In this week’s Tight End Rankings Reaction we are looking at a sure thing, which is why we are targeting Heath Miller, a guy who woke up lat week with the return of Ben Roethlisberger. I expect him to build on a solid Week 8 and be just as good this week. Before we move on to the tight end rankings, let’s look back at last week.
The Detroit Lions are complete dogs and I have absolutely no faith in any of them at this point. There is no way Eric Ebron (Who I Liked More last week) should have such bad stats considering they were playing a team that has a questionable pass defense. What do the Lions do? They stubbornly run the ball over and over even though they have absolutely no chance of moving it on the ground. Even when they were down a lot, they kept running the ball.
Delanie Walker was exactly what I described, just mediocre and quite “vanilla.” He caught six balls for 62 yards and zero touchdowns. Like I said, an injured Marcus Mariota or a healthy Zach Mettenberger, Walker’s stats would be ordinary and they were.
The tight end position continues to be like “musical chairs” because we have so much inconsistency from week to week. For example, we can’t count on Jimmy Graham, Martellus Bennett has been inconsistent and Antonio Gates has been injured. Now we are again excited about Jordan Reed and Ben Watson, neither of whom can be counted on from week to week, but do fall into the Top 10 tight end rankings.
I now would like to introduce you to the tight end Who I Like More this week as well as the tight end Who I like Less.
Week 9 Tight End Rankings Reaction
Who I Like More
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Oakland Raiders
Welcome back Ben Roethlisberger! Miller is the 11th ranked TE according to the So-Called Fantasy Experts tight end rankings this week. Miller was clearly the happiest to have Big Ben back last week as he completely went off. Miller was targeted an amazing 13 times and caught 10 of them for 105 yards.
Heath Miller still has enough in the tank to be effective and could be a monster again this week as they face the Raiders who still allow the most points to tight ends. The Raiders also have the ability to score and score through the air, which means we could have a shoot out. Vegas agrees as the total is set at 47.5.
Miller will be on the field a lot as he was last week when he played all 73 offensive snaps. If you are in a PPR league, Miller will definitely be your man. He only averages 7.4 yards per target, so we know he is looked at as more of a safety valve than anything for Big Ben. Let’s hope he gets a few more red zone targets than his average of about two per game. If so, this could be another huge week for Heeeaaattthhhh!!
TEs facing the Raiders this year have finished: TE4 TE1 TE2 TE1 n/a (stupid Owen Daniels) TE4 TE13 In other words, Heath Miller time in Wk9
— Alex Gelhar (@AlexGelhar) November 2, 2015
Who I Like Less
Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals
I know, I know, I said I wouldn’t hate on Barnidge, but here I go again. The last time Johnny Manziel faced the Browns, he went 10-18 for 80 yards and two interceptions. Let’s add on that the Bengals haven’t given up a touchdown to a tight end this year.
The total for this game has dropped from 47.5 to 45.5, which tells me we are trending toward a lower scoring game, especially for the Browns. The Browns are an 11 point underdog, which doesn’t allow much in terms of the Browns overall scoring.
Manziel is not the type of quarterback that goes through his progressions. He is much more likely to look at his primary read and then tuck and it go. This does not bode well for Barnidge who would likely be the recipient of the check downs and the victim of Manziel’s love for throwing it down field. I say we stay away from Barnidge this week and then reevaluate.
With Big Ben back and the rust shaken off, we will see a better passing game and Heath Miller being one of the benefactors this week. Additionally, we will see a poor week from Barnidge with Manziel as the starter, a poor history vs. Cincinnati and a tough defense.
Good luck and hopefully these tight end rankings helps you clobber your opponent. I expect to hear a lot of Heaaattthhh chants!
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