Last week, Travis Kelce led tight-end points yet again. He caught 8 balls for 136 yards and one touchdown to put up 27.6 fantasy points against the Miami Dolphins. However, the counterpart to the Chiefs, the Dolphins’ tight end Mike Gesicki placed second in the standings last week with 5 catches for 65 yards and two touchdowns. Irv Smith Jr. also made a reappearance to the top ten standings after having been out for two weeks with an injury. Next week is the second or possibly your first round of fantasy football playoffs. Check out all rankings for tight ends in fantasy football for week 15.
|Rank||Name||Average Points||Week 15 Opponent||Week 15 Projection|
|1||Travis Kelce||20.6||@ NO||16.15|
|6||Dallas Goedert||11.3||@ ARI||10.15|
|7||T.J Hockenson||12.4||@ TEN||10.7|
|9||Hunter Henry||9.8||@ LV||10.05|
|11||Rob Gronkowski||9.1||@ ATL||9.15|
|12||Eric Ebron||9.7||@ CIN||8.85|
|13||Irv Smith Jr.||6.4||CHI||7.75|
|14||Jimmy Graham||8.8||@ MIN||6.55|
|15||Zach Ertz||7.2||@ ARI||8.55|
|19||Jordan Reed||7.9||@ DAL||7.9|
Tier One Tight Ends
Travis Kelce will continue to be sung as the best tight end in fantasy football. He put up 8-136-1 last week for his fifth week topping the standings this season. He put up 27.6 fantasy points and brought his average to 20.6 fantasy points per game. If you have him on your team for the playoffs, consider yourself lucky because he is one of the most valuable players to have in fantasy football. He will have a tougher matchup next week against the New Orleans Saints, considering they have allowed an average of 7.2 points per game to tight ends this season. But, Kelce can live up to any challenge.
Darren Waller had a tough week last week against the Indianapolis Colts, who have allowed the fourth least amount of fantasy points to tight ends this season. But, that did not keep him from hauling in 7 catches for 75 yards and 14.5 fantasy points to put him 6th on the tight end standings. He will get a little easier of a matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers next week, and I expect him to be back in his usual spot behind Travis Kelce.
Mark Andrews tied for the most targets with 6 on his team during Monday night’s thriller against the Cleveland Browns. He put up 5 catches for 78 yards against the Browns for 12.8 fantasy points and 7th spot on the tight end standings for fantasy football. He will be taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars next week, who have allowed the 5th amount of fantasy points to tight ends this season. Andrew’s problem always seems to be the fact that he is an easy target for defenses to double cover, but if he can get into open space Lamar Jackson will find him.
Robert Tonyan had another great week against the Lions last week and was third in team targets. He still managed to put up 5 catches for 36 yards and score one touchdown. The Packers will take on the Carolina Panthers next week and they have allowed the 11th most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Tonyan has been in the endzone for four straight weeks now and is becoming a heavy favorite of Aaron Rodgers. He is a must-start for the rest of the playoffs.
Mike Gesicki had a phenomenal week last week against the Kansas City Cheifs at home. He put up the second-most points on the week for tight ends with 23.5 points. He had 5 catches for 65 yards and two touchdowns. His biggest competitive partner for fantasy, DeVante Parker, might not play next week due to an injury. In that case, Gesicki should receive the majority of targets in the passing game. Gesicki has a great chance of making his way back into the top 5 for tight end standings next weekend.
Logan Thomas had just 10.3 points in a very difficult matchup with the San Francisco 49ers, who have allowed the second least amount of points to tight ends this season. However, it did not keep Thomas from having 6 catches in the game for 43 yards. Thomas will get a better shot next week against the Seattle Seahawks and should see a lot of dump-off passes from whoever ends up starting for Washington at quarterback.
Rob Gronkowski saw just two targets against the Minnesota Vikings last week. However, he did get one of them into a touchdown catch for two yards in the endzone. The highest amount of targets on the team for one person was five, and the Buccaneers hardly passed the ball against the Vikings (23 times). Next week Rob Gronkowski will play against the Atlanta Falcons, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends this year. Gronkowski will have a better shot at getting his points back up next week.
Dalton Schultz has struggled in recent weeks and has failed to see a game in double-digit figures since week 11. Next week will be no easier for him against the San Francisco 49ers, who have allowed the second least amount of points to tight ends and kept Logan Thomas to just 10.3 last game. I kept Schultz out of the top 20 standings because he has a better chance of being left out of them.
The Eagles tight ends Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz have a tough matchup against the Arizona Cardinals next week, who have allowed the fifth least amount of fantasy points to tight ends this season. Considering both of them compete for targets along with Richard Rodgers, it is tough to say who will come out with the most points and if that value will be worth starting. However, added that they play the Cardinals, one of them is doomed for a rough outing.
Tight End Streamers
Cole Kmet has been gaining more traction in the Bears’ offense in recent weeks and even saw a 14.1 fantasy day against the Detroit Lions two weeks ago. He saw 7 targets last week, which ranked the 7th highest for tight end targets last week too. He has projected more points than Jimmy Graham next week, but I kept him out because Graham is the more reliable prediction. However, Kmet may see the endzone next week against the Vikings and could benefit many owners. He is only rostered in 6.8% of fantasy leagues on ESPN.
David Njoku saw 3 catches for 45 yards on Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens. With Austin Hooper’s absence due to injury, he certainly took some advantage with three catches. If Hooper is out again, look for Njoku to be a possible streamer for the fantasy playoffs. He is only owned in 1.2% of fantasy leagues on ESPN.
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