 Austin Hooper
No Jacob Tamme means the rookie will be more involved and is a legitimate streamer.
19 Hunter Henry
He practiced on Friday, so the trend is positive. Matchup is good, too, but this is a timeshare.
20 Coby Fleener
There is always hope in the dome, at home, with Brees. But it’s only a shred...
21 Martellus Bennett
Clearly the third or fourth fiddle in this offense, but with Brady all things are possible.
22 Julius Thomas
He HAS to be considered only as a low-end TE2 in this brutal matchup against HOU.
23 Virgil Green
Had a couple of drops last week but the matchup against NO is prime.
24 Richard Rodgers
When we’ve made it down to dad-runner Rodgers, it is time to stop commentary.
25 Will Tye
He has a good matchup but has always been a secondary option for Eli.
26 Jesse James
I want to go higher but his target counts are too low and Ladarius is going to be active.
27 Vernon Davis
He is getting a few targets each week, but I hope you aren’t this desperate.
28 Josh Hill
He has played 120 snaps to Fleener’s 51 the last two weeks, but has half the targets (only 5).
29 Ladarius Green
Consider me supremely bullish until I see him produce something on the field.
30 Vance McDonald
What bust he has been after being a trendy late-round target in the preseason.