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There are a couple of key tight ends on bye this week, including Eric Ebron, Jack Doyle, and Darren Waller. Those owners may be looking for tight ends to pick up this week in their place. I will be going over my top tight ends for Week 6 which will highlight those with the best matchups this week.
Week 6 TE Rankings
|Rank||Tier||Player||Team||Opponent||Week 6 Projection (PPR)|
|1||1||Travis Kelce||Kansas City Chiefs||Houston Texans|
|2||1||George Kittle||San Francisco 49ers||Los Angeles Rams|
|3||1||Zach Ertz||Philadelphia Eagles||Minnesota Vikings|
|4||2||Mark Andrews||Baltimore Ravens||Cincinnati Bengals|
|5||2||Will Dissly||Seattle Seahawks||Cleveland Browns|
|6||2||Austin Hooper||Atlanta Falcons||Arizona Cardinals|
|7||3||Delanie Walker||Tennessee Titans||Denver Broncos|
|8||3||Jared Cook||New Orleans Saints||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|9||3||Greg Olsen||Carolina Panthers||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|10||3||Gerald Everett||Los Angeles Rams||San Francisco 49ers|
|11||4||T.J. Hockenson||Detroit Lions||Green Bay Packers|
|12||4||Jimmy Graham||Green Bay Packers||Detroit Lions|
|13||4||Chris Herndon||New York Jets||Dallas Cowboys|
|14||4||Jason Witten||Dallas Cowboys||New York Jets|
|15||4||Vernon Davis||Washington Redskins||Miami Dolphins|
|16||5||Jordan Akins||Houston Texans||Kansas City Chiefs|
|17||5||Tyler Eifert||Cincinnati Bengals||Baltimore Ravens|
|18||5||Vance McDonald||Pittsburgh Steelers||Los Angeles Chargers|
|19||6||O.J. Howard||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Carolina Panthers|
|20||6||Noah Fant||Denver Broncos||Tennessee Titans|
|21||6||Geoff Swaim||Jacksonville Jaguars||New Orleans Saints|
|22||6||Dallas Goedert||Philadelphia Eagles||Minnesota Vikings|
|23||7||Rhett Ellison||New York Giants||New England Patriots|
|24||7||Josh Hill||New Orleans Saints||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|25||7||Hayden Hurst||Baltimore Ravens||Cincinnati Bengals|
Big Week 5
George Kittle looked phenomenal in the 49ers’ Monday night game against the Browns. If you watch the highlights of that game you will find Kittle fighting for every single yard, even picking up some huge first downs from shaking of tackles and gaining an extra one or two yards. In the end, he had 6 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. If he keeps this kind of production up, he could make a case for dethroning Travis Kelce as the number one projected tight end every week. The Rams serve as a decent matchup for Kittle this week. Last week, they gave up 4 receptions for 81 yards to Will Dissly, so I would expect similar kinds of numbers for him. Gerald Everett has also emerged a valuable fantasy asset. The past two weeks, he has seen increased volume with last week reaching his season-high. He caught 7 passes for 136 yards last week which is definitely towards his ceiling and those numbers will come down, but he should be the top tight end waiver wire add this week as he is owned in only 3.4% of leagues.
Is He For Real?
Darren Fells had a big game this week with two touchdowns. Deshaun Watson seems to like hitting his tight ends in the red zone as Fells has three on the year and Jordan Akins has two. This is also seen in the fact that the leading touchdown receiver from last season, DeAndre Hopkins, still doesn’t have a touchdown this year despite Deshaun Watson throwing 11 touchdowns. The one problem I have with the ownership of Fells is volume. He is very touchdown-dependant which is still hard to trust despite Watson’s high percentage of touchdowns to tight ends. This week will be a good indicator of where his value is headed in a game that should have a lot of scoring. The Chiefs’ defense is not very strong against tight ends but has only given up one touchdown. If Fells manages to score again, I would begin to consider him as a viable option.
Austin Hooper is facing the best tight end matchup possible this week. The Cardinals have allowed the most touchdowns to tight ends this year out of every team. In fact, they have averaged one touchdown a game to them, meaning the chances of Hooper finding the endzone are at an all-time high. Volume has not been an issue for Hooper this season with his lowest number of receptions being four. When he finds the endzone, he has absolutely incredible weeks which should be the case this week. Matt Ryan and Hooper will be busy this week. Greg Olsen is also set for a major week. Olsen has taken a backseat for the last two weeks with a donut last week. But this week he plays the Buccaneers… again. The Panthers have already played them in Week 2 where Olsen caught 6 passes for 110 yards. This occurred on a day when the Panthers struggled, so I expect that the Panthers will look back at this and see that it worked. I wouldn’t be surprised if Olsen gets even more action than in that game and be the difference-maker for the Panthers.
Travis Kelce might actually have a tough time this week. The Texans have only averaged 30.6 yards to opposing tight ends this season, also without allowing a touchdown. I still have Kelce ranked as number one because there is no sense in putting anyone above him, but this will definitely be more of a challenge for him. But despite Mahomes not being as effective as he previously has, Kelce’s production hasn’t taken a major hit which is a good sign of things to come. This might not be the matchup for anything crazy, but Kelce will see a huge game in the next few weeks. Evan Engram left the game last week with an injury which made Rhett Ellison the top tight end target for the Giants. Ellison hasn’t received much action this year because of Engram, but his projection has greatly risen due to his injury. Despite that increase, I would not start Ellison this week. The Patriots have the best defense in the league. Against tight ends, they have allowed just 19.8 yards per game without a single touchdown. There is no reason to rely on Ellison for any points this week.
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