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12 Formation: Tight End Start/Sits Week 3

It is Week 3 and @dynastydadmike has his starts and sits to keep your dynasty teams thriving!

Hey Nerds! The DynastyNerds writers are here to provide you with weekly starts and sits. We will be making our recommendations based on weekly consensus PPR rankings from FantasyPros. Here is our squad, and the position groups they will be covering to help you each week. Follow us, friend us, tweet us, we look forward to hearing from you!

 NOTE: Rankings are based on a 12-team PPR league. So, saying WR2 means top 24, or TE1 means top 12, etc. and are pulled from Fantasy Pros consensus expert rankings.

We are almost a quarter of the way done with the 2020 NFL Season. Thankfully, the NFL testing and policies in place during this pandemic have allowed for a safe and healthy season so far regarding Covid-19. Overall for Week 2, your favorite dynasty tight end analyst did fairly well for himself. The starts included Hunter Henry (14.3) and Evan Engram (12.5), each finished with double-digit points. My other start Jared Cook did catch a TD pass but managed only 9.3 points. My players to sit were Eric Ebron (7.3) and Chris Herndon (1.5); both had single-digit performances. Wait, don’t throw a party yet. Another sitt was Mike Gesicki, who finished as the second-highest tight end scoring 27 points. Well, if you are still reading this article, I thank you, and I am sorry. Week 3, shall we????


STARTS

Logan Thomas – Washington Redskins (TE14)

Hear me out on this one first before you dismiss me. Logan Thomas has received 17 targets in his first two games, which ranks third among tight ends. He will now face the Cleveland Browns, who have allowed the second-most points to the position this year and the most targets to the position. The Browns have also given up 4 touchdowns already to the position in two games.

Noah Fant – Denver Broncos (TE13)

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Courtland Sutton tore his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. While Jerry Jeudy will see the increase of looks as the new WR1 for the team, I believe Fant to be the biggest benefactor. Fant has scored touchdowns and double-digit fantasy points in each of his two games this year.

Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans (TE9)

Smith has been a fantasy surprise this week and is currently your #3 scoring tight end on the year. Jonnu tied for second on the team in targets last week after AJ Brown’s absence. Smith is also second in the league in touchdown catches behind only Calvin Ridley. He now will face the Vikings, who just allowed Mo Allie-Cox to catch 5 balls for 111 yards against them.

SITS

Rob Gronkowski – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (TE21)

It doesn’t appear to be the same Gronkowski out there for Tampa Bay. He looks like someone who spent his time in retirement partying and winning WWE Championships…. Oh wait, he did. While Gronk will always be one of my favorite NFL players of all time, he can be trusted to start for your fantasy teams as he has only seen 4 targets in 2 games and a mere 11 receiving yards on the season. I look forward to seeing Gronk smash again, but I don’t see it coming this week.

Austin Hooper – Cleveland Browns (TE16)

It seems pretty clear after two weeks into the season, Cleveland wants to be a run-first team. Washington is currently the 31st ranked offense, behind only the Jets. I anticipate the game script to favor Cleveland, which will allow them to stick to their run-first style similar to the game against Cincinnati. Also, add that Hooper currently is sitting at 25th in the league in tight end targets, I consider Hooper a sit for this week.

Dalton Schultz – Dallas Cowboys (TE26)

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If you start Schultz this week, I feel you are chasing the fantasy points. Seattle is currently 5th in fewest points allowed. On the season, Seattle has allowed just 5 receptions and 57 yards to the position and have yet to allow a tight end. If you are streaming tight end, I would look elsewhere (possibly Drew Sample), who has a very favorable matchup.

Good luck with your Week 3 matchups! As always, please follow me @dynastydadmike. I love to talk football and always love to interact with the fantasy football community. I also love to talk about superheroes, movies, and pro wrestling. So, hit me up!

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