Fantasy Football Week 3 Tight End Preview: Rankings, streamers, projections, DFS plays, and more


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Tight end is a difficult position to evaluate after two weeks for Fantasy football. The nature of the position is such that most of the tight ends have had at least one bad game. In fact, several that were being drafted as top-12 options are still waiting for their first good game. But that doesn’t mean we should view the position just like as we did two weeks ago. There are some noticeable changes happening, so before we get to what the position looks like for Week 3, here’s my quick take on the position in 2020.

Travis Kelce and George Kittle have been joined in the top tier by Darren Waller, and probably Mark Andrews as well. Waller, despite all the pieces Las Vegas added, is still dominating targets for the Raiders and looks like he may challenge Kelce in full PPR for the top spot. The second tier has changed considerably as a result.

Zach Ertz has been joined by his teammate, Dallas Goedert. Goedert is outperforming Ertz so far and I’m not entirely sure that’s going to change. I believe we’ve seen enough from Hunter Henry to put him in Tier 2 as well. I would entertain an argument for any of Jonnu Smith, Tyler Higbee, Mike Gesicki, or Noah Fant in that tier as well, but I believe they fit better in Tier 3, as players who may just be one game away from jumping a tier … but also have some pretty glaring question marks.

That gives us 10 tight ends before we get to the fourth tier. Evan Engram has dropped (despite his start, no pun intended) into that tier, and it’s probably where T.J. Hockenson, Hayden Hurst, Jared Cook, and Dalton Schultz belong as well. But we’re also kind of splitting hairs here. Week 3 could have you swapping Hurst and Schultz for Gesicki and Fant without hesitation.

The real point here is that we have 15 tight ends, and maybe a couple of more, that I feel pretty good about as starters. The depth we hoped for at the start of the year looks like it’s coming to fruition, even if some of the names aren’t the same.

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Numbers to Know

  • 21.6% — More than a fifth of Joe Burrow’s passes have gone to his tight ends this year. That’s a huge opportunity for Drew Sample with C.J. Uzomah out for the year.
  • 73Jordan Akins has run 73 routes this year. Only Travis Kelce, Evan Engram, and Ertz have run more among tight ends.
  • 17 — Goedert leads the Eagles with 17 targets. Ertz is third on the team with 14.
  • 22.2Mo Alie-Cox is averaging more than 20 yards per reception. That won’t hold up, but he’s the only player on the Colts having success downfield right now.
  • 11.0 – Mike Gesicki is averaging 11 air yards per target. That’s highest amongst tight ends with at least 10 targets.
  • 33% — One third of Tyler Higbee’s targets have turned into touchdowns this season. The explosion in Week 2 was awesome, but the target share has not been close to what it was at the end of 2019.

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