Next week, some big-name tight ends will be on their bye weeks, including Jimmy Graham, Evan Engram, and Jordan Reed. Last week, Mark Andrews led fantasy scoring without Travis Kelce in the mix to take over the first spot. Andrews had seven receptions for 61 yards in a 13.1 point fantasy effort against New England. Below, I will be ranking tight ends for week 11 of fantasy football. Don’t forget to check out the fantasy football section for more projections, rankings, and statistics.
|Rank||Name||Average Points||Week 11 Opponent||Week 11 Projection|
|1||Travis Kelce||18.8||@ LV||18.7|
|3||Darren Waller||13.1||@ KC||15.1|
|4||T.J Hockenson||11.7||@ CAR||11.4|
|7||Jonnu Smith||11.1||@ BAL||7.9|
|8||Hayden Hurst||10.7||@ NO||10.6|
|9||Eric Ebron||8.8||@ JAX||9.5|
|12||Dallas Goedert||8.5||@ CLE||10.6|
|13||Dalton Schultz||9.3||@ MIN||8.4|
|14||Tyler Higbee||9.1||@ TB||7.6|
|15||Mike Gesicki||8.1||@ DEN||8.9|
|16||Richard Rodgers||5.4||@ CLE||7.6|
Tier One Tight Ends
Travis Kelce is coming off of a bye week and will take on division rival Las Vegas Raiders next week. The last time he played the Raiders in the Chiefs’ first loss of the season, Kelce had a stat line of 8-108-1 in the game for 24.8 fantasy points. In the last two weeks, Kelce has averaged 24.5 fantasy points, which is his best two-game stretch all season. Kelce continues to dominate all other tight ends in receptions, yards and is tied for first in touchdowns. More importantly for tight ends, he is leading the league in targets for tight ends, keeping him at the first position for rankings.
Mark Andrews had a great week last week, leading tight end fantasy points with 13.1 points. Finally, we got the Mark Andrews to bounce back his owners have been waiting for. Before this game, he had three straight weeks under 10 points. Andrews received nine targets last week, tied for the most he has gotten in a game this year. Andrews should make another high standing week against the Titans, who have allowed 8.4 points per game to tight ends this season.
Darren Waller suffered a tough week last week in fantasy ranking 16th in fantasy points with only 6.7 fantasy points. Waller suffered the second-lowest target share of his season with only five targets last game. He should bounce back this week against the Chiefs, where he had 15.8 fantasy points against in week five from a 5-48-1 stat line. He still ranks second in targets and is a huge part of the Raiders’ offense, so he should have a solid outing against the Chiefs.
T.J Hockenson, similar to Waller, had a very tough outing with a stat line of 2-13-0 for 3.3 fantasy points. Marvin Jones Jr. hauled in most of the targets against Washington last week, while the Lions ran the ball a decent amount as well. This is only Hockenson’s third game under 10 points this season, and it was his lowest-scoring outing of the year. Next week the Lions take on the Panthers, who have allowed the 12th most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Hockenson should be due for a solid outing against the Panthers for a much-needed bounce-back week.
Rob Gronkowski has been catching fire in fantasy. In the last five weeks, he has averaged 12.2 fantasy points including one game where he only put up 1.2 points. Gronk’s targets have gone down since the return of Chris Godwin from injury and the newly signed Antonio Brown made his appearance. However, Gronk has proven he can make use of his share, getting in the endzone in four of his last five games. He should have a great outing if his receivers get locked up against the Rams’ solid secondary next week.
Jared Cook has only combined for 2-30 in the last two weeks. Before then, he had three straight games over 10 fantasy points. Without Drew Brees, Cook may see more targets and receptions in the flat to help out Jameis Winston. The Saints are going into their first of two divisional matchups against the Falcons next week in a crucial game they need to win. Expect Cook to be an integral part of that.
Eric Ebron posted 5.8 fantasy points last week against the Bengals in a blowout win. Before this game, Ebron had three straight weeks over 10 points, averaging 12.33 fantasy points per game. Ebron will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars this next week, and the Jaguars have allowed the third-most fantasy points to tight ends this season, allowing an average of 10.5 fantasy points to tight ends. Expect Ebron to improve up his week last week, considering he has made the top ten in two of his last three games for fantasy standings.
The Green Bay Packers and the Indianapolis Colts are both ranked in the top five for the least amount of fantasy points allowed to tight ends this season. This does not bode well for Robert Tonyan, who has only seen one double-digit game in the past five weeks. Neither Mo-Allie Cox nor Trey Burton is due for solid weeks in this contest. Mo-Allie Cox has not seen a double-digit game since week three against the New York Jets. Burton has had two games in the past four weeks over 10 points, with one of those games over 20 points. But, he has only 11 targets in the last three weeks combined. Neither of these tight ends will exceed expectations in week 11.
Tight End Streamers
Richard Rodgers filled in nicely for Dallas Goedert while he was hurt, and now the injured Zach Ertz. His presence now is starting to remind owners of his dominant years in Green Bay. In his last three games, two of them have been over 10 fantasy points as he starts to make his mark on the offense. He is only owned in 3.8% of fantasy leagues on ESPN, and he should have a solid game against the Cleveland Browns as a check down option for Wentz against the Browns’ tough defensive line.
Kyle Rudolph had an outstanding week last week, putting up 8.3 fantasy points against Chicago on Monday night to rank 12th in the tight end fantasy standings. He has averaged 7.5 fantasy points in the last two weeks, and without Irv Smith Jr., Rudolph may see more targets from Kirk Cousins. Rudolph is only rostered in 8.2% of fantasy leagues, making him an easy pick up for week 11 against the Dallas Cowboys, who have allowed the tenth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season.
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