Fantasy Football Tight Ends in the News: (August 19, 2019)

Josh Allen Buffalo Bills
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Tommy Sweeney TE (BUF)

Tommy Sweeney Catching on to pro game: Sweeney hauled in both of his targets for 47 yards during Friday's preseason win over the Panthers.

Fantasy impact: The rookie seventh-rounder reportedly had a good week of joint practices with the Panthers and has been making a good impression in quarterback Josh Allen and the coaching staff. "Tommy has been fantastic," Allen told the Bills' official site. "He's answered when his number has been called. Obviously he's been forced into a lot of action with the ones. He's made some big plays for us already ... So I really appreciated what he's been doing and the results are showing." Sweeney is still behind several others on the depth chart, but with a banged-up crew ahead of him he's starting to cement a roster spot, and could be needed for a bigger role should injuries linger into the regular season.

Sweeney isn't currently being drafted in fantasy drafts right now.

Irv Smith Jr. TE (MIN)

Irv Smith Jr. Hits paydirt Sunday: Smith Jr. caught all five of his targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's preseason win over the Seahawks.

Our take: Smith Jr. continued to rack up short little gains, but managed to get into the endzone for the first time this preseason. The second-round saw most of his snaps with the second unit, and that figures to be his role early on behind stalwart Kyle Rudolph . Smith Jr. -- who is projected to be a better offensive option than Rudolph -- was praised for his run-blocking improvement earlier this week, so a potential changing of the guard could happen if he keeps that up. The rookie will look to build on this performance during Saturday's preseason tilt against Arizona.

Smith Jr. isn't currently being drafted in fantasy drafts right now.

Kyle Rudolph TE (MIN)

Kyle Rudolph One catch Sunday: Rudolph caught his lone target for 11 yards in Sunday's preseason win over the Seahawks.

Fantasy impact: Rudolph was out there with the first-team offense for the second week in a row, so he should still be considered the starting tight end even with second-round pick Irv Smith Jr. (five catches for 28 yards and a touchdown) breathing down his neck. The veteran tight end's run-blocking ability may be what preserves his regular role, as he isn't much of a downfield threat in today's age of athletic tight ends.

It's possible to track the change in Kyle Rudolph's fantasy value over time by looking at where he's drafted. According to the latest PPR average draft position data, he's being drafted in at the 13.07 spot.

Watch out to see if Rudolph's value changes in light of this update.

Kyle Rudolph Average Draft Position PPR

Will Dissly TE (SEA)

Will Dissly Suits up, but no targets: Dissly (knee) was able to suit up for Sunday's preseason loss to Minnesota, but he did not receive a target in limited action.

Our take: The good news is that Dissly was cleared for game action for the first time since injuring his knee last September; the downside was that the tight end was not targeted by Russell Wilson . Still, the 23-year-old was out there with the first-unit offense, which bodes well for his chances to begin the season as the team's primary tight end option. Dissly made some noise before going down to injury in 2018 (six receptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns in Weeks 1 and 2), so there is certainly some upside to be had, especially with Doug Baldwin's targets out of the picture.

Dissly isn't currently being drafted in fantasy drafts right now.

Hunter Henry TE (LAC)

Hunter Henry Quiet performance in preseason loss: Henry caught his only target for seven yards in Sunday's preseason loss to the Saints.

What it means: The Chargers didn't give many snaps to their first-team offense, and after Henry made a grab on the first possession he quickly made his way to the sidelines. The fourth-year tight end missed all of last season due to an ACL tear, so a restricted exhibition workload is to be expected, but with Antonio Gates having ridden off into the sunset, the path is clear for Henry to finally live up to his billing as the 35th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

It's possible to track the change in Hunter Henry's fantasy value over time by looking at where he's drafted. According to the latest PPR average draft position data, he's being drafted in at the 6.05 spot.

Keep an eye out on his value going forward.

Hunter Henry Average Draft Position PPR

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