This year, good consistent tight ends have been hard to find. Of course Rob Gronkowski is the obvious exception to this rule, but tight ends like Tyler Eifert or Delanie Walker have been more common. One week they will catch three touchdowns and the next will only catch one pass for fifteen yards.
Last week was no exception to the streaky tight end phenomena. Three top ten tight ends (Travis Kelce, Tyler Eifert, and Benjamin Watson) combined for six points! On the other hand, Zach Miller led all tight ends in scoring with twenty-two points. And then Gronk put up the numbers we are all accustomed to.
For this reason, tight end is the most important position in your line up this week. It will either make or break your team.
Two games that should be interesting are Washington at Carolina and Green Bay at Minnesota. The over/under for both games is 45, which is a fairly high point total. Tight ends will play an important role in both of these games.
I am especially looking to see if Green Bay bounces back from their three game skid and if Washington’s offense can replicate their performance that they had last week.
Week 11 Tight End Rankings Reaction
Who I Like More
Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers are undefeated and are poised to stay that way after this week’s matchup against the Redskins.
A large part of the Panther’s success this year can be attributed to their offense. The passing game is not necessarily a strength for Carolina but it gets the job done. Olsen is an integral part of the pass game, leading the team in targets, receptions, yards, and touchdowns.
The consistency is the real reason I like Olsen. He consistently is one of the best tight ends every week. Although he is pricey in daily fantasy leagues, he usually proves to be a good investment. I expect Olsen to have a big game this week that includes at least 60 yards and a touchdown.
Richard Rogers, Green Bay Packers
One bright spot for the Green Bay Packers has been their tight end Richard Rodgers. The Packers have lost three straight, but in their last two games Rogers has accounted for three touchdowns. He doesn’t get many catches or yards but when he does it is usually in the end zone.
Additionally, Rogers is becoming an important part in the Green Bay’s offense. His amount of targets has increased steadily throughout the season. I don’t think Rodgers is going to put up huge numbers but I like him because he is a great value.
In both FanDuel and DraftKings, Rodgers is fairly cheap which allows you to splurge on other players. I forgot to mention, the Packers are playing the Vikings who have allowed the third most points to tight ends per game.
Who I Like Less
Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
Jordan Reed is ranked fourth this week in the SCFE rankings which is a little too high. Granted, Reed has had three straight games with at least one touchdown, but we have to take those numbers with a grain of salt because Washington has played the Saints, Patriots, and Buccaneers in their three previous games.
All three of these teams do not have stellar defenses. However, Reed will be covered the majority of the time by the best middle linebacker in the league, Luke Kuechly. The Panthers will be sure to key on Reed in the red zone and shut him down.
Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears
The Bears have been on a role as of recent winning their last two games against the Chargers and Rams.
That being said, Bennett has played a small part in those victories. He has just 75 yards and a touchdown in the last two games.
Much of his decline in production is due to Zach Miller seeing increased targets. Miller has come out of nowhere and put up 130 yards and three touchdowns in his last two outings.
If this isn’t a good enough reason to stay away from Bennett, the fact that they will be going against the number one defense in the league should suffice.
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