Week 4 Tight End Fantasy Football Rankings & Projections: Is Tyler Higbee’s fantasy potential legit?
Do you want to be better informed on fantasy football this year? You have come to the right place, where we offer rankings, projections, and weekly matchup information every week. Do not miss out and all the right information to improve on your fantasy football season. The tight end position has been quite deep for fantasy success this season and in this article, I will be ranking them for week four of the NFL season.
With George Kittle making a possible return, fantasy owners will need to know his outlook for his first week back from injury. Tyler Higbee had three touchdowns last week but look for his points to dip under his performance last week even against the Giants defense. Logan Thomas has the third-most targets for tight ends this season, but when will he take advantage of them? Week four will be another interesting week for fantasy football and tight end plays.
|Rank||Name||Week 4 Opponent||Total Receptions||Total Receiving Yards||Total Receiving Touchdowns||Week 4 Projected Points|
|1||Travis Kelce||vs. New England Patriots||21||227||2||22|
|2||Darren Waller||vs. Buffalo Bills||20||159||1||20|
|3||Noah Fant||@ New York Jets||14||184||2||18|
|4||Mark Andrews||@ Washington Football Team||9||109||2||15|
|5||Jonnu Smith||vs. Pittsburgh Steelers||13||181||3||14.5|
|6||Zach Ertz||@ San Francisco 49ers||15||130||1||14|
|7||T.J Hockenson||vs. New Orleans Saints||13||171||1||13.5|
|8||Mike Gesicki||vs. Seattle Seahawks||12||175||2||12.5|
|9||Tyler Higbee||vs. New York Giants||10||134||3||12|
|10||George Kittle||vs. Philadelphia Eagles||4||44||0||11.5|
|11||Hunter Henry||@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||206||0||11|
|12||Jimmy Graham||vs. Indianapolis Colts||10||103||3||10.5|
|13||Eric Ebron||@ Tennessee Titans||9||113||1||10|
|14||Logan Thomas||vs. Baltimore Ravens||12||94||1||9.5|
|15||Dalton Shultz||vs. Cleveland Browns||14||147||1||9|
|16||Hayden Hurst||@ Green Bay Packers||9||111||2||9|
|17||Mo Allie-Cox||@ Chicago Bears||10||181||1||9|
|18||Jared Cook||@ Detroit Lions||9||114||1||8|
|19||Robert Tonyan||vs. Atlanta Falcons||7||75||2||8|
|20||Evan Engram||@ Los Angeles Rams||11||96||0||8|
Week 4 Starters
Travis Kelce is one of the only tight ends that makes up a large part of their team’s offense. He has the most targets, catches, and yards for all tight ends in the league. Next week, the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs will take on a tough defense in the New England Patriots. The Patriots have one of the best secondaries in the league and I anticipate Patrick Mahomes will look to Kelce as a check-down option or through the middle of the field. I expect Travis Kelce to continue putting up tight end number one type numbers in week four.
Darren Waller leads the league in targets to tight ends this year with 28 targets through three weeks. He is another tight end that has a major influence on their offense. He usually has the most targets and catches for the Las Vegas Raiders, whose wide receivers have been dealing with injuries this season. His health and target share are largely attractive going into week four against the Buffalo Bills, who have given up the tenth most points to tight ends.
Noah Fant has a large responsibility to the Broncos while Drew Lock is out due to injury. His ability to float the middle for catches is important for their rookie third-string quarterback to take advantage of on Thursday night against the New York Jets. He should continue to put up strong fantasy numbers, even while Drew Lock is out of commission.
Owners of Mark Andrews have been a bit disappointed this season as he ranks 15th among tight ends in fantasy points. However, we know what Mark Andrews is capable of at the tight end position; last year Andrews was one of three receivers to put up double-digit touchdowns. His matchup against the Washington Football Team after a tough loss against the Chiefs bodes well for his fantasy owners.
Jonnu Smith has taken on a large role with the Tennessee Titans, especially with the absence of A.J Brown. The Titans will face the tough defense of the Pittsburgh Steelers in week four and I expect him to be a part of helping them win that game. Look for Jonnu to continue putting up strong numbers.
Tight End Streamers
Logan Thomas has the third-most targets in the league for tight ends this season. Thomas and McLaurin run the passing game in Washington, and they will need to rely on him against a very tough Baltimore defense that is demanding for a bounce-back win. Look for Thomas to put up solid fantasy numbers and be a starter for week four.
Dalton Shultz has put up solid fantasy numbers thus far for a tight end in the league. With 14 catches, 147 yards, and one touchdown, Shultz ranks 13th among tight ends. He goes up against a lackluster Cleveland Browns defense that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Shultz should thrive on the Cowboys yardage heavy offense in week four.
Eric Ebron has been receiving action in Pittsburgh that is appealing to fantasy owners. Now, with the possibility of Diontae Johnson does not play next week, Ebron should be in the mix for more targets. Expect him to be part of the offense in trying to beat the Tennessee Titans in an anticipated close game.
Jimmy Graham is certainly coming off a hot week in fantasy football with two touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons last week. However, he will go up against the hardest defense in terms of tight end defense next week. While Nick Foles might rely on him if his wide receivers are locked up, he may not be a reliable starter for week four.
Hayden Hurst has been very reliable for fantasy this season, but next week the Falcons will play the Green Bay Packers which feels like what will be their inevitable fourth straight loss of the season. It helps to think the Falcons will pass most of the game, but if their wide receiver core is healthy I cannot see them using Hurst to his full potential.
Bounce Back Starters
George Kittle could be making his first appearance since week one after going down with a knee injury. Fantasy owners of Kittle will inevitably need to start him if he plays. Considering the 49ers offense is still banged up, if Kittle plays they will make great use of him. We know how valuable Kittle is to that offense and his return will be anticipated in having a solid week in fantasy football which owners should be excited about.
T.J Hockenson has been hovering around an average of 10 points per game this season. While that is good for him, I expect him to take off as soon as next week against a New Orleans Saints defense. This defense has given up the most points to their opposing tight ends, and Hockenson is a large part of the Lions’ passing game.
Evan Engram has been very quiet this fantasy season after being valued very high in drafts with tight ends. He is due to get in the end zone and it is possible we could see that in week four against the Los Angeles Rams. He is ranked very low because he has not proven his ability to produce in fantasy, but he definitely should have a high ceiling going forward for teams expecting him to produce.
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