Charch's Week 14 Tight End Rankings


It's not unusual to watch Travis Kelce dominate a game, but his performance against Oakland last week took that dominance to a whole new level. Kelce posted a career-high in receptions (12) and receiving yards (168). He added two touchdowns, for his second multi-touchdown outing in the past four games. Baltimore's secondary has been dominant, allowing just four passing touchdowns in the past three games. However, three of those touchdowns have gone to tight ends. Receiving yards are harder for TE's to come by against the Ravens. Over the last three games, they're allowing just 40 receiving yards and four receptions per game. - Josh Stanley (@stanleyjosh)
Charch's Rating: 10.0/10   -   $7400


After four straight wins, Dallas looks like a new team. Their offense is clicking, and their defense has improved. However, the last time they tried to defend Zach Ertz, he posted his best game of the year (14/145/2). Since this game, Dallas has only allowed one touchdown to a tight end, and an average of 64 yards per game. Ertz has kept up this stellar play as the season has progressed. Last Monday, he turned in his sixth game with at least nine catches and 80 yards. This game marked only his third in the past eight without a touchdown. - Josh Stanley (@stanleyjosh)
Charch's Rating: 9.75/10   -   $7000


George Kittle is the safety blanket every undrafted quarterback needs. Nick Mullens has targeted him at least nine times in three of the past four games, and he's accounted for 28% of Mullens' completions over the past three. Kittle has been the lifeblood of San Francisco's offense averaging 77 receiving yards over this span. The breakout of Dante Pettis last week should give Kittle more room to operate. The Broncos defense is not as reliable when defending tight ends. Opposing offenses target their tight ends on 23% of pass attempts, ninth most, and Denver has allowed three touchdowns in the past five games to the position. - Josh Stanley (@stanleyjosh)
Charch's Rating: 9.5/10   -   $6500


One person's trash is another person's treasure. Indianapolis played like hot garbage against Jacksonville last week, but Eric Ebron's game was a treasure. Andrew Luck locked onto his tight end and targeted him on 31% of his throws. Ebron now leads the Colts in targets, receptions, and receiving touchdowns, and he could be in line for another big day against Houston. The Texans have allowed tight ends to find the end zone six times over the past six weeks. On the season, they rank 30th in red zone defense against tight ends. When these two teams met earlier this season, we saw what Ebron could do without Doyle. He saw ten targets - four in the red zone - and hauled in one for a score. - Josh Stanley (@stanleyjosh)
Charch's Rating: 9.25/10   -   $6600

As Tom Brady goes, so does New England's offense. Over the past five games, Brady is averaging less than one touchdown per game. This explains why Gronk has scored only one touchdown over that span, and why the tight end has only topped 50 yards once in the past three. Miami is the remedy that Brady and Gronk need. When the Patriots played Miami earlier this season, Gronk turned four targets into just 44 yards, but over the past five games the Dolphins rank 28th against tight ends. They're giving up an average of six catches for 58 yards per game. During this stretch, Miami has also given up five touchdowns to tight ends. - Josh Stanley (@stanleyjosh)
Charch's Rating: 9.25/10   -   $6000


Last week, Jared Cook posted his third 100-yard game of the season, and scored a touchdown for the third game in a row. He has become the most (and only) trustworthy player in Oakland. Over the past three games, Cook has averaged 54 yards and a touchdown on six targets. Pittsburgh has been a middle of the pack team against tight ends. The Steelers allow 5 catches and 59 receiving yards per game, but this defense has played better as of late. In two of the past three games, Pittsburgh has given up a total of four receiving yards to tight ends. - Josh Stanley (@stanleyjosh)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10   -   $6200


Vance McDonald's pregame warm-up this week will consist of him pinching himself to make sure he's not dreaming. McDonald faces an Oakland defense that, over the past three games, is averaging 113 yards and one touchdown per game to tight ends. During this span, they've given up the most receiving yards to the position and it's not even close. The next team has allowed 98 less receiving yards. Both Pittsburgh tight ends, Jesse James and McDonald, are set up for good games, but McDonald should be the primary beneficiary. He has been Big Ben's favored tight end, tying or out-targeting James in every game this season. - Josh Stanley (@stanleyjosh)
Charch's Rating: 9/10   -   $4700

As expected with O.J. Howard on injured reserve, Cameron Brate saw an increase in his snap count and targets last week. Frustratingly, this did not translate to production against one of the worst tight end defenses. Brate extended his streak of less than 36 receiving yards to 13 games. He is very much so touchdown-dependent. Even if he had not dropped a pass in the end zone last week, his outlook would be bleak against New Orleans. The Saints secondary has only allowed one tight end to score on the season, and they've held opposing quarterbacks to four passing touchdowns over the past four games. - Josh Stanley (@stanleyjosh)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10   -   $5000


Mike McCarthy may be gone, and Jimmy Graham may have a broken thumb, but Aaron Rodgers is still Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers targeted Graham 11 times last week, despite Graham's injury. Since his injury, Graham is averaging five receptions for 42 yards in two games. He could tie this hand behind his back and still find success against Atlanta. The Falcons have allowed at least three passing touchdowns in half their games. Over the past three games, they've allowed 48 receiving yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game to tight ends. If Mark Andrews and Dan Arnold can finish as top-15 tight ends against this team in the past two weeks, Graham is in a good position to do the same. - Josh Stanley (@stanleyjosh)
Charch's Rating: 8.5/10   -   $5200


Austin Hooper quietly remains one of the most involved tight ends. He's seen the seventh-most targets and the fourth-most receptions for the position. However, he rarely blows up like other top-tier tight ends. Hooper has finished as a top-five tight end in four weeks and outside the top-20 in four weeks. In a high-scoring game against Green Bay, Hooper has a good opportunity to put in another top-five finish. In the four games Matt Ryan has thrown more than 30 passes, Hooper has finished as a top-five tight end twice. Green Bay's defense has faced 39 pass attempts per game. Despite this high total, the Packers have allowed the fourth-fewest receptions to tight ends, and only one tight end has found the end zone. - Josh Stanley (@stanleyjosh)
Charch's Rating: 8.5/10   -   $5300


Another of Washington's starters bites the dust, yet Jordan Reed is still standing. Over the past month, Reed has been solid, averaging five receptions and 50 yards per game. But now, Reed will receive passes from Mark Sanchez or some guy who's been sitting on a couch waiting for a call. The outlook of this already conservative offense just plummeted, even in a plus matchup against New York. The Giants have allowed at least a touchdown and/or 78 receiving yards to tight ends in the past four games. The last tight end to fail to reach this mark? Jordan Reed, who only managed 38 yards on a whopping 12 targets. - Josh Stanley (@stanleyjosh)
Charch's Rating: 8.25/10   -   $5400


[UPDATE: UPGRADED SLIGHTLY ON NEWS THAT ODELL BECKHAM WON'T PLAY, SUGGESTING THE ENGRAM WILL SEE A FEW MORE TARGETS.] It appears that Evan Engram will play in this game after missing two weeks. Engram scored in the earlier matchup between these teams, although it was a bit of an aberration. The Redskins have allowed just three tight end scores on the year, and only one tight end has topped 48 yards. - Paul Charchian (@PaulCharchian)
Charch's Rating: 8/10   -   $4600


When Kyle Rudolph sees targets he catches them - he's posted a 100% catch rate in three of the past four games. The problem is he isn't seeing a lot of targets. He's been targeted more than five times just once in the past four games. This trend is likely to continue in Seattle, as teams are targeting their tight ends on just 16% of passes against the Seahawks, third fewest. Rudolph's best games have come when Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have each seen 10+ targets, and Seattle has faced 36 passes per game over the past three, sixth most. - Josh Stanley (@stanleyjosh)
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10   -   $4300


Carolina is in a nosedive. They fired secondary coach Jeff Imamura after allowing 2.5 passing touchdowns per game during the current four-game losing streak. The one thing this defense has improved on recently is defending the tight end. A tight end has not reached the end zone in the past three games against the Panthers, while also not topping 36 receiving yards in any of those games. The one asterisk to this improvement is the quality of tight end competition. None rank inside the top-20 tight ends. David Njoku sits in the top-10, but in three of the past five games, he has not cleared 20 receiving yards. He has a good chance to be more involved with Baker Mayfield increasing his passing attempts in each of the last three weeks. - Josh Stanley (@stanleyjosh)
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10   -   $4900


Trey Burton has been on a cold streak. He's topped four targets in just one of his past six games, and has been held out the end zone for four consecutive games. The return of Mitchell Trubisky should boost Burton to a bounce-back game. In games with Trubisky, Burton averages 42 receiving yards and 0.5 touchdowns. In the past two games without Trubisky, he averaged 14 receiving yards and is scoreless. Los Angeles recently returned a decent player of their own in Aqib Talib. The Rams allowed tight ends to average 87 receiving yards and zero touchdowns with Talib. But without him, they allowed 60 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. Over the past three weeks, the Rams have surrendered the fourth-most receiving yards to the position. - Josh Stanley (@stanleyjosh)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   -   $4500


Ian Thomas will step in once more for the injured Greg Olsen. When Olsen was forced to miss time earlier this season, Thomas averaged three catches for 23 yards. He saw 5+ targets in three of the four games without Olsen. Not much, but better than the one catch and eight yards he averages when Olsen is healthy. Opportunity and matchups are the names of the game. He'll have a plus matchup against Cleveland, as the Browns defense has allowed the most receptions (75) this season. And they have surrendered four touchdowns in the past four games. - Josh Stanley (@stanleyjosh)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   -   $3500


Sam Darnold is likely to return against Buffalo, but if he is a surprise inactive, Herndon owners have no need to fear. The tight end has built a rapport with both Darnold and McCown. The hope is for Darnold to return though. He's been the quarterback responsible for all three of Herndon's touchdowns. When these teams met early in the season, Herndon was only able to manage three receptions for 34 yards. This is not unusual for tight ends up against Buffalo's stifling pass defense though, as the Bills have allowed the fewest receiving yards to tight ends, and allowed only one touchdown in last five games. - Josh Stanley (@stanleyjosh)
Charch's Rating: 7.5/10   -   $4100