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Week 3 Tight End-PPR Rankings

There are a lot of great tight end matchups this week. Should you be out looking for a streaming option?

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While Rob Gronkowski eases back into the New England Patriot's offense and Jordan Reed owners are wondering why they drafted him so early; has the tight end position become one of the deepest for finding starting value?  This week's PPR rankings have about 20 guys that I would feel alright adding into my lineup if I waited on draft day at the position.  Lets see where your tight end falls for week three:

Rank

Player

Team

Opponent

1

Jordan Reed

WSH

at NYG

2

Delanie Walker

TEN

vs OAK

3

Dennis Pitta

BAL

at JAC

4

Greg Olson

CAR

vs MIN

5

Eric Ebron

DET

at GB

6

Jason Witten

DAL

vs CHI

7

Jacob Tamme

ATL

at NO

8

Antonio Gates

SD

at IND

9

Travis Kelce

CHI

vs NYJ

10

Coby Fleener

NO

vs ATL

11

Dwayne Allen

IND

vs SD

12

Julius Thomas

JAC

vs BAL

13

Kyle Rudolph

MIN

at CAR

14

Gary Barnidge

CLE

at MIA

15

Jared Cook

GB

vs DET

16

Clive Walford

OAK

at TEN

17

Jack Doyle

IND

vs SD

18

Jesse James

PIT

at PHI

19

Virgil Green

DEN

at CIN

20

Jordan Cameron

MIA

vs CLE

21

Hunter Henry

SD

at IND

22

Trey Burton

PHI

vs PIT

23

Charles Clay

BUF

vs AZ

24

Jimmy Graham

SEA

vs SF

25

Austin Seferian-Jenkins

TB

vs LA

26

Austin Hooper

ATL

at NO

27

Zach Miller

CHI

at DAL

28

Vance McDonald

SF

at SEA

29

Richard Rodgers

GB

vs DET

30

Will Tye

NYG

at WSH

Dennis Pitta, Ravens at Jaguars

A popular waiver wire add this week, can fantasy owners add Pitta to their starting tight end spot with confidence? Yes, and barring injury he can be an every week starter. While healthy, Pitta has always finished above the league average for expected points scored per target for tight ends. Pitta’s 12 targets last week for 9 catches and 102 yards along with the lack of weapons for quarterback Joe Flacco have him in a position fantasy owners can put their trust in.

Jacob Tamme, Falcons at Saints

Worthy of a stream this week, Tamme has seen eight targets in each of the last two games and is locked in as the Falcon’s main pass catching TE. With Julio Jones (calf) and Mohamed Sanu (ankle) banged up, Matt Ryan (the number one fantasy quarterback) should be able to rely on his tight end to move the chains. The matchup in New Orleans on Monday night sets up Tamme to see 75% of the snaps in what should be a high scoring game. He is the definition of a high floor and should be started in all types of fantasy leagues.

Coby Fleener, Saints vs Falcons

Remember this guy? The Cinderella of drafts at the tight end position, Fleener, may be ready to boom while his stock has plummeted to that of a bust.  Fantasy owners need to have one more week of patience. Last season’s 8th overall fantasy tight end, Ben Watson, didn’t break out in the Saints offense until week six, at home.. against Atlanta. This year’s Falcons team comes into the Superdome having already given up touchdowns to Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Clive Walford. If Fleener is unable to produce this week then there should be no reason to roster him any longer with a brutal schedule in October and November looming.

Kyle Rudolph, Vikings at Panthers

Outside of Matt Asiata, Rudolph is currently the only other red-zone threat in Minnesota. He should be started if your lineup is looking to roll-the-dice on a high upside touchdown at the tight end position. Owners should be cautioned though. Even without Adrian Peterson, the Vikings are not going to throw the ball more than any of the offenses for tight ends ranked above Rudolph. Thankfully for fantasy owners, the Panthers defense’s only weakness appears to be guarding the tight end position. They allowed a Vance McDonald score last week and Trevor Siemian missed a throw to Virgil Green for a touchdown in week 1.