Charch's Week 3 Tight End Rankings


Big news from Philly: Carson Wentz is expected to start against the Colts. Since Wentz was drafted in 2016, he and Zach Ertz have played 25 games together, and Ertz has seen at least seven targets with at least 50 receiving yards in more than half of those games. Ertz also leads tight ends in targets (23) and receptions (16), and although Indy hasn't allowed a tight end touchdown, the Colts did allow Jordan Reed to catch six passes for 55 yards, and that feels like a safe floor for Ertz in this (or any) matchup. - Tom Dierberger (@tomdierberger)
Charch's Rating: 10/10   |   $7100

The Matt Patricia era in the Motor City hasn't gotten off to a great start, but the Lions have been tough against tight ends. No tight end has amassed over 27 yards in a game against Detroit this season, and the Lions held San Francisco's George Kittle to two receptions for 22 yards last week. In two career games against Detroit, Gronk has tallied a combined 10 receptions for 143 yards (but no touchdowns). But more relevant, Patricia's scheme last year in New England allowed Zach Ertz, a fellow elite tight end, to log seven receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown in Super Bowl LII. - Tom Dierberger (@tomdierberger)
Charch's Rating: 9.75/10   |   $7200


Travis Kelce has tallied the third-most fantasy points among tight ends, but his matchup against San Francisco looks like his toughest test yet. The 49ers have allowed just five receptions to tight ends, but at least three have come in the red zone and two have resulted in touchdowns. That's good news for Kelce, who leads all tight ends in red-zone targets (four) and plays with a gunslinger in Pat Mahomes, who makes the hairs on head coach Andy Reid's mustache stand up out of excitement. - Tom Dierberger (@tomdierberger)
Charch's Rating: 9.5/10   |   $7000


The Redskins allowed eight receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown to three Indianapolis tight ends last week, and Jimmy Graham caught five of eight targets for 59 yards in a matchup against Washington last year (with Seattle). So on paper, this could be a good spot. No player, at any position, saw more red-zone targets last season than Graham (26). But with his new Green Bay offense, he's received just one unofficial red-zone target, a touchdown reception called back due to a holding call last week. But once the Packers get in sync in the red zone, look out. - Tom Dierberger (@tomdierberger)
Charch's Rating: 9.5/10   |   $6100

Jimmy Garoppolo just missing George Kittle has been a theme already, as the tight end has hauled in just seven of 13 targets. But the two should thrive at Arrowhead Stadium, as Kansas City's defense was burned by *checks notes* Pittsburgh tight end Jesse James in Week 2, yielding five receptions, 138 receiving yards and a touchdown. The Chiefs defense allowed the fewest receptions to tight ends last season but have given up the second-most fantasy points to the position thus far. This game has "shootout" written all over it and Kittle remains a must-start. - Tom Dierberger (@tomdierberger)
Charch's Rating: 9.25/10   |   $5700


Evan Engram's matchup with Houston will be interesting. The Texans allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends last year and then allowed Rob Gronkowski to log seven receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. Last week, however, Houston held Tennessee tight ends to two receptions for 15 yards (although, no Delanie Walker). That being said, Engram has more targets, catches, and touchdowns than Sterling Shepard and looks like New York's true WR2. - Tom Dierberger (@tomdierberger)
Charch's Rating: 9/10   |   $6600


Since the start of last season, the Packers have allowed just three tight ends to top 48 receiving yards: Greg Olsen, Jason Witten and Kyle Rudolph! After holding Chicago's Trey Burton to one reception on six targets in Week 1, Green Bay allowed Rudolph to pull down seven of eight targets for 72 yards last week, so it's been a mixed bag so far as to what the Pack allow to the position. Reed is currently third among tight ends in catches, and quite simply, you should really start Reed when he's (rarely) healthy. - Tom Dierberger (@tomdierberger)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10   |   $6400


Jared Cook owners should have this matchup circled on their calendars. In addition to leading tight ends in receiving yards (229), Cook faces a Miami defense that has surrendered 77.5 yards per game to the position. In a matchup with the Dolphins last year, quarterback David Carr targeted Cook nine times, and he turned it into eight receptions for 126 yards. Miami hasn't allowed a tight end in the end zone yet, but they did give up the second-most touchdowns to tight ends last season (10). - Tom Dierberger (@tomdierberger)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10   |   $4900


We all saw Mitch Trubisky miss him wide open in the end zone, but still, Trey Burton's use has been suspect (just five receptions for 35 yards), as his target share is under 15%. Burton goes up against an Arizona defense that has given up just seven catches to tight ends, but it's one of four defenses to allow multiple tight end touchdowns so far. Chicago head coach Matt Nagy made a conscious effort to get Burton involved in Week 2, calling a shovel pass at the 2-yard line for a Burton score and also letting him run for a first down after a direct snap. Let's hope that creativity continues. - Tom Dierberger (@tomdierberger)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10   |   $5400


[UPDATE: WITH JACK DOYLE OUT, EBRON HAS BEEN UPGRADED SIGNIFICANTLY.] Eric Ebron is emerging as Andrew Luck's favorite end zone target, as he hauled in another score last week. Although Jack Doyle has seen more red-zone targets (three) than Ebron (two), both of Ebron's have come inside the 10-yard, while Doyle's targets have been outside the 15-yard line. This week, Ebron goes head-to-head against a Philadelphia defense that has yielded just one reception (two targets) for three yards and no touchdowns inside the 10-yard line, so his TD-dependency could be a crutch this week. - Tom Dierberger (@tomdierberger)
Charch's Rating: 7.25/10   |   $5100


Although it's unlikely Kyle Rudolph forces a Buffalo Bills defender to retire Sunday, he should be in store for a solid game against an absolute dumpster fire of a unit. Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott stripped defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier of play-calling duties at halftime last week and will take things over for a defense which allowed the fourth-most receptions to tight ends last season. Last week, the Bills gave up a combined nine receptions for 103 yards to Baltimore's uninspiring trio of tight ends (Maxx Williams, Mark Andrews, Nick Boyle). - Tom Dierberger (@tomdierberger)
Charch's Rating: 8.5/10   |   $5200


This is not a joke: We're entering Week 3, and Jesse James stands as the top-scoring fantasy tight end. James owners should capitalize yet again this week, as the Bucs have allowed the most receptions (20) and second-most yards (210) to the position. James has a good chance of getting loose behind the Bucs defense. The 24-year-old has logged five receptions of 20+ yards, and Tampa Bay has allowed three receptions of 20+ yards to tight ends. - Tom Dierberger (@tomdierberger)
Charch's Rating: 8.5/10   |   $4700


All football fans have been treated to a little "Fitzmagic" from Stew Beard, but no one outside of DeSean Jackson (and maybe guys with chest hair) is benefitting more than O.J. Howard. The Bucs' tight end has compiled four receptions of 19+ yards this season and has scored a touchdown in two of the last four games Stew Beard has started. He goes up against a Steelers defense that's allowed the third-most fantasy points to tight ends this year, although it is noteworthy Travis Kelce's pair of touchdown receptions were the first tight-end scores allowed by Mike Tomlin's defense since Week 7 of 2017. - Tom Dierberger (@tomdierberger)
Charch's Rating: 8.25/10   |   $4600


Without three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Thomas Davis (suspension) on the field, Tyler Eifert will pose as the Panthers' biggest test at tight to date. Carolina has allowed a tight-end score in four of their last seven games, including last week when Austin Hooper found the end zone. But on the flipside, the Panthers have yielded games of 40+ yards to tight ends only five times over the past two seasons, while holding the likes of Zach Ertz, Trey Burton and George Kittle under 27 yards. - Tom Dierberger (@tomdierberger)
Charch's Rating: 8.25/10   |   $5000


One thing is clear: Ben Watson loves playing against Atlanta, as his four touchdowns against the Falcons match a career high against any franchise. In 2015, Watson's most recent year with Drew Brees and the Saints offense, he tallied 16 receptions for 186 yards and two touchdowns over two games against the Falcons. But this looks like a different team when it comes to defending tight ends. Atlanta is allowing a mere 31 yards per game to the position and only four teams have allowed fewer fantasy points to tight ends, and no opposing tight end has scored in the Falcons' last six games, including Zach Ertz, who was held to five receptions and 48 yards in Week 1. - Tom Dierberger (@tomdierberger)
Charch's Rating: 8/10   |   $4400


[UPDATE: DOYLE HAS BEEN RULED OUT.] Another week, another touchdown reception vultured by Eric Ebron. It continued to be somewhat of a rough stretch for Jack Doyle, who has just one touchdown catch in the last 11 games he's played with Andrew Luck. Unfortunately for Doyle owners, it doesn't get any easier in Week 3. Take out OJ Howard's fluke 75-yard touchdown reception last week (Philly missed three tackles on the play), and the Eagles have held tight ends to five receptions for 45 yards. Doyle has three targets inside the red zone to his name, but he has none inside the 10-yard line compared to Ebron's two. - Tom Dierberger (@tomdierberger)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   |   $5300


Will Dissly caught another touchdown pass in Week 2 and is emerging as one of Russell Wilson's (rare) reliable options. Doug Baldwin is likely to sit again in Week 3, which should open things up yet again for Dissly against Dallas. The Cowboys have allowed 6.5 receptions and 54.5 yards per game to tight ends. But Dissly might be rewriting history! Since 1999, Dissly is one of two rookie tight ends to score in both of his first two games as a pro (Matt Spaeth, 2007). - Tom Dierberger (@tomdierberger)
Charch's Rating: 7.5/10   |   $4000


David Njoku needs a big week to gain back the trust of Tyrod (Tuh-rod?) Taylor, as the two have missed seven times (14 targets, seven receptions). The New York football Jets have allowed the fewest tight-end receptions (three), although they haven't faced a premier pass-catcher and surrendered a score last week. The Jets' performance so far is on par with 2017 when they allowed the fifth-fewest receptions to tight ends but were one of six teams to allow 9+ touchdowns to the position. Njoku tallied 48 receiving yards and a score against the Jets last season, and opportunity knocks for him to do the same this week. - Tom Dierberger (@tomdierberger)
Charch's Rating: 7.5/10   |   $4500

Tennessee has allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to tight ends this season (four receptions, 51 yards), but their biggest "test" at the position has been Houston's third-round pick Jordan Akins. Still, the Titans have surrendered a tight end touchdown in just five of their last 18 regular season games, so this is far from an ideal matchup for ASJ. - Tom Dierberger (@tomdierberger)
Charch's Rating: 7.25/10   |   $4800


New Orleans is still trying to find its footing on defense, although it's been tough against tight ends, as the Saints have yielded just 44.5 yards per game and no scores to the position. Hooper saw under 12% of the Falcon' red-zone targets last year – behind Julio Jones (25%) and Mohamed Sanu (15.8%) – but has been targeted 23.1% of the time in the red zone this year. Hooper's nine overall targets have been encouraging, but he might need a score to be worth a start this week as he logged five receptions for 41 yards against New Orleans in two games last year. - Tom Dierberger (@tomdierberger)
Charch's Rating: 7/10   |   $4700