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
Delanie Walker ($5600) – Walker does not have an ideal matchup against a solid Jets defense, but he has been the best tight end in the league over the last few weeks. He is a huge part of the Tennessee passing game and will need to be if they want to beat the Jets. Walker has only had two games all season where he failed to score 12.2 fantasy points or more. He has seen 20 or more fantasy points in 3 of the last five as well and is averaging about 20 per game over that stretch. Since being injured earlier in the season, he has played 10 straight games with 83 targets, 64 catches, and 750 yards receiving. That makes him a safe play for cash and a guy with tournament upside. Despite the tough matchup, he is still a guy you can roll out.
Tyler Eifert ($5600) – Eifert is a big time tournament play this week, but not someone I would use in cash. He missed last week’s game, so his ownership should remain down based on that alone. Pittsburgh has a very solid run D, so teams tend to attack them through the air. They also give up the fifth most fantasy points to the TE position, so the matchup favors him as well. Eifert is very touchdown dependent, which is why I prefer him as a GPP play only. He has already scored 12 TDs this year and is a big red zone target for the Bengals. Those 12 TDs are over 25% of his total 46 passes caught this year, so if he fails to reach the end zone, it is very unlikely he reaches value.
Scott Chandler ($3800) – This one hinges on Gronk being out. Chandler is too cheap for a guy who sees a ton of snaps and will get some targets IF GRONK IS OUT. Chandler saw 11 and 7 targets in the last two weeks, so he is right up there as a starter with some of the most highly targeted options at the position. He is no longer the minimum price, but $3800 is very fair for a guy who has averaged 9 targets in the last two games since being the main option. Chandler plays a lot of snaps and sees a lot of passes, so he should be able to reach value even if he does not find the end zone. If he does, you have a player with upside at a very reasonable price.
MIDDLE OF THE PACK
Greg Olsen ($6900) – The price is the only reason Olsen is not on the top line. At $6900, he is reaching the territory where he is almost unplayable. He needs to have a monster game at that price to reach value. He has averaged 16 points per game. He has scored at least 12 in 9 of his 12 starts. He is the most targeted TE in all of football right now. Yet he has only reached 3 points per thousand at this price on 3 occasions and only reached 4 points twice in his 12 games this year. Those numbers do not exactly scream upside or even safety for a cash game. Sure he is likely to score 12-18 points as he has done in most of the other games, but at a price of $6.9K, is that really worth it? Unless Olsen has a huge game, you can probably take a much cheaper route and still get approximately the same return if you choose the right guy.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins ($2700) – If you need a punt play this week, Jenkins is the guy I would look for. He faces a Saints defense that has been the worst against tight ends as far as fantasy points allowed. The total on that game is the highest on the day and Jenkins team is expected to score the most points. He made his reappearance after missing much of the season with an injury. He saw a decent number of snaps in his first game back and that number should rise along with his targets. He saw 6 targets in that game and is in line for more in a high paced and expectedly high scoring matchup this weekend. At $2700 you do not need a lot for him to reach value and if he adds a TD, he will be a huge upside play as well.
Antonio Gates ($4600) – Gates is a guy who is always in play. He is averaging just shy of ten targets per game which is the highest average among all tight ends. If he did not miss the first four games due to suspension, he would likely lead the league in targets at the position. Gates is a red zone threat, a target monster, and someone who profiles well here. KC likes to blitz and is good on the outside, so Gates will need to be an outlet for rivers when he sees pressure. He has scored 11 and 23 fantasy points in the last two weeks, so there is no reason to think he will not perform here. Rivers loves to sling it around and Gates is still one of his most heavily targeted pass catchers. $4600 is a fair price too, so he has safety and upside at that number.
REST OF THE FIELD
Jordan Reed ($5100) – Reed did not have a good game last weekend and does not have an easy matchup here either. He is still a top 5 targeted tight end on an average targets per game basis, so you have to respect his upside. Reed has scored 10 or more fantasy points in 7 of his 10 starts. He has scored over 14 in 6 of those as well. That gives him a solid track record of reaching value and having upside. His price is climbing, so it is not as safe as it once was, but he still not an expensive option given his skill set and market share.
Julius Thomas ($4200) – After being a big part of the offense for two straight weeks, he took a back seat to Allen Robinson on Sunday. He did still manage to salvage his day with a late TD catch, which now gives him one three weeks in a row. Thomas is still going to be a big part of that offense moving forward. I expect him to be closer to 8-10 targets this week and that could translate into a solid return. If he finds the end zone for a fourth week in a row, then he could put up a huge score for a very salary friendly price of only $4200.