Wild Card Round TE Rankings
Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will bring you a few sleepers and landmines for each position. Our sleeper picks could be on your waiver wire or a low-priced DFS target or could simply be going overlooked this week. On the other hand, our landmine players are getting attention, too much attention. These are players we feel are being overvalued and overpriced and would avoid for this week.
Ryan McDowell’s Wild Card TE Rankings
1 – Eric Ebron
One of the biggest surprises of the season was Colts TE Eric Ebron, who scored more touchdowns in one year in Indy than in his previous four years combined with the Lions. This week, Ebron faces the Texans, who have allowed nine TE1 performances on the season. Only four teams allowed more. Also, there is at least some concern Andrew Luck’s top target, WR TY Hilton, will not play or at least not be at full strength. While that would obviously be terrible news for the Colts chances, it would open up a huge opportunity for Ebron.
2 – Zach Ertz
The matchup for star TE Zach Ertz is not a great one. You can never feel comfortable when players in your fantasy lineup line up against the Bears defense. With that said, Ertz is easily the most talented tight end in action in this first week of the playoffs and the Eagles will feed him targets, as they’ve done for much of the year. TE George Kittle stung the Bears for a TE9 finish just a couple of weeks ago.
3 – Trey Burton
Believe it or not, the Eagles defense has been even tougher against opposing tight ends, allowing only three TE1 games on the season, tied for the lowest number in the league. The Bears should still get TE Trey Burton involved, depending on the status of WR Allen Robinson, who missed Week Seventeen with an injury. Regardless of who is on the field, the Bears and QB Mitch Trubisky will spread the ball around, hurting the upside of all Bears pass catchers.
4 – Blake Jarwin
The tight end position has been a black hole for much of this season following the retirement of future Hall of Famer Jason Witten but TE Blake Jarwin has finished the season on a hot streak. After posting back to back TE10 games in Week Fourteen and Fifteen, Jarwin exploded for three touchdowns in the season finale, leading to an overall TE1 game. This matchup against the Seahawks won’t be an easy one though.
5 – Mark Andrews
While the arrival of rookie QB Lamar Jackson has hurt nearly all Baltimore pass catchers, it has led to the emergence of rookie TE Mark Andrews, who finished the season with games as the TE5 and TE9 in the final two weeks. Andrews is clearly Jackson’s favorite target, leading the team with 308 passing yards since the former Heisman winner took over.
6 – Ryan Griffin
I mentioned earlier that only four teams have allowed more TE1 games than the Texans. One of those teams is the Colts, who gave up a league-high 11 top-12 games to opposing tight ends. That is good news for Houston starter Ryan Griffin, but the possibility that one of the Texans rookies TE Jordan Akins or Jordan Thomas steal a touchdown leaves Griffin on the back half of this group.
7 – Hunter Henry
Let’s be clear, taking a chance on injured Chargers TE Hunter Henry is a bet on talent. Henry had sky-high expectations placed upon him for the 2018 season before suffering a torn ACL that presumably ended his season. Now, Henry has been practicing and there is a chance he plays against the Ravens, which would be a difficult matchup for the healthiest of players.
8 – Dallas Goedert
Another bet on talent is Eagles rookie TE Dallas Goedert. In limited playing time this year, Goedert has shined, making huge plays and showing up as a red zone threat.
Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.