Most tight end recommendation lists are going to include Rob Gronkowski, but this week there is reason for added optimism. Despite the Broncos defenses' gaudy numbers, they are actually very susceptible to tight ends, allowing the third most fantasy points per game to the position. The Patriots have had only marginal success running the ball, so they are certain to make Gronkowski the focal point of their offensive game plan heading into Sunday night. Expect a big target number for Gronkowski and a corresponding fantasy point total.
In contrast to Rob Gronkowski's matchup, the San Francisco 49ers are actually the second best defense at limiting tight end's fantasy points. I'm pretty sure we've found the only thing that the 49ers do well. Anyway, while it is a tough matchup on paper, Evan Engram has transformed himself into the focal point of the entire Giants offense. Excluding a no show against the Chargers, Engram is averaging over 8 targets, just under 5 catches and 60 yards per game. The complete lack of wide receiver talent has led to Engram commanding the majority of the targets and red zone opportunities in the passing game. Considering the 49ers have allowed a touchdown to a tight end in three straight games, look for Engram to continue to dominate the Giants pass play on his way to a big day.
Delanie Walker is one of the more consistent pass catchers at the position, but injuries have limited his effectiveness and upside. However, it looks like both Walker and Marcus Mariota are getting healthier, and that has Walker's fantasy outputs trending in the right direction. The Bengals have a top 5 pass defense and have allowed the 10th fewest fantasy points to tight ends, but allow the 4th highest reception rate to the position. That means if Walker receives targets, he will likely tally catches. With few trusted options in the Titans passing game, bet on him getting the opportunities and having a top half TE1 fantasy day.
With Zach Ertz, Travis Kelce, and Jared Cook on byes, the tight end position is especially thin this week. Therefore, the more consistent the option, the better. That leads us to Jack Doyle, who has actually been fantasy's number one tight end over the past four weeks despite residing in the fantasy hell that is Indianapolis' offense. The Steelers are one of the tougher matchups; they allow the second fewest passing yards and the ninth fewest fantasy points to tight ends. But Doyle has been a target monster, and Indianapolis will most likely be playing catch up all day. Expect Doyle to post a good number in another Colts loss.
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