I love any and all samples. The guy hawking his CD at the mall? Sure, why not. I’ll take a listen. The chocolate tray in front of See’s? Is that a rhetorical question? I rarely buy anything at that time, though. But when I go to Costco? They do such a wonderful job of presentation and location that I’ve actually purchased the goods from time to time. With so much carnage happening in Week Two of the NFL season, our eyes got a sample of many of the replacements, particularly at the tight end position. Below, I will go over four tight ends who moved up the depth chart due to injury. Take a look at the samples and see if purchasing is the right thing to do.

Blake Jarwin of the Dallas Cowboys tore his ACL in Week One. This one brought tears to my eyes, as he was one of my favorite late-round tight ends. The next man up was Dalton Schultz. All he did in Week Two was haul in 9 of 10 targets for 88 yards and a touchdown. Schultz is 24 years old, 6′ 5″, and 244 pounds. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2018 draft out of Stanford. Prior to this year, he had played a total of 27 games and started seven. He caught 13 passes on 18 targets for 122 yards. He runs a 4.76 40-yard dash and has an excellent 11.40 agility score according to Player Profiler, which puts him in the 74th percentile. The situation is a juicy one, as defenses have to contend with Ezekiel Elliot, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb, so he will be free to roam the belly of defenses. Last season, Dak targeted the tight end position a total of 126 times, with Jason Witten garnering 83 of those. In addition, with injuries to the Cowboys offensive line, shorter targets to Schultz could be more in the offering. The negative is that he’s lower on the totem pole for targets, so production could be volatile week-to-week. 

Jack Doyle of the Indianapolis Colts did not play on Sunday due to knee and ankle injuries. It is not known when he was injured, but he did not practice the whole week. Enter Mo Alie-Cox, who is 27 years old, 6′ 5″, and 267 pounds. On Sunday, he led the Colts in receiving with 5 receptions on 6 targets for 111 yards. As I’m sure you’ve heard a million times before, he played college basektball at VCU. He was signed by the Colts in 2017, after not being drafted or playing organized football since high school. He runs a 4.8 40-yard dash and grades out well in speed score (61st percentile), burst score (79th percentile), and catch radius (73rd percentile). Prior to 2020, he had played a total of 27 games and started three, catching 15 passes on 24 targets for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Last season, the Colts targeted the tight end position 141 times, with Doyle leading the group with 72. Rivers didn’t target tight ends much the last two season (98 and 74), but he threw to the tight ends 148 times in 2016, 2015, and 2013. The offensive line is a strength for the Colts, so Alie-Cox won’t be asked to stay in and block often. As long as Doyle is out of action, Alie-Cox is a viable option.

George Kittle sprained the MCL in his left knee during Week One’s game. As a result, Jordan Reed caught 7 passes on 8 targets for 50 yards and 2 touchdowns. I’m curious to see the snap count data but it’s not out as of this writing. Adam Schefter wrote on Sunday night that Kittle could return in Week 3, so this could just be a quickie, but the situation is still murky. In 2015, Reed caught 87 passes on 114 targets for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns, so he’s a baller when healthy. And therein lies the issue, as injuries have crippled him over the years. 

YEAR INJURY GAMES MISSED
2019 Concussion 16
2018 Toe Sprain and Fracture 3
2017 Hamstring tear, Chest bruise, and Toe fracture 10
2016 Shoulder separation and Concussion 4
2015 MCL sprain, Concussion, Leg strain, Hamstring pull, and Knee strain 2
2014 Hamstring strain and Thumb sprain 5
2013 Concussion and Thigh bruise 7

The 49ers have been hit hard with injuries, so the receiving corp is battered and bruised. In addition, Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a high ankle sprain, with Nick Mullens relieving him. If both Kittle and Mullens miss time, Reed could become the alpha. If…if….if. Reports all offseason were glowing about Reed, but the injury history cannot be understated. With that said, the upside is immense.

C. J. Uzomah tore his Achilles on Thursday night. In came Drew Samplewho ended up catching 7 receptions on 9 targets for 45 yards. Sample is 24 years old, 6′ 5″, and 258 pounds. He was selected in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He runs a 4.71 40-yard dash and has impressive speed score (78th percentile), agility score (68th percentile), and catch radius (71st percentile). He was second, behind A. J. Green’s 13 targets, on Thursday night, and could become a favorite of Joe Burrow going forward. The offensive line is, well, offensive, so those shorter routes could become a priority. Now, the Bengals aren’t going to throw the ball 61 times like they did against Cleveland, but they are passing 66.45% of the time, good for seventh in the league. 

My favorite out of the group is Sample, as I believe in Burrow, the Bengals will be throwing plenty, and he could be high on the target totem pole. 

  1. waffles says:
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    good stuff son

    if i’m winning my matchup 147.34 to 147.18 currently, my opponent is finished, and i have Saints D @ las vegas tonight, should i bench the D to avoid risk of negative points? the opposite risk would be if theres a stat correction against my favor or if i need the extra points for a tie breaker at the end of the year. what do you think? thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks, waffles!

      I wouldn’t get cute and just lock up the W

  2. miles proudfoot says:
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    Son! Good to see you on the football side. I’m missing fantasy hoops but what a relief to have the real thing back.

    I’m relatively new to football. How would you rank the following QBs?
    Brady, Tannehill, Goff, Burrow, Herbert

    Flex spot (half PPR)?
    Reagor, Henderson, Preston Williams, Mattison, tate, harry

    Thank you!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m everywhere!!!!

      With you on hoops. It will likely be a quick turnaround for next season, so get your popcorn ready.

      As for the QBs, Herbert would be the last for sure. The rest would depend on matchups. I’d go Brady, Goff, Tammy, then Burrow

      Preston for me

  3. hamtime says:
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    Sup son! 14m 0.5 ppr

    1. Would you burn a #1 waiver to secure any of the following: Davis, Henderson, freeman, Lewis? Looking for a ROS kinda pickup

    Who would you drop among: tre’quan , Curtis Samuel, Kirk (are any holds?)

    2. Would you drop any of the above for tribusky or cousins Herbert? Looking for a 2nd QB but wire is thin

    3. Ridley or cooper ROS

    4. What’s your strategy for choosing kickers

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sup hamtime!

      I don’t think I would. None of those guys seem like league winners to me

      I like all the receivers listed

      I think Cousins turns it around, especially since the D is likely to be bad all year long. He’s the one I’d want

      I like both. Would side with cooper

      As for kickers, I just go with teams with good offenses, playing indoors, and are on Vegas favorites

  4. JC says:
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    What’s good SON? Besides my team lol. Off to a fortunate start with two close wins in my 12 team, h2h, standard scoring league. We only play 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 Flex, 1 Def, 1 K. Tempted to drop Cohen as I doubt he ever cracks my lineup. Thoughts on that and other changes?

    WW: M Davis, D Freeman, D Henderson, Shenault, Gesicki.

    Team:
    Dak
    Cook, Taylor
    Julio, Golladay
    Montgomery
    Higbee
    Pats
    Myers
    Bench: Cohen, Mattison, Kelley, AJ Green, Lazard, Slayton.

    Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sup JC!

      Agreed. I’d scoop up Davis. I’d also swap Shenault for Lazard

      • JC says:
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        Sounds good. Additional “what ifs” below:

        1. If I am unsuccessful in getting Davis, would you drop Cohen for Freeman, Henderson or Shenault?

        Or would you swap out two guys?

        2. Drop Cohen and Lazard for Shenault and ???

        • Son

          Son says:
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          If you don’t get Davis, I’d drop Cohen and Lazard and scoop up Shenault and Gesecki

  5. hamtime says:
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    1. With freeman officially signing with NY, is he the top add with a #1 waiver or do you still go w Henderson or Mike Davis ? looking for ROS value and thinking of dropping Kirk or Samuel

    2. Is aiyuk better than Samuel or Kirk? I dropped him for tre’quan last week but can try to get him back

    • Son

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      None of those guys are league winners to me. Henderson is third behind brown and Akers when they are healthy. Davis is the guy but cmc back in 4-6 weeks. Plus, Panthers will likely go pass heavy. Freeman is meh to me and there’s no guarantee he gets all the touches.

      I’d rather have Kirk and Samuel

  6. hamtime says:
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    14m w cooper, julio, and hollywood as starting WRs (preston and trequan on bench). only have stafford as QB.

    Would you give up cooper to get cam?

    • Son

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      Negative. Just stream the position on Stafford’s bye week or when you don’t wanna start him

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