The tight end position has been has been a bit unpredictable lately but I am about to add some stability to it as I introduce to you “Who I Like More” and “Who I like Less” for Week 7. I will give you a slight hint: I am Green with envy this week! We will get to that in a bit however. Let’s look back at last week, shall we?
Last week my “Who I Like More” pick of Jacob Tamme would have been spot on had there not been three turnovers by the Falcons. Tamme was targeted five times in the game and caught three of them. He would have a much more production had the Falcons not imploded in the red zone. I believe Matt Ryan owes me a great big apology so I will be waiting by my phone.
Charles Clay was my pick for “Who I Like Less” last from last week. Now, Clay did catch nine balls for 62 yards but there are reasons why his production was better than I thought. First, Sammy Watkins was injured in the first half, which allowed Clay to get more targets than expected. Also, the Bills were down big and game flow afforded E.J. Manuel the opportunity to throw the ball 42 times! I am certain that was not in Rex Ryan’s game plan for last week.
When choosing who I like more and less, I try to find values within the So-Called Fantasy Football Experts tight end rankings, and this week I certainly have. Ladarius Green, although teamed up with Antonio Gates, is my choice for Who I Like More this week. Unfortunately for Gary Barnidge, he has been selected for Who I Like Less this week.
Let’s examine these picks a bit closer as I present my rationale for each pick. This week I know we will hit the lottery and get a lot of green.
Tight End Rankings Reaction
Who I Like More
Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders
Philip Rivers loves to spread the ball around especially to his tight ends. Surprisingly, Ladarius Green (No. 15 ranked tight end) is still relevant and being targeted just as much as he was before Antonio Gates was playing. Green’s targets may increase slightly due to Keenan Allen being in a bit banged up as he hurt his hip last week. We will see how Allen responds and if he is involved similarly as he has been.
The total for this game versus the Raiders is one of the higher totals for the week. Of course we all know that the Raiders haven’t been tough on tight ends and there is no reason to believe they will begin now. Additionally, Melvin Gordon has been a bust and has impacted the the Chargers’ ability to establish a run game. This has helped in terms of Fantasy Football because Rivers has had to throw the ball a bit more. How much more? How about 65 times and 43 completions and over 500 passing yards last week. Look for Rivers to continue his hot streak and throw one to Ladarius Green in the “Green Zone.”
Chargers have tied the game! Philip Rivers finds Ladarius Green for the 19-yard TD. Rivers: 26-37, 300 Yds, 2 TD pic.twitter.com/Jabqgfkowh
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 18, 2015
Who I Like Less
Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns at St. Louis Rams
The St. Louis Rams are coming off a bye week and will be well-prepared for the Browns and their offense. The St. Louis Rams have only given up one touchdown to tight ends all season, and I expect that trend to continue this week. The Rams do not have a high-powered offense, so this probably will not be a one-sided affair. This tells me Barnidge will not be the beneficiary of a high volume or game flow. This game will likely be a grind-it-out, low-scoring game and it appears Vegas agrees with me due to the total being sent at 41.5. Barnidge has scored in four straight games so what are the odds he does it again? Quite slim.
Each week I am on a journey to locate the best and worst of the week and I nailed it! Start my guy Ladarius Green and sleep like a baby this week. But please, forget Gary Barnidge exists for this week; sit him at the end of the bench and thank me next week. Good luck and “may the tight end be with you,” Jedi warriors.
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