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12 Formation: Tight End Start/Sits Week 4!

It’s time to win another matchup in Week 4! Always want to start strong! @DarthDbacks has the tight end starts/sits, so you can win this week!

What’s up, Nerds?! Who’s pumped for Week 4 to be here for the 2021 NFL Season!!! The season is flying by already! I can’t wait to review these tight end starts/sits next week to see how they went. We have an amazing squad full of Nerds to provide you all the starts/sits so you can win your matchup every week. This is going to be the longest season yet with 17-game schedules! More football is never a bad thing. Week 3 was insane for tight ends with many coming back to life, exploding, and/or falling flat.

The Dynasty Nerds 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.

The Team doing Start/Sits

QB: Jayson Snyder @Spydes78

RB: Gage Bridford @GbridgfordNFL

WR: Tristan Cook @Tristancook_

TE: Jake Oliver @DarthDbacks

FLEX: Ethan Wyatt @ethanAwyatt

IDP: Jon Glosser @Glosser13

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. It is referring to the fact that he is projected among the top-12 TE of the week. TE1=top-12, TE2=finishing between top-13-24. Finally, all the rankings are pulled from Fantasy Pros Weekly Expert Consensus Rankings.

Now, you may be wondering who I am since I’m not the same guy from last year. My name is Jake Oliver. I’ve been with the Nerds since June. I have written a lot of articles with this wonderful team since then. Also, I have written the first two Tight End Start/Sit. I’m so excited to be writing this series for this year! I’ll be doing my best to help you all win each week. Finally, the tight end market is rather hard to navigate, with so many being just average in fantasy.

These are articles made out of love and passion for fantasy football, the NFL, and helping others. If you all have any questions or comments, hit me up on Twitter, in the comments here, or on Discord in Fantasy Football Chat! I’ll be posting a bunch and love to engage with anyone. We would appreciate it a lot if y’all checked out the other start/sit articles as they rock too! One final tidbit, if you’re wondering why Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, or George Kittle aren’t listed, well, that’s because you need to START YOUR STUDS! These guys are ones that you start them once and forget about them. I’ll be focusing on the other tight ends that are a bit trickier to decide whether you should start them or not.

First, let’s review my picks from last week. I’m curious to see how well or horrible I did in Week 3 and to keep me accountable.

Robert Tonyan: He had 1 catch on 1 target for 6 yards. Enough said. Next!

Jared Cook: 2 catches on 3 targets for 27 yards brought him to a TE27 finish. Not the TE1 finish I wanted. Time to get out of the kitchen.

Cole Kmet: Now for the Muppets vs the Browns. Well, at least the Muppets would be entertaining. The Bears played horrible Sunday. As you might be able to figure, Kmet only had 1 catch on 4 targets for a whopping 11 yards.

New England’s TE’s: Well, we have figured out that Hunter Henry is the Tight End that you want in fantasy. He had 5 receptions for 6 targets for 36 yards. He made my prediction as mid-TE2 with his TE18 overall finish. What about Jonnu? Jonnu had 1 reception out of SIX targets for only 4 yards. Yes, 4 yards. I sure hope you took my advice and didn’t start him.

Mike Gesicki: Well, well, well, Mike Gesicki has come back from the grave. Just when we thought he was gone forever, he was given a second chance. In an overtime game with Jacoby Brissett at QB, Mike got fed. Who knew we just needed Jacoby at QB? Just kidding. Yes, I was wrong after Mike went 10 receptions off of 12 targets for 86 yards. That’s good enough for a TE3 overall finish. I’m happy I was wrong on Gesicki.

Dawson Knox: Alright, Knox had to prove me wrong. I didn’t think he would get another touchdown, but he did. 4 catches off of 5 targets for 49 yards and a touchdown got him a TE9 overall finish. This was a rough week for my predictions. 2/7 is not a good finish.

Overall, on the Season: 12/25.

Tight End Starts

Rob Gronkowski Tight End Start/Sit Tampa Bay Buccaneers
From The Boston Globe

Tight End Start of the Week: Rob Gronkowski

Hi, this is Revenge Week. Regardless of how much New England did for Gronk, you can be 100% sure that Gronk is going to do his best to show up his old team. After all, he did retire just to get away from the team. I’m 10000% expecting the best Gronk Spike we have ever seen. Gronk’s been busy this year spiking balls after already catching 4 touchdowns through 3 weeks. Gronk should be getting fed by Tom Brady this week who’s looking to conquer the Patriots in his revenge game narrative. Plus, Tom’s trying to set a few records this weekend too. He wants to beat all 32 NFL teams, and he wants to set the All-Time passing yards record. He should do both Sunday.

Irrespective of the fact the New England has been the best against tight ends this year, Gronk should still get targets. He’s most likely the best tight end of all time, there’s no way Brady doesn’t target him. Gronk is Brady’s favorite weapon in the red zone. In fantasy, that’s our tight end dreams that we wish would come true. More targets in the red zone equal more points. You can’t score touchdowns if you’re not on the field in the red zone.

Good thing Gronk from Emperor’s New Groove lives in the red zone. Gronk’s averaging 7 targets a game, good for third among tight ends in the NFL. With that many targets and a great QB along with a massive revenge game story, look for Gronk to finish as a TE1. Ignore the practice reports about his ribs, yes, they may be sore, but there’s no way that he misses this game. Fire up Gronk for another great game.

Start: Mike Gesicki

Yes, Mike Gesicki has cured the Zombie plague he had fallen prey to. He had started the year miserably with two massive duds to start the year. Who knew that all he needed to get right was the Raiders and Jacoby at QB? He had 12 targets last week which is insane. That’s not likely to be repeated. However, we can expect them to not crash down to 2 like in week one. In Gesicki’s last two games, he has 18 receptions for 127 yards. If we go by PPR scoring, that puts Gesicki 5th overall in fantasy scoring with an average of 12.9 points per game.

We can expect Gesicki’s success to continue as he runs a lot of wide receiver routes and doesn’t block nearly as much. With a QB that seems to rely on Gesicki, he should continue to keep progressing towards the career year we were expecting him to have. Mike’s getting back on track, and this should be one more week that continues that track. It’s not an easy match-up though. The Colts have been tough on tight ends allowing only 5.4 points to the position per game on average. Yet, with the Dolphins spreading the ball around and relying on passing, it should allow Gesicki to keep getting targets. Look for Gesicki to finish as a late-TE1 as he continues to rebuild fantasy players’ trust.

Start Austin Hooper

Hooper is semi-back! He’s at least becoming a start-able Tight End for fantasy once again. With Jarvis Landry still out, Baker is focusing his targets on Hooper and Odell Beckham-Jr. Hooper’s averaging 8.2 points per game so far this year on just under 4 targets a game. He’s not sexy or exciting, but he’s reliable. You know what you’re going to get from him every week which is 8-10 points. That’s a big plus over the likes of Tyler Conklin, Jared Cook, and Dallas Goedert who vary in highs/lows every week.

Austin Hooper has a desirable matchup this week against the Minnesota Vikings. Yes, the same team who allowed Maxx Williams to get the most receiving yards by a Cardinals tight end since the 1990s. The Vikings are the 8th-easiest matchup for tight ends so far this year. Don’t be surprised when Hooper finishes as a high-end TE2, or a TE1 if he gets a touchdown. I’d be very tempted to start him this week.

Other Tight End Starts: Noah Fant, Tyler Higbee

Tight End Sits:

Tight End Start/Sit Evan Engram New York Giants
From Big Blue View

Tight End Sit of the Week: Evan Engram

Why would you trust the king of drops? Hmm. Why trust the man who takes a step and ends up on the questionable to return list? Hmm. Why trust the man who is about to be heavily covered by defenses as the Giants wide receivers try to come back to life after all of them getting hurt last week. In my opinion, you have a higher risk for a zero or under-three-points total in PPR than you do for getting 10+ points. He had only two catches last week and FUMBLED.

Plus, this week, he is facing the New Orleans Saints who have allowed on average 4.3 points to the TE position in the past three weeks per game. With that hard a matchup, it’s hard to envision a positive game for Engram. Sit him until he has a “big” game, then trade him. I’d be shocked if he finishes more than a late TE-2 finish.

Sit: Jonnu Smith

Ignore the fact that Jonnu is in a timeshare with Hunter Henry for the lead tight end spot in New England’s complicated and messy passing corp. It seems that we have no clue who will be taking the lead role for Mac Jones’ passing attack each week. The only constant is that Hunter Henry has been getting more and deeper targets. He also catches his targets whereas Jonnu only caught 1 of his 6 targets last week. That’s not a good way to build trust with a rookie QB.

Despite Jonnu’s three drops and Hunter getting more passing work, they are facing the tough-nosed Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense. One can easily expect Tom Brady to light up the Patriots which will force the Pats to throw more. However, when you have to deal with Devin White and Lavonte David covering you, you can’t expect to do much. The Bucs are averaging 8.4 points allowed per game to Tight Ends, which is why I won’t be starting Jonnu. The Pats know they need to attack the corners of Tampa Bay. This is setting up for Jonnu to finish as a TE-2 at best. Now watch him go score a touchdown just to spite me.

Sit: Dalton Schultz

Don’t go fishing for fantasy points that happened last week. I don’t think anyone foresaw Dalton Schultz finishing as TE1 on the week entering Monday’s game. He had 6 catches for 80 yards and 2 touchdowns. While it’s probably safe to say that Schultz has overtaken Blake Jarwin as the tight end to own in Dallas, we can’t guarantee it. I need to see Schultz do another solid performance against a team that has an actual defense. The match-up was perfect for him to get work as the Eagles have no linebackers, Cooper was locked down by Slay, and the rushing game led the way.

I wouldn’t recommend starting him in any league this week unless it’s a tight-end premium league. It’s just a risk not worth taking. The Cowboys are facing the Carolina Panthers who have allowed a minuscule 3.4 points to the Tight End position per game so far this year. Meanwhile, they just lost their top cornerback to an injury. Expect the Cowboys to target the wide receivers rather than the tight ends this week. Schultz shouldn’t finish higher than a TE2. Now, watch him score three touchdowns since that’s how this season is going.

Other Tight End Sits: Tyler Conklin, Dawson Knox

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Good luck with your Week 1 matchup, especially with your tight end starts! I truly hope you win! As always, I hope you follow me @DarthDbacks. I love to talk football, baseball, movies, shows, Star Wars, Marvel, and of course to interact with the fantasy football community. Join Fantasy Football Chat and get tons of access to the best fantasy football chat group where many Nerds hang out in. It’s free too!

As always, May the Force be with You…

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