Week seven of fantasy football has arrived and is nearing the halfway point of the NFL season and halfway until a fantasy football winner will be crowned in your fantasy league! Check out the fantasy football section of the website to find statistics, rankings, projections, and more analysis articles like this one. Don’t forget to look at the start/sit tool to know who should lead your team each week of the fantasy football season. Below, I will be ranking tight ends for fantasy football in week seven. Last week was a weird week of fantasy for tight ends and was led by Anthony Firksker of the Tennessee Titans for 25.3 fantasy points.
|Rank||Name||Average Fantasy Points||Week 6 Fantasy Points||Week 7 Opponent||Week 7 Fantasy Projection|
|1||Travis Kelce||18.7||21.5||@ Denver Broncos||22|
|2||Darren Waller||14.7||BYE||vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers||21.5|
|3||George Kittle||20.4||23.9||@ New England Patriots||20|
|4||Jonnu Smith||14.5||2.3||vs. Pittsburgh Steelers||16.5|
|5||Jimmy Graham||11.1||8.4||@ Los Angeles Rams||15.5|
|6||Hunter Henry||11||BYE||vs. Jacksonville Jaguars||13|
|7||T.J Hockenson||11.3||9.7||@ Atlanta Falcons||12|
|8||Robert Tonyan||13.2||5.5||@ Houston Texans||11.5|
|9||Noah Fant||13.7||OUT||vs. Kansas City Chiefs||11|
|10||Dalton Schultz||9.8||7.5||@ Washington Football Team||10|
|11||Tyler Higbee||10||8.6||vs. Chicago Bears||9.5|
|12||Jared Cook||9.9||BYE||vs. Carolina Panthers||9|
|13||Hayden Hurst||10||15.7||vs. Detroit Lions||8.5|
|14||Darren Fells||8.8||20.5||vs. Green Bay Packers||8|
|15||Austin Hooper||8.1||10.2||@ Cincinnati Bengals||7.5|
|16||Rob Gronkowski||7.5||18.8||@ Las Vegas Raiders||7|
|17||Logan Thomas||7.3||13.2||vs. Dallas Cowboys||6.5|
|18||Evan Engram||7.4||5||@ Philadelphia Eagles||6|
|19||Eric Ebron||7.3||2.9||@ Tennessee Titans||5.5|
|20||Jordan Akins||9.2||0||vs. Green Bay Packers||5|
Travis Kelce is continuing to dominate fantasy tight end rankings, putting up 21.5 points last week against a hard-fought Buffalo Bills game. He put up two touchdowns and was the key element to the Chiefs’ scoring offense. He has averaged an incredible 18.7 fantasy points this year and is one of the most targeted tight ends in the league. I think he will remain amongst the top next week against the Denver Broncos defense that is without star Von Miller to help cover him.
Darren Waller is coming off a bye week and will face off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week seven. Waller is the most targeted tight end in fantasy and the largest part of the Raiders’ passing scheme. He has averaged 14.7 points this season, which is a little lower due to the fact that he had a 2.9 point game against New England. However, every other game for him this season has been in the double digits, and I expect that to be the case again for week seven.
George Kittle is the reckless hard-hitting monster that he continues to be on this San Francisco 49er offense. After struggling with injury, he has returned in a mighty way for his fantasy owners. Last week, he closed in close to 24 fantasy points after putting up 40 points in his return two weeks ago. Kittle has the highest average of fantasy points for tight ends this season with 20.4 points, but his matchup against the Patriots defense may force him to fall off of that mark a bit in week seven.
Jonnu Smith had a seriously disappointing week last week with only 2.3 fantasy points. His involvement was worth noting since the Titans put up 42 points last week against the Texans. But, he should make his way back to his normal 14.5 fantasy point average next week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jimmy Graham has been the most surprising fantasy football positive this season amongst tight ends on the Chicago Bears. He is a large part of their offense, especially in the red zone. He has averaged 11.1 fantasy points this season but has had three games over 10 points. I have a feeling he is going to be a big part of next week’s game for the Bears since the Rams have a deep secondary and their wide receivers may struggle. Look for Graham to have a fantasy week near the top ten after only putting up 8.4 points last week.
Tight End Streamers
This week in fantasy football there are some significant tight ends out on bye weeks. Mark Andrews, Mike Gisecki, Kyle Rudolph, Mo-Allie Cox, Trey Burton, and Jack Doyle are all out on bye weeks. These tight ends are hardly owned in ESPN leagues and can be solid replacements next week for those on bye or who are dealing with injuries.
Logan Thomas is only rostered in 10% of ESPN leagues and that value should be higher. He averages near 7.3 fantasy points per game and has had over 13 fantasy points in two games this season. He is a heavy favorite for receiving in Washington where there are limited skill players, and he has filled in nicely on their team. I have him ranked 17th on the rankings for next week and he should be a solid replacement with boom potential next week.
Darren Fells is only rostered in 5% on fantasy football leagues on ESPN and he is ranked 14th on my rankings for next week. After having a solid outing last week, he has averaged around 16.5 fantasy points in the last two weeks. He has had three double-digit weeks this season and would be a solid streamer for week seven against Green Bay. Look for Fells to be an active TE1 streamer for anyone needing a replacement tight end in fantasy next week.
Evan Engram has not been playing to his best this season with a struggling New York Giants offense. He has averaged 7.4 fantasy points and is rostered in 91% of leagues. He has failed to get into the end zone this season while continuing to be healthy in every game. Next week the Giants play the Philadelphia Eagles, who have allowed the fourth least amount of fantasy points to tight ends this season. I know their defense is not outstanding, but their allowance to tight ends plus his slump pushes me to say he needs to be on the bench.
Dalton Schultz has struggled in the last two weeks after coming out of the season with two games over 15 fantasy points. He has averaged 4.5 fantasy points over the last two weeks without Dak Prescott and I fear it may continue that way. Next week, the Cowboys play against division rival Washington, who has allowed the fifth least amount of fantasy points to tight ends this season. His slump and defensive challenge replicate a possible decline in points for Schultz but should remain a starter.
Robert Tonyan and the Packers’ offense struggled a lot last week against the Tampa Bay defense. The offense as a whole only scored 10 points in a grueling night of limited offensive play for the Packers. Robert Tonyan only put up 5.5 fantasy points last week after coming off of a bye week. Before the by week, he averaged 20.1 fantasy points and recorded five touchdowns in three weeks. He should go back to that level of play next week against the Houston Texans to remain a valuable TE1.
Jonnu Smith was also quiet for the Titans last week, while teammate Anthony Firkser went off for the Titans tight ends. There is certainly a lot of tight ends and receiving company in Tennesee, but Jonnu has proven to be a valuable member of this offense. He sadly only put up 2.3 fantasy points last week, but the matchup against the Steelers should help him draw in check down flat routes from Tannehill in this tough matchup.
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