Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fantasy Football Start'em, Sit'em: Week 2 Fantasy Tight Ends

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Coby Fleener is listed below as a "start" for Week 2. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 2 with him as my starting tight end.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Rob Gronkowski and Fleener, you should start Gronk -- and in turn, bench Fleener.

So, while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

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Week 2 Fantasy Football TE Start'em

TE - Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles (at KC)

Ertz led all tight ends with eight receptions in Week 1 and only Austin Hooper (128) had more receiving yards (93). Going back to last season, Ertz has 48 catches for 536 yards and three touchdowns on 62 targets over his past six games. Typically a matchup against the Chiefs is a difficult one for opposing tight ends, but the season-ending Achilles injury to Eric Berry changes that dynamic completely.

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TE - Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints (vs. NE)

In an expected shootout with the week's highest over-under (57.0), many players in this game should have productive outings on Sunday. In the opener, Fleener had five catches for 54 yards and a touchdown to finish with 11.4 fantasy points (TE4). As the Patriots typically game plan to take away an opponent's most dangerous weapon, that could open things up for Fleener as the Patriots try to limit Michael Thomas.

TE - Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills (at CAR)

Still available in more than three-quarters of Yahoo! leagues, Clay is a solid streaming option. Given the turnover in the receiving corps, Clay led the team in targets last week and actually tied Delanie Walker and Jason Witten for the most targets by any tight end in Week 1. With nine targets, Clay's 33.3-percent target share led all tight ends and he converted his opportunities into a 4/53/1 line, good for the fifth-most fantasy points last week.

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Week 2 Fantasy Football TE Sit'em

TE - Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (vs. ARI)

Getting just three targets last week, Doyle had two catches for 41 yards against the Rams. The Rams are historically tough against opposing tight ends, but so are the Cardinals. With Andrew Luck (shoulder) sidelined another week (and probably more), the Colts are projected to be one of the league's lowest-scoring offenses once again. Only five teams are projected to score fewer points than the Colts (18.50).

TE - Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers (vs. MIA)

Per PFF, Henry logged just 23 snaps (compared to 38 for Antonio Gates) on Monday night. More importantly, only seven of Henry's snaps were pass snaps (30.4 percent) compared to 27-of-38 (71.1%) for Gates and the second-year tight end was not targeted by Philip Rivers on any of those seven snaps. Ultimately, I expect to see more of Henry this week and in the future, but he is just outside my top-12 fantasy tight ends for Week 2.

TE - Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (at DEN)

Last week, Witten was on the "Start'em side" of this post as he faced the Giants. In five games against the division rivals since the start of the 2015 season, Witten has averaged 6.8/56.8/0.6 on 9.4 targets per game. In comparison, he has averaged 4.25/41.46/0.14 on 5.75 targets per game in all other games during that span.

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