Fantasy Football Tight Ends in the News: (September 9, 2019)

Jameis Winston Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Tyler Higbee TE (LAR)

Tyler Higbee Scores game-winning TD: Higbee caught four of five targets for 20 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 30-27 win over Carolina.

Our take: Recently signed to a four-year contract extension, it didn't take long for Higbee to reward the franchise for their confidence in him. The fourth-year tight end has never been a strong fantasy asset, and he's been utilized primarily as a blocker to this point in his career. Additionally, Gerald Everett is arguably the more capable receiving tight end on the roster, so Higbee's targets are likely to remain minimal. It's definitely worth noting that Los Angeles discussed utilizing more two-tight end sets this season, which could provide a slight uptick in opportunities for both Higbee and Everett, though.

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

Gerald Everett TE (LAR)

Gerald Everett Plays second fiddle in opener: Everett caught his only target for seven yards during Sunday's 30-27 win over Carolina.

Fantasy impact: The athletic tight end only played 30 of 77 offensive snaps, as it was Tyler Higbee who once again started and played more (40 snaps). Higbee also caught four of five targets and scored the game-winning touchdown. It's obviously too early to write off Everett's chances of superseding Higbee, but Los Angeles also just signed Higbee to a four-year contract extension. There were plenty of positives during Everett's first two years in the league, and he had a strong offseason. So, while he's still currently an unreliable fantasy asset, he's a player to keep tabs on.

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

Cameron Brate TE (TB)

Cameron Brate Has two touchdowns taken by penalty: Brate brought in both of his targets for eight yards in the Buccaneers' 31-17 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.

Our take: Brate's final line belies the fact he made two touchdown receptions on the same drive in the second quarter, only to see each nullified by a Demar Dotson holding penalty. While those unfortunate breaks did fantasy managers no favors, it was at least encouraging to see the veteran tight end targeted by Jameis Winston in the end zone, where Brate was a staple in former coach Dirk Koetter's offensive scheme.

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

Dallas Goedert TE (PHI)

Dallas Goedert Quiet in win: Goedert caught two of his three targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 32-27 win over Washington.

Fantasy impact: Although Goedert didn't make much of a statistical impact, he was on the field for 55 percent of the snaps, more than the Eagles' fourth receiver, and just 11 fewer than DeSean Jackson . The trend will likely continue as the Eagles ran a lot of two-tight-end sets in the preseason to try and get the second-year pro on the field more often. He will have bigger games, but they will be tough to predict, especially as long as Zach Ertz is healthy.

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

Zach Ertz TE (PHI)

Zach Ertz Targeted seven times in win: Ertz caught five of his seven targets for 54 yards in Sunday's 32-27 win over Washington.

Our take: Ertz had just one catch on two targets heading into the locker room at halftime but turned it on after that. With DeSean Jackson scoring two long touchdowns on the day, there weren't many red-zone opportunities although the 28-year-old did get tackled at the two-yard line after a 26-yard gain to end the third quarter. Alshon Jeffery ended up taking it in on the next play. The Stanford product remains an elite option at tight end heading into a Week 2 road tilt at Atlanta.

Up until now, Zach Ertz has been drafted at the 3.09 in PPR leagues.

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

Zach Ertz Average Draft Position PPR

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