Well that didn’t take long. Gronk is officially back atop the rankings for tight ends. I knew he would be there soon, but I’m reluctant to put somebody up there after they struggled for so many weeks. Especially when it involves an injury.
One guy I want to make sure I mention is Hunter Henry. This guys is the real deal. He had himself quite a game against the Broncos defense, albeit most of it in the first quarter, but still production is production. Gates is looking old and has said he is still not 100% healthy. This is going to be Henry’s show the rest of the way in my opinion.
We are also on the verge of two very productive tight ends returning and I suggest that if you do not have a stud tight end right now that you go stash one of them.
Tyler Eifert is finally back on the practice field for the Bengals. Now Eifert was very touch down dependent last year, but I really don’t think that is an issue. The Bengals lack a big target when they get in or near the red zone and Eifert is going to be able to step right back into the role.
Ladarius Green is the other. I was really excited about the potential Green had this season after signing with the Steelers, especially with Martavius Bryant getting suspended. Now an ankle (perhaps head) injury landed him on the PUP list. He is eligible to come off the PUP list this week, but it won’t happen. My guess is it happens in Week 9 after the bye, but now is the time to buy on him (see what I did there?). Even with Big Ben out 4-6 weeks, he should have plenty of value and with Ben likely returning just in time for Fantasy Football playoffs, you couldn’t ask for more.
Anyway let’s get to the Week 7 Rankings reaction of the tight end position.
Week 7 Tight End Rankings Reaction
I will be using the standard tight end position rankings to determine who I like more and who I like less.
Who I Like More
Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
This is what I mean by this looks like 2014. We have Gronk and Graham both at or near the top of the tight end rankings. I’m getting a bit teary-eyed.
OK enough already. This is a scary match up on paper for Graham. You look at the Cardinals and they are the best defense against opposing tight ends. Let’s take a quick look at the tight ends they have faced though.
- Patriots – Martellus Bennett (w/Jimmy Garapolo): 1 point
- Buccanneers – Cameron Brate: 2 points
- Bills – Charles Clay: 2 points
- Rams – Lance Kendricks: 5 points
- 49ers – Vance McDonald: zero
- Jets – Do they have a tight end: zero
Besides Bennett and the Pats in Week 1, I wouldn’t say they faced any tough tight ends all season. Even then Jimmy G. was the quarterback, not Tommy Boy. So that degrades that performance a bit.
This week Jimmy Graham gets to face them and he appears to be clicking, finally, with Russell Wilson. He is getting a ton of targets, 26 in the last three games, so the volume is going to be there to produce no matter what defense he plays.
Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills
I know I just got basically said that Clay is not a great tight end, and I’ll repeat that, he is not. However this week he gets a pretty favorable matchup against the Dolphins, who are 23rd against opposing tight ends for points against.
Clay is also trending upwards over the last three weeks, having hauled in five receptions each of those weeks. The yardage decent for standard leagues, but the five receptions makes him very useful in PPR.
He will eventually get in the end zone, or anybody on that team not named McCoy, and he’ll pay off big time. Why not have it be this week.
Who I Like Less
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
After a great start to the season, where he exploited some pretty mediocre defenses, we saw just how average or less than that Rudolph can be against a good one when he faced Houston in Week 5.
This wee does not get any better for him against the Eagles who are arguably better against opposing tight ends. They have allowed on average less points to tight ends than Houston has and also has a better DVOA.
Don’t forget to check out our other position rankings reactions:
- Quarterback Rankings Reactions
- Running Back Rankings Reactions
- Wide Receiver Rankings Reactions
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