by Dante Pitts
Gronk owners rejoice! You’ve found some consistency in the Tight End position this season. As for the rest of us, the waiver wire is starting to look like a bargain bin trying to find the right player. Overall, there hasn’t been a lot of production from TE’s this season and it looks pretty bad as we are approaching the half way mark. In my last article, I was high on both Delanie Walker and Jack Doyle and both fulfilled my predictions. Let’s take a quick recap of Week 7 and what we can look forward to in week 8:
Delanie Walker: Walker caught 7 of 8 passes for 84 yards and 1 touchdown during his match-up with the Colts. Walker led the Titans offense in receptions, yards, and targets. Mariota had an “ok” game but will continue to look for Walker as the Titans offense has shown some improvement. Walker took a shot during the game that resulted in a bruised chest. The Titans have a quick turnaround this week as they face the Jacksonville Jaguars in a Thursday night game. I would monitor Walker’s health before game time.
Jack Doyle: Allen is out and Doyle looks like he will be the starting TE1 in Indianapolis for a while. Doyle played a majority of snaps against the Titans and had 78 yards for one touchdown. He is only owned in 30 percent of leagues and I am surprised it is not higher. If you looking for a tight end to get you some points, Doyle should be your pickup.
Cameron Brate: Brate caught all 3 of his targets for 29 yards. The Bucs have found some new success in the running game with Jacquizz Rodgers and this, as a result, had an effect on the production of Brate. Even with Vincent Jackson out, it didn’t give quite enough of a boost to the 3rd year tight end. I would be wary of Brate going forward.
Sleeper: Vernon Davis: Jordan Reed is out and this gives a boost to Vernon Davis. He caught all six of his targets for 79 yards. Washington will be playing in London in week 8 and will be facing a Cincinnati defense that has allowed the 5th most points to Tight Ends.
DFS: There are 6 teams going on a bye week in week 8 and the talent pool at the Tight End position is starting to look thin. This week, I am going with Travis Kelce; he has a great match-up going against the Indianapolis Colts. Mentioned above, Delanie Walker had a good outing against the Colts and Kelce should be able to get some good numbers too. Although he only had 5 catches for 56 yards these past two weeks, he should be able to turn it around during week 8. In their past two outings, the Colts have given up a touchdown to an opposing tight end and rank 27th against the position.