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Week 12 was a tough week for the overwhelming majority of NFL tight ends. While Zach Ertz, George Kittle, and Jared Cook balled out, solid tight ends like Mark Andrews and Darren Waller struggled to gain fantasy points. As the season winds to an end, there is a multitude of tight ends whose stock has been falling in recent weeks. In fact, there a multiple AFC South TEs who fantasy owners should remove from their fantasy roster. Conversely, there are three TEs who fantasy owners should scoop up due to their rising stock.
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Week 12 Studs:
Zach Ertz was the best fantasy tight end this week. He finished his game against the Seahawks with twelve catches, 91 yards, and one touchdown. This season Ertz has been the Eagles’ most productive pass catcher and quarterback Carson Wentz’s favorite target. Ertz currently leads all Eagles players in terms of targets and yardage, with more than twice as many receiving yards than the second leading receiver. As a result, Ertz is a definite TE1 option for the rest of the season.
This season George Kittle has asserted himself as one of the best, if not the best, tight end in the NFL. The former Iowa Hawkeye excelled in San Francisco’s blowout victory against the Green Bay Packers, finishing with six catches, 129 yards, and 1 TD. Kittle has been extremely efficient this season, averaging the second-most receiving yards and fantasy points per game this season amongst all TEs. Kittle currently leads all Niners players in targets, receptions, and yardage despite missing his last two games. Similar to Ertz, Kittle is an elite TE1 option for the rest of the 2019 regular season.
Week 12 Duds:
Monday was a rare tough outing for Mark Andrews, who struggled to haul in two catches for 45 yards. Most of Andrews’ struggles were the result of Lamar Jackson’s low number of passing attempts against the Los Angeles Rams. Fantasy owners need to realize that Andrews’ next four weeks will be against defenses that are tough against TEs. Moreover, his target share has been low for four of his last five games. However, Andrews is still the leading pass-catcher on the Ravens and will continue to be a TE1/TE2 option for the rest of the season.
As the Los Angeles Chargers offense continues to struggle, Gerald Everett’s fantasy production has dwindled. Everett was only able to record two targets, two catches and 23 yards against the red-hot Baltimore Ravens. Over the past few weeks, Everett’s target share has decreased to a point where he is no longer a TE2. With Everett suffering a knee injury, and Jared Goff’s inconsistency, it’d be wise to move off of him.
After high production in consecutive weeks, Hollister had a dud in week 12. Hollister saw four targets, hauled in two catches and 22 yards. Part of his inefficiency was the result of a knee injury he suffered early on against Philly. Moreover, Russell Wilson was off target when he tried to get the ball to the three-year veteran. Hollister is still a TE2 option, but one with a low floor.
Fantasy Stock Soaring:
Ryan Griffin is a great fantasy option to invest in if you are in need of a fantasy tight end. Griffin is one of five tight ends this season that has scored five or more TD receptions. Additionally, Griffin has scored ten or more fantasy points in four of his last five weeks. With Sam Darnold and the Jets offense excelling in recent weeks, Griffin has entered TE2 territory for the foreseeable future.
After a slow six weeks to start to the season, Kyle Rudolph has inserted himself into a top 10 fantasy tight end. Against the Denver Broncos, Rudolph turned all five of his targets into catches for 67 yards and a TD. He has scored ten or more fantasy points in four of his last five games, with three of those performances coming in consecutive weeks. Even though Rudolph is a red zone monster who makes the most of his target share, he is mainly a TD or bust candidate with TE2 status.
Many fantasy football owners are swiftly and silently scooping up tight end Jared Cook. Last week he finished with eight targets, six catches, 99 yards, and a touchdown reception. Over the past five weeks, Jared Cook has consistently recorded ten or more fantasy points and been one of Drew Brees and Teddy Bridgewater’s favorite targets. Speaking of targets, Jared Cook has the second most targets, yards, and receptions amongst Saints players, despite missing two crucial games. While Cook’s durability is a concern, his dependability solidifies him as a low-end/modest TE2.
Fantasy Stock Falling:
Jimmy Graham’s fantasy stock has been plummetting for five straight weeks. At this point in the year, Graham is nothing more than a volatile fantasy player who occasionally puts up 12-18 fantasy points when he scores a TD. In fact, most of Graham’s fantasy production is the result of touchdowns, which he hasn’t scored since week 7. Last week, Graham failed to score above two fantasy points, and his fantasy production might be even less when he plays against the Giants. As a result, it’s clear that fantasy owners should look to find a replacement for Graham.
Darren Fells’ fantasy success has come to a screeching halt. Due to Fells’ struggles trying to find the end zone, he has failed to score ten or more fantasy points in his last three games. Additionally, it’s unlikely that Fells will be able to generate consistent fantasy success on a weekly basis because he is a tight end who has only had 50+ receiving yards in two contests this year. If Fells can find paydirt in week 13, he’ll have a chance to be a low-end TE2. If not, then fantasy owners should look to replace him in week 14.
Unfortunately, Eric Ebron’s fantasy season has ended with him being placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury. Even when he was healthy, Ebron was a TD dependent TE who split snaps with Jack Doyle. Ebron’s regression, coupled with his injury is a clear indication that fantasy owners should drop him.
Fantasy owners should cut bait with T.J. Hockenson. The rookie tight end has failed to score double digits in every game since week four and failed to score any fantasy points against the Redskins. It’s been a rough season for Hockenson, who suffered an injury on Sunday, and has been playing with a backup QB for the last few weeks. Although at this point in the year, it’s definitely a good idea to move on from Hockenson.
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