It’s already the third week of the NFL, after which point most outfits will shift from using last year’s data to this year’s data. No, three weeks isn’t a huge sample. But three weeks of this year versus all of last year...which one are you taking? I’m excited to lean into all of that as soon as next week.
As for this week, we are still balancing last year with this year. There’s a good bit of timeshares around the league, so be mindful of that. After the top 10 guys or so, you’re really just hoping for a score. To that end, yours truly does lean into team totals per “Vegas” quite a bit when I’m deciding between similar players.
Let’s get into it. Be sure to haggle away below with who is too high or too low...
TE Rankings for Week 3
|What do you want me to say here?
|You know you're getting tons of volume when everyone is disappointed with 5-65 on seven targets (leading his team). He's the 1B option to Kelce.
|Eight receptions in each game, and back-to-back scores.
|He's got half of Hockenson's catch total and has seen fewer looks than Deebo Samuel in back-to-back weeks.
|5-57 last week, and facing the Lions should be good for finding paydirt for the first time this year.
|Antonio Brown is most likely out, and he's got four scores already.
|Ertz (Covid-19 list) being out gives him a bump.
|With Jeudy injured, he has a solid floor (think 6-8 targets) each week. Finding paydirt is the key, and Fant did so last week.
|I think Fant's floor is a SMIDGE safer. But it's close. ATL has just been awful.
|Tons of snaps, just not tons of targets. This matchup also isn't great. But opportunity plus a high game total have me buying in again.
|Only 10 targets through 2 weeks, and it's still Heinicke at QB--and he's making his first career NFL start on the road at BUF. Yikes.
|A team total of 23.25, but I like that he's the guy. And I could see Green Bay having to chase in this one.
|Even with Cleveland's WR injuries, you're hoping for a score. 26.25 team total.
|He's at least fourth in the passing game pecking order, so you're praying for a score. 24.25 team total.
|Had to block more in Week 1 with LT Jackson out, but saw a small rebound in Wk 2 (six targets) with Jackson back. Still a low-end option given that Tua is shelved.
|Splitting time with Hunter Henry and this ball control offense shouldn't often need to score much if Wild Bill's defense has its way.
|It's a 19.25 team total and Justin Fields is making his first NFL start. Saw just one target in Wk 2 due to CHI having the game in hand (only 24 pass attempts).
|Only 3 targets in Week 2, but CLE's wideout corps is beset by injuries. Worth a TE2 dart throw.
|Splitting time with Jonnu Smith and this ball control offense shouldn't often need to score much if Wild Bill's defense has its way.
|Caught a score last week and he's the guy in Buffalo, even if that doesn't equate to tons of targets.
|A timeshare between he and Will Dissly is unappealing.
|Caught three of four targets for 37 yards last week. Still not super involved in this offense.
|He is outsnapping the veteran Ebron, so you have to like the trend here.
|Not really seizing his opportunity in Minnesota right now.
|He predictably flopped in Week 2 after a pair of Week 1 scores. Tough road matchup for New Orleans, and there isn't a lot of volume here.