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.
Looking for a different position? Check out the rest of the positional targets:
CREAM OF THE CROP
Rob Gronkowski ($8000) – Gronk is always a chalk play, but this week it makes even more sense. We could say to play him because he is top 2 in the league for TE targets, he sees a ton of red zone looks, plays in a high total game, and is on one of the league’s best offenses. While all that is true, we are also going to play him this week because the Giants are just as bad as the Raiders at defending the position. The Giants and Raiders are neck and neck for fantasy points allowed to the TE position and it’s no surprise that we would target the best tight end in the league in this matchup. The Pats owe the Giants for a few Super Bowl defeats, so I can see them pouring it on here. If so, Gronk could be in for a huge day.
Jordan Reed ($4700) – When it comes to the tight end position, a lot of guys have good or bad days depending on if they find the end zone. Jordan Reed is not one of those guys. He is actually second at the position in targets per game with 9 of them. He has seen double digit targets on more than one occasion and is averaging over 6 catches and 60 yards which creates a nice floor for him. He also has a great matchup against a Saints team that has been burned by the pass and allows the 6th most fantasy points to the position. We know Drew Brees will put up numbers and Cousins is likely going to need to throw in order to match him. With Reed being one of his favorite targets, I think we could see a big upside game from the Redskins TE here.
Delanie Walker ($4800) – I’m going back to the Walker well again this week after he had a huge week 9 for me. As fluky as that one TD was, it illustrates the point that he is their #1 pass catcher right now. Even without that play, he still caught a TD and would have had a big game. He is seeing 8+ balls a game and coming down with over 6 catches and 65 yards per as well. With his increased target rate in the red zone, he not only offers you the safety of the targets/catches, but also the upside of catching a TD pass. At only $4800, that’s a solid bargain for cash or tournament play.
MIDDLE OF THE PACK
Greg Olsen ($6300) – Tennessee has been tough defending TEs this year or Olsen would be in the top group today. He is actually 1 target ahead of Gronk at the Te position for the most seen this year. Despite the perception of Carolina, they are actually the only other team besides the Patriots to be hanging up at least 21 points per week. Olsen is the main target in the red zone for the team and probably the most talented pass catcher they have at any position. While his price is slightly higher than many of his peers, he is also much cheaper than Gronk who is the only other guy who has been as consistently good on a week by week basis. Olsen would need a monster game to be an upside play in tournaments, but he is safe and reliable if you can afford him in your cash lineups.
Gary Barnidge ($4800) – I know everyone hates him now that Johnny Manziel is throwing the ball in Cleveland, but Barnidge is still the best target they have down near the goal line. The 6’6″ TE was on a tear with Josh McCown, so he can not be dismissed easily. He does have a good matchup here against the team allowing the fourth most points to the position. Pittsburgh has a really bad pass defense and team’s have picked on them through the air. In what sets up as a game that should feature a pass heavy game plan, Barnidge stands to benefit most.
Tyler Eifert ($5800) – Well I was wrong on my Eifert call last week and I’m not going to chase money lost. He is again on a heavily favored team that should feature more of a run heavy offense in this one. He still is not seeing a ton of targets and while I said the high TD rate is unsustainable, it is even more so now that he added three of them last game. It’s not that Eifert is a bad play, but he is not a safe one. The targets are still a tad low and his price and scores are inflated by the TD barrage. At almost $6K, he either needs 10 catches, 100 yards, or multiple TDs to really give you upside. He has not seen enough targets to get that many catches and very few TEs have gone over 100 yards at all this season, so the TDs are going to need to be there. I’m not saying he can’t get one, but to keep thinking he scores multiple TDs a week is foolish.
REST OF THE FIELD
Kyle Rudolph ($3000) – Randolph is not seeing a ton of targets at all, but he has been used in the red zone this year. I realize he has the softest matchup we look for against a putrid Raiders TE defense, but is that all it takes to have upside? Most games he finishes with like 2 catches for 20 yards, which is still well short of value, even at $3000. I understand how bad the Raiders have been against the position, but I think it is smart to temper expectations here.
Ben Watson ($4300) – Watson has had some big games recently and has to be considered. He is very volatile and definitely not a cash game play. Still he plays in a pass happy offense with a hall of fame QB and a total of 50. He could easily see close to 10 targets as he has been recently and if he does than he has some upside here at a low price.
Martellus Bennett ($4700) – The Matchup is not great for Bennett, but I do think Chicago will find themselves throwing often in this one while trailing. The sheer volume of attempts will lead to a decent amount of targets for Bennett. No one will be on him against the Rams either, so it makes sense to use him in tournaments. He is still one of the best TE options we have in the league and finds himself near the top of every category by season’s end. Getting a guy with that track record and low ownership makes a lot of sense to me.