Week ten was another interesting week for tight ends. Jimmy Graham and Julius Thomas showed why they are always priced among the elite at the position, but some other reliable tight ends — Martellus Bennett and Delaine Walker — did little. Overall, the position did not fare very week for the week; there were a few big games and a lot in the 5-12 fantasy-point range. Let’s hope that our tight ends produce more in week 11.
Points per Game
|Rob Gronkowski||New England||$7,900||@ Indianapolis||26th||19.1||28.5|
|Jimmy Graham||New Orleans||$7,700||vs Cincinnati||29th||17.7||29.6|
|Julius Thomas||Denver||$6.400||@ St. Louis||9th||17.3||24.3|
|Martellus Bennett||Chicago||$5,600||vs Minnesota||6th||15.6||6.5|
|Greg Olsen||Carolina||$5,100||vs Atlanta||5th||15.3||20.9|
Rob Gronkowski, New England, $7,900 — Sure, that is a lot to pay for a tight end, yet Gronkowski is well worth it. He is healthy now, will be coming off of his bye week, and is facing a team that has struggled against tight ends. As an added bonus, the game will be in prime time which will provide a little extra motivation for Gronkowski. Even at that price, I am a big fan of “the Gronk” this week.
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans, $7,700 — According to Graham his shoulder is still causing him considerable pain — he reportedly told the broadcast crew for Sunday’s game that he could not sleep more than four hours a night due to the pain. You would not be able to tell there was a problem by watching him play; Graham looks like the beast he has been when healthy. He is a slight risk, but there is considerable reward. You cannot go wrong with either Graham or Gronkowski this week even at those prices.
Julius Thomas, Denver, $6,400 — There is a big price-drop from the top-two tight ends to Thomas. Thomas does have a considerably tougher matchup than Gronkowski and Graham, but it is not like he is facing an elite defense against the position. If you just cannot afford $7,500+ for a tight end, yet still want an elite option, Thomas is a good selection for week 11.
Martellus Bennett, Chicago $5,600 — Bennett played through a rib injury against Green Bay. While he did not seem to be limited, he also did not do much in the blow-out loss. The ribs probably will not be an issue this week, but Bennett’s matchup is not favorable, and it is tough to trust the Bears passing game right now. I would not advise using Bennett this week.
Greg Olsen, Carolina, $5,100 — I think I issue this reminder each week: the Atlanta defense has a better “paper” ranking against tight ends than their actual efficacy against the position. Atlanta has played a lot of teams with weak tight ends. In other words, Olsen is a nice play given his price this week.
Middle Priced TE
Points per Game
|Antonio Gates||San Diego||$5,000||vs Oakland||14th||14.8||5.8|
|Dwayne Allen||Indianapolis||$4,200||vs New England||22nd||11.7||14.8|
|Travis Kelce||Kansas City||$4,000||vs Seattle||25th||11.3||3.9|
|Delaine Walker||Tennessee||$3,800||vs Pittsburgh||21st||12.9||6.7|
|Kyle Rudolph||Minnesota||$3,600||@ Chicago||32nd||8.5||5.7|
Antonio Gates, San Diego, $5,000 — Generally, I am not a positive person, but this week I seem to be liking a whole lot of tight ends. Add Gates to my like this week list. He has a nice price, a decent matchup, and is coming off his bye week. Really, you cannot go wrong starting someone against the Oakland defense as a general rule.
Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis, $4,200 — Coby Fleener actually costs more than Allen this week for some reason. Of the two Colts tight ends, I like Allen more. While they do have a nice matchup, it is very tough to trust either when both are healthy. I am avoiding the Colts tight ends this week.
Travis Kelce, Kansas City, $4,000 — Do not read too much into Kelce’s poor game last week, he was facing a very tough defense against tight ends. A tough D against the position is not an issue this week as Seattle ranks 25th against tight ends this season. Kelce is a much better option, for a lower price, than either of the Colts tight ends.
Delaine Walker, Tennessee, $3,800 — Listing Walker is more of a warning than anything else. He left his game Sunday due to a concussion. We will not know as of the posting of this column if he will play. Given the risk with a guy coming off of a concussion, I would look elsewhere for a tight end this week.
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota, $3,600 — We probably will not know if Rudolph will play until late in the week. He did return to practice last week so it seems likely he will play. If he is active he is a nice play. The Bears have been the worst team against tight ends this season and just allowed Green Bay’s tight ends to catch two touchdowns.
Points per Game
|Jared Cook||St. Louis||$3,500||vs Denver||30th||8.9||16.4|
|Austin Seferian-Jenkins||Tampa Bay||$3,500||@ Washington||23rd||7.0||14.0|
|Jordan Reed||Washington||$3,300||vs Tampa Bay||19th||8.5||2.7|
|Mychal Rivera||Oakland||$3,100||@ San Diego||2nd||8.8||18.4|
|Vernon Davis||San Francisco||$3,000||@ New York Giants||24th||6.6||1.8|
Jared Cook, St. Louis, $3,500 — Cook is averaging 10.3 fantasy-points in home games this season, plus Denver has been bad against opposing tight ends — they rank 30th against the position. Cook is not a sure thing, but there is some nice potential given his matchup and price this week.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay, $3,500 — The return of Josh McCown looks like it will be a good thing for Seferian-Jenkins. Seferian-Jenkins was targeted nine times against Atlanta. This week faces a Washing defense that ranks 23rd against tight ends this season; Seferian-Jenkins is a nice play if you are looking for a cheap tight end.
Jordan Reed, Washington, $3,300 — Reed is one of two tight ends I just have a “feeling” about this week. If you want more to warrant starting Reed consider that he is averaging 8.5 fantasy-points per game, and Tampa Bay has been below average against tight ends this year.
Mychal Rivera, Oakland, $3,100 — Rivera is running a close second to Travis Kelce on my tight end stalking list. What can I say? I am cheap, and I like finding bargains, which Rivera is again. This price can be justified since San Diego has been tough against tight ends this season. The Chargers also have not had a very challenging schedule in terms of opposing tight ends faced. Rivera is a risk, but well worth the risk given his price.
Vernon Davis, San Francisco, $3,000 — Initially, Davis was going to be my other “gut” call this week, but I just cannot do it. Sure, he has a nice matchup, and you cannot find a cheaper tight end. The issue is he has only scored 25.5 points total the last six week — an average of 4.25 fantasy-points per game. Once again, I am warning against falling into the former stud at a great price trap.
That is our look at tight ends for week 11. You can catch me on Twitter @STCDub.