This is a list of the top Tight End targets for NFL games based on potential production and price. The players are split into three tiers based on likelihood of success. Remember that these rankings take potential production and price into account, so some guys may be higher up on the list despite having a lower projected score for the week if the price point is favorable. Here are some TE options to consider.
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CREAM OF THE CROP
Rob Gronkowski ($7700) – Every week I have Gronk near the top and every week Gronk at least makes a couple of plays. e has the highest floor and the highest ceiling of any player at the position on a weekly basis. He has 100 yards receiving in 5 of his 9 games so far this year and has scored 8 touchdowns in those games as well. He is averaging over 5 catches per game on 8+ targets and had 7 for 113 and a score in the first matchup with this Buffalo defense. The Pats lost Edelman and Lewis who were the other two most targeted pass catchers on this team, which only means more looks for Gronk. He is not cheap relative to his positional peers, but he is cheap based on the production when compared to some WR and RB options at the same price tag.
Antonio Gates ($4800) – Gates has only played four games, yet is averaging a league high 10.8 targets per game for the position. He is averaging 7 catches for 72 yards and is still under $5K. His lowest fantasy output all season has been a 9.6 and his average is up above 18. SD is the underdog in this one, so they should be trailing and throwing late. With Keenan Allen out and Malcolm Floyd banged up, the targets are likely to fall on guys like Gates, Woodhead, Stevie Johnson, and even Dontrelle Inman. A few extra targets for a guy like gates could be very beneficial. Especially with his price so cheap.
Greg Olsen ($6200) – Olsen has actually seen the most targets at the TE position in the NFL this season. He has been consistently doing quite a bit with those targets too. He is averaging over 16 fantasy points per game and has reached that mark in 4 of his last 5. He is seeing over 8 targets per game and converting them into an average of 5 catches for 74 yards. He is also one of the best red zone threats that the undefeated Carolina Panthers have. The fear with him is that Cam or Stewart vulture the touchdowns, but the catches and yards he racks up provide a safe enough floor. While Carolina is not considered a high powered offense, they are the putting up over 20 points a gae every week, so there is enough scoring to support a few plays and Olsen is one of the higher usage guys they have.
MIDDLE OF THE PACK
Eric Ebron ($3500) – The obvious reason Ebron is so high on this list is the horrible Oakland TE defense he faces today. We have seen some TEs struggle even in this good matchup though, so we need more. Ebron is seeing 6 targets or more per game and coming down with about 4 catches for 45 yards. He is the underdog in this game as well, which likely means some chances for garbage time points too. He is also a big red zone threat as we have seen Stafford find him for a few TDs already this year. Calvin Johnson draws a lot of safety help over the top, which has left room down the seems for Ebron to operate. He is fast for a TE and has been able to get behind the linebackers on more than one occasion. He will likely be higher owned than expected due to the matchup, but there is merit to playing him here either way.
Charles Clay ($4000) – Clay has disappointed a few times in recent weeks, but should be able to get back on track here against the Patriots. It is not that the Pat’s are not good defending TEs, but the game plan looks to be in his favor. Buffalo will likely have to pass often as they did in the first matchup. With Harvin out and Watkins the likely guy they game plan against, Clay should have more room to operate. We have seen him with double digit catch games already and his connection with Tyrod is undeniable. Clay’s price is the real kicker here. At only 4 K, we need about 15 points out of him to feel happy. If he has a 7 catch 80 yard game or a 5 catch 40 yard game with a TD, we can get there. Neither of those things are something he has not done already this season.
Jacob Tamme ($3600) – Jacob Tamme is always cheap and always overlooked, but he should not be with the number of targets he is getting lately. He has seen 43 passes come his way in the last 5 weeks and three times has seen double digit targets over that stretch. He is the second most targeted pass catcher for the Falcons in recent weeks and his production has well exceeded the price tag he is sitting at. He has games of 17, 29, and 13 fantasy points over this run and all of those are great returns for a guy you can get for $3600. Atlanta is expected to put up some points and win this game, so I would expect to see Tamme have a double digit fantasy score that could reach 4 times value if he can find the end zone.
REST OF THE FIELD
Jordan Reed ($4900) – The Matchup here is tough against a stingy Carolina defense, but Reed is still a guy to look at. When he is healthy, he sees a ton of targets and that is useful in cash and tournament play. His price remains below $5K and he really needs about 15-20 fantasy points in order to pay that off. He is averaging 16 fantasy points per game and only failed to reach double digits in one of his starts this year. That safety and volume is why we love his floor against any defense. He is actually tied with Rob Gronkowski for targets per game and he comes at a massive discount to Gronk. The matchup keeps him lower on the list, but no one would be shocked if he was one of the top producers any week of the season.
Crockett Gillmore ($3300) – Gillmore is no longer under $3K, which honestly is a bad situation. With no Steve Smith he is going to have an uptick in targets, but he still is not seeing a ton of them. What he does do well is get open in the red zone and that is why he makes a solid tournament play here. There is a lot of risk in using him, which is why I can not give a stamp of approval for cash games. He faces a tough St. Louis defense and he does not see a ton of volume, but what he does have is the ability to catch a touchdown pass at a very low price. If he gets in the endzone and has 4 catches for 40 yards then he is a superb start. That is not asking a lot for a guy who plays as many snaps as he does.