Tight ends have been driving NFL fantasy owners batty so far this year. For the second time this season, three unranked players topped the tight end fantasy points leaderboard. Ed Dickson led the way with 175 yards on five catches after never gaining that many yards in a season before. Veteran Darren Fells and rookie George Kittle each had over 14 points to come in behind Dickson.
With names like that popping up on the leaderboard every week, how are you supposed to know when to start ‘em and when to sit ‘em? Just ask us!
Start this guy: Virgil Green, DEN vs NYG
Veteran Virgil Green started the season with one catch in the season opener. Then he had two more in the second game and three more in the third. He didn’t catch any passes against Oakland in Week 4, but with the Giants coming to town Sunday night, he might catch those four, plus five more. One thing for sure is that he will score a touchdown. That is a requirement of every tight end who plays against New York. Last week, Hunter Henry became the sixth tight end to score in five games against the Giants in 2017.
Sit this guy: Evan Engram, NYG at DEN
Somehow, Evan Engram failed to catch a pass last week in a game in which there was only one healthy wide receiver by the final whistle. The rookie had a nice start to the season with over 200 yards in the first four games. His second quarter will continue to be a nightmare as Denver shuts him out again. Don’t fall for the line that Roger Lewis and Engram have to catch all the passes: three familiar wide receivers joined the Giants this week, the running backs will have an increased role against the Bronco rush, but Engram will struggle again.
Start this guy: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ vs NE
Since joining the Jets three weeks ago, Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been targeted 18 times by Josh McCown. The pair have yet to connect on a deep pass, but the tight end scored his first touchdown last week. New England gives up the third-most NFL fantasy points to tight ends, making Seferian-Jenkins a good play in Week 6.
Sit this guy: Jermaine Gresham, AZ vs TB
Carson Palmer targeted Jermaine Gresham quite a bit early in the season, but as the roles of his wide receivers and running backs developed after David Johnson’s injury, Gresham’s role has diminished. He only had five targets and four catches over the past two games. Sunday, he faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have been one of the stingiest teams as far as fantasy points to tight ends.
Start this guy: Ryan Griffin, HOU vs. CLE
Cleveland has been the most generous defense in the league for NFL fantasy points to tight ends. They have also given up a touchdown per game. Griffin was not very involved against Kansas City, but look for that to correct itself versus the Browns.
Week 6 flash in the pan prediction:
Pittsburgh’s Vance McDonald finally shows Pittsburgh fans why the Steelers traded for him, coming up with a long touchdown and a two-point conversion on his way to a 15-point NFL fantasy point finish.
Full disclosure: About last week
Once again, two out of three picks turned out okay. Hunter Henry and Austin Seferian-Jenkins scored touchdowns to make them worth their start, but so did David Njoku, whom I sat. Who knew Cleveland would put Kevin Hogan into the game? I also sat Eric Ebron (0 points) and Jack Doyle, who did not play. Starting Jared Cook proved to be my second mistake as he fumbled away the only points he gained.
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