Jimmy Graham SEA vs New York Giants
Playing a tight end against the Giants is a little bit like taking candy from a baby at this point. New York has already allowed seven different tight ends to find the endzone in 2017, at least one in every game of the season. That’s worst of any team in the league and it gives Graham a great shot at being the top tight end play of the week. He’s rested coming off a bye week and should be ready for a lot of work.
Delanie Walker TEN vs Cleveland
It feels like Walker has been quiet this year, but the veteran leads the Titans in receptions and has been a steady option with at least three catches every week. No team in the NFL has allowed more catches to opposing tight ends than the Browns. Four different tight ends have recorded at least six catches against Cleveland, and Walker is an excellent bet to make it five this week. He’ll be Marcus Mariota’s security blanket as Mariota continues to nurse an injury.
Kyle Rudolph MIN vs Baltimore
If you want to know how good Rudolph has been this season, know that he has only two fewer catches and three fewer targets than star Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs this season. Diggs did miss a game, but that shows you how important Rudolph is to this Vikings attack, and it appears more so than ever with nine targets each of the past two weeks. Now Rudolph faces one of the worst tight end defenses in the league in Baltimore, a team that’s allowed six tight end TDs in six weeks. Besides, Rudolph plays Sunday morning in London and you need someone to root for!
Hunter Henry LAC vs Denver
Henry represents an incredible opportunity as he’s totally unranked this week despite finally starting to emerge as the sleeper tight end we’ve been waiting on for a year already. Henry played 76 and then 83% of the snaps the last two weeks, a huge step forward from splitting time evenly with Antonio Gates the first four games, and his work went up accordingly with 15 targets between the two games. Denver’s defense remains stout, but they’ve been soft against tight ends with over 10ppg allowed to opponents there. Henry is a good play this week and a great long term pickup too.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ vs Miami
Seferian-Jenkins has been rolling since coming back from suspension. He’s seen his receptions increase from 4 to 6 to 8 the last three weeks, and his targets have risen too. Seferian-Jenkins leads the Jets in targets since his return, so he’s the lead receiver on this offense. He’s also scored two touchdowns already, and that would’ve been three were it not for one of the dumbest replay overturns in recent memory against the Patriots. Miami has averaged seven catches allowed per week to opposing tight ends, second most in the league. Should be another good week for ASJ!
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