The Elites

Prev. Rank Rank Name Team Tm. Snap % Targets Avg. Targets PPR PPR/G Rec Yds TD
1 1 Travis Kelce KC 88% 27 9 55.7 18.57 21 227 2
2 2 George Kittle SF 98% 5 5 9.3 9.3 4 44 0

Had it right in the pre-season. Tried to get cute the first couple of weeks and do some promoting, but these are the guys that I trust. 

    • Travis Kelce has the 11th most targets in the league and the 7th most receptions. He’s elite and in the best (ok, 4th best by the numbers, but you know what I mean) offense in football, no worries. 
    • After a minor injury and a precautionary week off, it sounds like Kittle is ready to return. 

So Close

Prev. Rank Rank Name Team Tm. Snap % Targets Avg. Targets PPR PPR/G Rec Yds TD
3 3 Darren Waller LV 91% 28 9.3 41.9 13.97 20 159 1
4 4 Mark Andrews BAL 69% 17 5.7 31.9 10.63 9 109 2
6 5 Zach Ertz PHI 91% 24 8 34 11.33 15 130 1

These 3 are bumping up against the elite tier, but I’m making the call and splitting them off from the lead dogs. 

  • Waller had his worst game in the last year with the Patriots clearly trying to remove him from the game. He’ll be fine and I did consider leaving him up in the elite tier.
  • Mark Andrews had 8 targets, but only brought in 3 of them for catches. He dropped a touchdown that would’ve saved his day and put a couple of would be tough catches on the ground. Lamar’s accuracy issues against the Chiefs were a problem for the whole offense, and I look for them to rebound against the WFT. 
  • Zach Ertz hasn’t necessarily earned this spot by his performance this year, but his track record speaks for itself. With the Goedert injury, Ertz moves up a spot and hangs around in the 2nd tier as we’ve seen what kind of numbers he can post when he’s the lone/primary TE.

Pretty…Pretty Good

Prev. Rank Rank Name Team Tm. Snap % Targets Avg. Targets PPR PPR/G Rec Yds TD
5 6 Noah Fant DEN 79% 21 7 46.4 15.47 14 184 2
7 7 Tyler Higbee LA 82% 11 3.7 43.4 14.47 10 134 3
9 8 Mike Gesicki MIA 60% 19 6.3 41.5 13.83 12 175 2
10 9 Jonnu Smith TEN 81% 20 6.7 49.1 16.37 13 181 3
11 10 Hunter Henry LAC 84% 23 7.7 36.6 12.2 16 206 0

These guys have made it clear they are going to be part of the offensive scheme, and I wouldn’t be dropping anyone in this group from your roster. 

  • Noah Fant would be in the tier above if he had a more set QB situation. He’s a stud in the making though.
  • Tyler Higbee’s total points are buoyed by his massive 3 TD week 2, but he has that kind of upside. The downside, there are a lot of options for the Rams, and he’s still splitting snaps and targets with Gerald Everett
  • I don’t love the drop in Mike Gesicki’s snap % from 73 to 55 and then down to 49% in week 3. Something to monitor, but Gesicki is clearly the receiving TE and running out of the slot a good bit when he is in there. 
  • Jonnu had 8 targets in week 3. The absence of A.J. Brown is certainly helping boost the other TEN receiving options, but until that happens, Jonnu has been 1st or 2nd in targets for the Titans every week. 
  • Hunter Henry has done nothing wrong (targets, snap %, yardage) except that he hasn’t found the end zone. While I’d normally say there’s a case for pro-(re)gression, he is still facing a potential QB swap and then probably another QB swap back to Herbert down the line. 

Best of the Rest

Prev. Rank Rank Name Team Tm. Snap % Targets Avg. Targets PPR PPR/G Rec Yds TD
15 11 T.J. Hockenson DET 71% 16 5.3 36.1 12.03 13 171 1
8 12 Evan Engram NYG 91% 20 6.7 20.6 6.87 11 96 0
13 13 Hayden Hurst ATL 69% 16 5.3 32.1 10.7 9 111 2
21 14 Dalton Schultz DAL 66% 20 6.7 32.7 10.9 14 147 1
20 15 Logan Thomas WAS 85% 24 8 27.4 9.13 12 94 1

I like all these guys for various reasons, but I also don’t trust them for various reasons. Stream them wisely and you’ll have yourself a combo TE1. 

  • Maybe there’s an argument for T.J. Hockenson to move up this list, but it’s a guy with one career game over 65 yards. Plus, that note from last week about Brandon Pettigrew
  • Evan Engram, I had much higher hopes for you, but the Judge/Garrett combo has a trash offense and clearly isn’t as favorable to the TE as the former Schurmur/Schula scheme. Still a great TE talent and he’s getting targets, but I’m pushing Engram down until he shows me something in this new offense. 
  • Hayden Hurst has back to back weeks with touchdowns, granted week 3 was 1 reception for 1 yard and a TD. However, I still think he’s a pretty solid TE in a powerful (1st half of the game) offense. Atlanta is 2nd in first half points, but 22nd in second half points this season, crazy. 
  • Schultzy (“You scared of the natives?” Go watch Letterkenny, okay back on track). Dalton has been better than expected with 16 targets in the last 2 weeks. He’s still only playing about 2/3 of the snaps though and any given week, TDs could be anywhere on this offense, but it’s a good offense.
  • Logan Thomas…Snap % check. Targets, check. Doesn’t play for the WFT, ah crap. Just not many scores for this offense. What can you say, except, at least it’s not the Jets

Signs of Life?

Prev. Rank Rank Name Team Tm. Snap % Targets Avg. Targets PPR PPR/G Rec Yds TD
16 16 Chris Herndon NYJ 75% 16 5.3 14.3 4.77 10 63 0
26 17 Jimmy Graham CHI 70% 18 6 38.3 12.77 10 103 3
22 18 Rob Gronkowski TB 80% 11 3.7 13.9 4.63 8 59 0
  • Okay, there still isn’t any sign of life for Chris Herndon, but one has to think Gase will be gone soon, right? Things can only get better then. Just let me have this, Kahale is still on the IR. 
  • Jimmy G showing signs of life with the Nick Foles swap. 6 receptions on 9 targets for 60 yards and 2 scores in week 3. Foles has shown a propensity for utilizing the TE, so, not a bad place to take a shot on a TE popping.
  • 6 for 48 isn’t exactly worth writing home about for Gronk, but maybe he’s starting to get his football legs back. Or maybe it’s just b/c they lost one of their top WRs…but either way, possible streaming option until Godwin comes back.  

The Injury Duo

Prev. Rank Rank Name Team Tm. Snap % Targets Avg. Targets PPR PPR/G Rec Yds TD
12 19 Dallas Goedert PHI 53% 18 6 32.8 10.93 13 138 1
14 20 Jared Cook NO 55% 15 5 26.4 8.8 9 114 1

Both potentially worth stashing if you have the roster spots and/or the record to support waiting on a tight end.

So, You’re Saying There’s A Chance

Prev. Rank Rank Name Team Tm. Snap % Targets Avg. Targets PPR PPR/G Rec Yds TD
25 21 Mo Alie-Cox IND 55% 11 3.7 34.1 11.37 10 181 1
17 22 Austin Hooper CLE 86% 10 3.3 13.2 4.4 7 62 0
24 23 Jordan Akins HOU 78% 12 4 29.2 9.73 11 122 1
31 24 Irv Smith Jr. MIN 59% 5 1.7 3.4 1.13 2 14 0
27 25 Greg Olsen SEA 65% 11 3.7 23.5 7.83 9 85 1

Yes, I do believe there’s a chance these guys could be useful and maybe move up from this area, but I’m not bought in yet. 

  • Mo seems to have a connection with Rivers and even with Jack Doyle back, seemed to have a role in the offense. However, he’s splitting snaps with Doyle and Noah Togiai (blocking) at the TE position, and the Colts are likely the most game script dependent offense in the NFL right now. 
  • Austin Hooper has the snap %, but that’s been about it. Yet to have more than 4 targets any game this season and with the up and down nature of the Browns, who knows when you’ll want to start Hooper. They paid him, so, still holding out some hope they figure out how to use him, but that grows dimmer each passing week. 
  • Jordan Akins is the more athletic, healthy pass catcher for the Texans, but I’m still not overly excited about him. Come on back healthy Kahale Warring
  • Irv Smith Jr. is still splitting time with Mr. Catch and Fall himself, Kyle Rudolph, for some reason. Love the talent, but outside of dynasty leagues, I’m not overly excited at his prospects in the current Vikings offense. 
  • Russel Wilson is awesome and they’re about to play the Dolphins. Seems like enough to mention G-Reg at the end of this list. Happy hunting for week 4! 

Deep leagues or keeping an eye on Robert Tonyan. TDs in back to back games. May only be an adjustment while Davante is out, but worth monitoring.

  1. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    get ready to get happy if you’re in a spot deep enough to 1. have just gotten tonyan, 2. NOT deep enough to have gotten beat to tonyan. the lizard is out too now (and this news came out of about nowhere too, GB had hidden whatever that was). did get tonyan in a 16 teamer (subs for backup to my ertz, goedert), 12 teamer (cook and goedert), 20 teamer dynasty (irv smith and everett and j.reed on IR, will probably have to drop everett at some point)

    • B_Don

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      Think Tonyan is a nice pickup, especially with Lazard missing some time.

      • Coops says:
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        The problem is that, historically speaking, Aaron Rodgers has under-utilized his tight ends to a point where there are plenty of better options. Tonyan is very talented and has the physicality, but is he a better target than Adams, Lazard, MVS, & Jones ROS when Rodgers sends 10% of targets to TEs? I don’t think so.

        • B_Don

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          Fair enough, but in 16 and 20 teamers, it’s a fine pickup. Plus, the Packers could be without Davante this game, and Lazard for more. It’s a TE outside the top 25, so, the expectations can only so high rn.

  2. CT says:
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    No love for Ebron?! He has not lived up to expectations from the preseason…yet! But being the receiving TE in an improved PIT offense makes me think he’d crack the top 25

    • B_Don

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      Have him down in what would be the next tier at 30. Still splitting snaps and targets a bit with Vance. He’ll likely make the list next week if he gets targeted similar to week 3 again. It’s a plus passing game, but also a tough situation with a lot of pass catching options for the Steelers.

  3. footsieball says:
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    12 teamer dynasty league with a decent sized bench

    need some help making a decision. have 3 tight ends: Schulz – Hooper – Ebron

    with a some injuries to both my RB/WR, I need to drop one of these TE to pick up a guy like Greg Ward.

    im losing patience with Hooper, how dumb is it to drop him for Ward and roll with Schulz and Ebron for the ROS? another q, is Tonyan a better play than Ebron? I won’t be starting either this week but this is more so a futures decision.

    • B_Don

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      In a dynasty, I wouldn’t let go of Hooper. It looks bad rn, but situations change. If you have to drop one of those TEs, I’d let go of Ebron. I don’t think I’d pick up Tonyan over Ebron just yet for dynasty. I do think Schultz is likely your play ROS until we see more out of Hooper.

  4. footsieball says:
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    12 teamer dynasty league

    Have 3 TE: Schulz, Hooper, Ebron

    Decimated by injuries to my RB/WR, thinking of picking up Ward for Hooper

    Is this dumb? Hooper has been frustrating all year and don’t see his situation improving with the Browns being run heavy. Plus OBJ and Landry need to be fed before Hooper, but then again why did they pay Hooper so much just to block?

    Other decision is dropping Ebron for Tonyan. Grabbed Ebron cuz he could emerge in that Steelers front with the injury to DJ. But now Tonyan is making thinks interesting.

    So Ward for Hooper and Tonyan for Ebron. Are these reasonable moves or should I hold pat?

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