Though the NFL season still seems fresh and new, fantasy football owners know they are already a quarter of the way through their regular season. Starting 3-0 or 2-1 puts you in a nice spot moving forward, but there is no guarantee you make the playoffs. You need any possible edge you can find, and one place you can gain an edge this week is at tight end.
Throughout the preseason, fantasy analysts encouraged you to grab one of the top three options at the position — Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz or George Kittle. Three weeks in, we are seeing other players step into the limelight.
Darren Waller is no longer a dart throw. He has garnered 29 targets which he has turned into 26 catches for 267 yards. Though he has yet to score a touchdown, he remains one of the position’s top plays. He has nine more receptions than Kelce, so their differential of 17 yards and one touchdown are actually negated. If he is available in your league, he is a must-add.
Through three weeks of play, the Cardinals have allowed 318 yards and four touchdowns to the three primary tight ends they have faced. Rookie T.J. Hockenson torched them in his first game and hasn’t done anything since. Mark Andrews victimized them in Week 2, and grizzled veteran Greg Olsen scored twice Sunday. Tracking which tight end is facing the Cardinals each week is highly recommended. Seattle’s Will Dissly faces them this week, then Tyler Eifert of the Bengals in Week 5.
While we’re planning ahead, should someone else in your league catch onto the targeting of Arizona, you have a couple of tight ends who will be solid performers when they return in Week 5.
Jets tight end Chris Herndon will be returning from suspension at roughly the same time as Sam Darnold is cleared of mono, and the two of them have had a strong connection dating back to last season.
Benjamin Watson is also returning from suspension in Week 5 for his second tour of duty with the Patriots. With Antonio Brown gone and still no viable replacement for Rob Gronkowski, Watson should be an intriguing option. He’s so off-the-radar right now, you can get him for next to nothing.
The position isn’t glamorous but it offers you the edge you need in fantasy. While the rest of your league is searching for that deep-dive who will never even crack their starting lineup, you’ve prepared your team well and now have viable options to use.
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