Charch's Week 4 Tight End Rankings


The last time Travis Kelce faced the Broncos (Week 8 of 2017), he put up a season-high 133 yards with a score on seven catches. How about his two games against Denver in 2016? Just 7-101-1 and 11-160-1 stat lines. You read that correctly. What about Denver against tight ends this season? Remember, Denver put the name "Will Dissly" on the map. The Broncos also allowed two 30-yard receptions to another unknown rookie Mark Andrews last week. My hunch says to start Kelce. That advice is why I get paid the big bucks. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 10/10   |   $7200

Rob Gronkowski loves seeing the Dolphins come to Gillette Stadium. In his last three encounters with Miami in Foxboro, Gronk has averaged 97 yards and scored four times including a 5-82-2 gem last season. He has found the end zone in seven of 11 career games against them as well. Miami allowed 52 yards to Delanie Walker before he was injured in the opener and Jared Cook had a touchdown overturned last week. Any stats against other tight ends probably mean little here because history says the Dolphins and their 3-0 record will have a very tough time with this matchup. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 9.5/10   |   $6900


Trey Burton has a wonderful matchup against the Buccaneers, who have allowed the most catches and yards to tight ends. You may be frustrated by the preseason hype, but keep in mind his yardage has increased each week and he has been on the field for roughly 85% of the Bears offensive plays each game. The Bucs have been giving up 30 points per game, to boot. He has only seen five targets per game from Sad Trombonesky, so we would like to see that number go up. If Burton lays an egg this week, then it may be time to rethink him. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 9/10   |   $5200


Last week, Zach Ertz tallied 73 yards in Carson Wentz's return to the lineup. That's not bad. You may not know he has scored and/or topped 80 yards in 13 of his last 15 full games with Wentz behind center. Although, Tennessee has allowed barely two catches and 23 yards per game to tight ends, ranking them first in fantasy points allowed, those tight ends were ASJ, Ryan Griffin, and Mike Gesicki. Last year, the Titans were a middle-of-the-pack defense against the position. Dallas Goedert is emerging as a potential problem for Ertz, and we'll need to watch his expanding playing time closely. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10   |   $7300


Despite his mediocre stats, Jimmy Graham has been on the field for 87% of the Packers offensive plays so it is not for lack of opportunity. Aaron Rodgers has thrown at him 15 times over the past two games as the two continue to build chemistry. Inexplicably, he has seen just one target in the red zone, the same number as other Packers tight ends Lance Kendricks and Mercedes Lewis. The Bills have allowed at least 55 yards to the position in each game, and red zone specialist Kyle Rudolph scored against them last week. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 8.5/10   |   $5800


Last week, in the absence of Jack Doyle, Eric Ebron saw his snap count increase from 37% to 88% and targets go up to 11. And that's the main story here: if Doyle misses this game, Ebron is highly startable. Only five players have more red zone targets than Ebron's six, four of which came last week, though none of those attempts were complete. Houston has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to tight ends including two touchdowns (thanks in large part to Gronk in the opener.) - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 8.5/10   |   $5300


Kyle Rudolph has topped 72 yards or scored in all three games for the Vikings, a promising start for his relationship with new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. He has seen seven targets per game from Kirk Cousins over the last two. The Rams are an elite defense, but they allowed Jared Cook to go off for 180 yards in the opener. Heck, they allowed Antonio Gates to equal his age in yards last week, with 45. Also, the loss of both Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib will definitely impact their entire secondary, meaning Rudolph could see less safety help and more one-on-one coverage with a linebacker in this game. Rudolph posted five catches and 58 yards in the 2017 meeting between the teams. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 8/10   |   $5400

Last year, the Giants allowed the most tight end touchdowns in football. After starting this season with two weeks of limited production allowed to the position, New York let the Texans trio of unstartable tight ends amass 115 yards. We all know that Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas are the apples of Drew Brees' eye, but Watson is still picking up five looks per outing. Between knowing the average Saints' game has totaled 69 points and how inept New York has been against tight ends, there's no reason he shouldn't see half a dozen throws come his way here. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 8.25/10   |   $4800


Vance McDonald – he's had 10 targets since returning from injury, and seems to have separated himself from Jesse James who only got one target last week. The Ravens haven't faced a notable tight end yet this year, so it's no surprise that nobody has topped 45 yards. When these teams met in Pittsburgh last year, James and McDonald combined for a crazy 14 receptions for 150 yards. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10   |   $3500


Chicago has allowed a tight end touchdown in back-to-back games after holding Jimmy Graham in check during the opener. OJ Howard has topped 52 yards in each of his last five games with Fitzpatrick behind center and his seen his targets double each week in '18. He continues to out-snap Cameron Brate by a wide margin. Even with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin taking up much of Fitzmagic's attention, Tampa has scored 34 points per game and is leading the league in passing yards. There is still plenty to like with Howard, even against a tough Bears defense on the road. I wouldn't get too rattled by Cameron Brate's touchdown last week. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 8/10   |   $4600


Even with their abundance of injuries, the Chargers' defense poses a problem for George Kittle. They held Travis Kelce to just one catch and six yards in the opener and have allowed just 43 yards per game to the position since. After seeing him drop some catchable passes, Kittle's hands may prove to be more of a problem for him than the quarterback. Both C.J. Beathard and Garoppolo targeted him roughly four times per game in 2017 before his bigger feature role in '18. Beathard did hit Kittle for a touchdown that was erased by penalty after Jimmy G. exited last week. He has averaged five grabs and 85 yards in his two road outings. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   |   $5700


David Njoku saw seven targets in each of his first two games before dropping to just two last week. Of course, that leads to what will the connection be between he and Baker Mayfield. Njoku's meager yardage counts have increased each week. The Raiders have allowed just three catches and 35 yards to tight ends thru three games but not a one of them is ranked in this week's top 20 so take that with a grain of salt. He has made public comments about liking how Mayfield operates but starting him this week is really rolling the dice on whether he becomes a safety valve or favorite target early in the rookie quarterback's season. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 7.5/10   |   $4200


Jared Cook's yardage totals have decreased for the third straight week, and he faces a Browns defense that has only allowed 32 yards per game and the second-least fantasy points to the position. Those numbers were skewed a bit last week by a Jets TE trio that are probably only known to their family and friends. Two interesting notes with Cook and Oakland's passing game. One, he was targeted five times in the red zone last week and had a touchdown reversed and spotted short. And two, David Carr seems to pick one guy from the receiving corps (excluding running back Jalen Richard) weekly to feature. In each of the three Raiders games, a different pass catcher led the group in targets and topped 100 yards while the next highest never went over five targets or 49 yards. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 7.5/10   |   $5900

The big question with Ricky Seals-Jones this week is if there is any chemistry or safety valve situation with new Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen. Seattle has not given up more than 47 yards to a tight end in their last 10 games (to something called Geoff Swain last week). They also have allowed just two scores to the position in that span. Seals-Jones didn't find the score sheet and had just one target in the 2017 season finale between these two teams. Despite Seals-Jones catching his first touchdown in eight games last week, you are basically playing the lottery with him and Rosen to see if there is a connection here. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 7.25/10   |   $4500


The Bengals have allowed the fifth-most points to the tight end position. They have also given up a tight end touchdown in five of their past seven outings. Austin Hooper has seen a shade over four targets per game. Matt Ryan is averaging 35 passes per contest while the Falcons have scored 68 points in their last two home games so there certainly will be opportunities through the air. He has only topped 50 yards twice in his last 18 games so this is more of a touchdown dependent play. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 7.25/10   |   $5000


The Falcons had only allowed one tight end to top 60 yards in their last 22 games before Ben Watson hung 71 on them last week. Tyler Eifert reappeared on Andy Dalton's radar and could benefit in this one against this Atlanta defense that continues to be hampered by the losses of Keanu Clark, Deion Jones and now Ricardo Allen. Eifert's targets have increased each week, and Atlanta's two home games have averaged 67 points (between both teams). With a 51 point over/under, this game should be another shootout. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 7/10   |   $4300

Austin Seferian-Jenkins has averaged three catches, 22 yards per game and one total touchdown. The Jets have allowed a shade under two catches, 22 yards per game and one total touchdown to tight ends so far. You get a pretty good idea where this is probably headed. Unless Blake Bortles changes things up or the Jaguars suffer an in-game injury, I would expect similar numbers for him against his 2017 club. Check his status as he has been limited in practice with a core muscle injury. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 7/10   |   $4900


Tennessee has been the toughest club against tight ends, giving up an average of just two catches and 23 yards per game. We have some fake news here, however, as not one of those tight ends should be anywhere near a fantasy roster. Philly has averaged a league-leading 11 catches and nearly 120 yards per game from the position. It is very clear with Carson Wentz back in the saddle that he intends to keep using them. Dallas Goedert was targeted seven times by Wentz in their first game together, leading the team in receptions and scoring. He may seem like a bit of a flier compared to a handful of the guys ranked behind him, but I see a chance to get ahead of the curve on Goedert. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 6.75/10   |   $3900


The Steelers have allowed the second-most fantasy points to tight ends, which really says something because Cleveland had just 25 yards and no scores from the position against them in the opener. They were subsequently blistered by Travis Kelce (7-109-2) and the OJ Howard/Cameron Brate tandem (9 grabs, 106 yards and a score). Mark Andrews has scored and put up a pair of 30 yard receptions over the past two games. On the downside, the rookie has only seen about four targets per game for Joe Flacco. Seeing how poorly Pittsburgh has defended the position recently and with Hayden Hurst not yet back from injury, Andrews should merit consideration as a streamer or cheap DFS option. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 6.75/10   |   $3100


Will Dissly has seen his yardage totals decrease from 104 to 42 to 4 on just one catch and three targets. Part of this came directly from Pete Carroll deciding to run Chris Carson 80 times after benching him and Dissly constantly having to block. It is tough to know which way Carroll will approach the running/passing ratio this week so Dissly will be a wild card. Arizona has allowed at least 55 yards or a touchdown to their opponents starting tight end in all three games of their games. - Jeff Maas (@manoflamancha)
Charch's Rating: 6.5/10   |   $3800