by Dante Pitts
Week 1 was not too much of a productive showing for the Tight End position. Jason Witten led the charge with catches as he had 9 receptions for 66 yards. Although Dak had a pretty solid debut- a Tight End is a rookies best friend – expect Dak to continue to find Witten more often going forward.
- Dwayne Allen was set to be a fantasy lock this week but Jack Doyle seemed to outperform him on the field of play. Allen had 4 receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown while Doyle pulled in 3 receptions for 35 yards and two touchdowns. This isn’t a complete knock of Dwayne Allen as the departure of Coby Fleener still gives him upside. Allen is still available in 62.1 of ESPN leagues. The Colts are playing in high powered offense and Andrew Luck is going to share the ball around. Doyle is a blocking Tight End in the Colts’ offense and I don’t for see him becoming a TE1. Stick with Allen this season as the Colts continue to throw the ball down the field.
- Gary Barnidge fell off the map during week 1 as he had 2 targets and was unable to haul in either one. This has been Barnidge’s worst showing since week 17 of the 2014 season. As the RGIII experiment in Cleveland seems to be coming to a close due to his shoulder injury, this should put Josh McCown in command of the Browns’ offense. McCown is an efficient NFL quarterback and although he may not be as athletic as Griffin, he will be able to pass the ball.
- Jared Cook had two targets for 1 reception and 7 yards. The floor is pretty low for the Packers Tight End as a lot of Aaron Rodgers targets were aimed at Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, and Randall Cobb. Richard Rodgers had three targets which resulted in 1 reception for 22 yards. Part of this can be attributed to the game planning of the Packers, but part of it can be credited to the Jaguars defense. Right now I would place Cook as your TE2 into play going forward this season.
- Zach Ertz is listed as day-to-day as he has a significant rib injury. If you happen to own Ertz and are looking to fill his void, there are some Tight Ends that have great upside in the waiver wire. With the injury to Sammy Watkins Jr, someone in the Buffalo Bills’ offense will need to step to help fill his loss. In steps Charles Clay. Although he only saw three targets last week, Clay had pretty decent numbers last and makes for a low TE1 and and standard TE2
- Clive Walford had 3 catches last week for 25 yards. Walford is starting Tight End for the Raiders as he beat out Mychal Rivera. I would keep an eye out for him as he is going up against the Atlanta Falcons, who gave up four touchdowns to Jameis Winston and couldn’t seem to get a consistent pass rush either.
DFS Week 2: This week I am choosing somebody due to their match-up and seems that he will be poised for a big game. Eric Ebron against the Tennessee Titans is a favorable pick as my beloved Titans love to give points to the Tight End. The Lions are in a pass heavy offensive scheme evident by their barn burner with the Colts. Look for Ebron to have a solid performance against the Titans.