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Well last week did not go as planned. Pretty sure I went a cool 1-3 in my picks. Let’s hope this week is different.

So far this year the tight end position has no gone anywhere close to how we thought it would. It all started with Gronk getting injured and not playing in the first two games and then having to deal with Jacoby Brissett as his QB in Week 3.

Jordan Reed, Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, Gary Barnidge and more have not lived up to expectations either.

This has left us with players like Jack Doyle at the top of the scoring leaders for the position.

It has been fun for DFS, because you know you can pay less for your tight end each week. In season long though you won’t be cutting Jordan Reed for Jack Doyle anytime soon, so you are stuck with mediocre performances… for now.

Anyway let’s get to the Week 4 Rankings reaction of the tight end position.

Week 4 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

Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars

I typically hate the London game, but this one has the looks of a shootout. Both teams rank near the bottom in defense in almost every category and have top notch offenses.

Thomas has proven he is going to be targeted in this offense early and often, so against a less than average pass defense, I like him to return to his Week 1 and 2 outputs.

Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans

Walker was a late scratch last week, but all signs point to him starting this week.

Now usually I would say run away from the Texans defense, but they will be without arguably the best defensive player in the game right now, J.J. Watt.

Yes, Watt does not cover, but he is a such a force on the line that he causes problems for opposing quarterbacks to get the ball out.

Without Watt, I expect Mariota to have a lot more freedom in the pocket and get the ball to his playmakers, mainly Delanie Walker

Who I Like Less

Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions

I liked Ebron in a plus matchup last week and he did not exactly pay off. This week he gets the Bears, who are pretty terrible on the defensive side of the ball, but do seem to find success at stopping teams tight ends.

I think the Lions will have a lot more success using their receivers and running backs in this game, therefore limiting Ebron’s opportunities.

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings

What! I don’t like  the current No. 2 tight end in fantasy? I’m crazy right. Hear me out.

This game against the Giants screams 13-10. We know the Vikings defense is among the elite, but the Giants are proving they are much better than advertised. This is especially true against tight ends as they have allowed just five points on average per week. This is against Jason Witten, Coby Fleener and Jordan Reed, not exactly chumps.


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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