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12 Formation: Tight End Start/Sits Week 6!

It’s time to win another matchup in Week 6! Let’s finish the first 1/3 of season strong! @DarthDbacks has the tight end starts/sits, so you can win this week!

What’s up, Nerds?! Who’s pumped for Week 6 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 with 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 5 was rather meh for tight ends with many coming back to life, exploding, and/or falling flat. Fort Knox continued to produce Fantasy Gold.

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.

These articles are 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.

Week 5 Review

First, let’s review my picks from last week. I’m curious to see how well or horrible I did in Week 5 and to keep me accountable.

Dalton Schultz: I said that Dalton would finish as a TE1 on the week and after 6 catches for 79 yards, he did. He finished as TE7 overall on the week.

Hunter Henry: I said Start Hunter Henry as he’s going to be a TE1 last week. 6 catches, 75 yards, a touchdown, and 19.5 PPR points later made him the TE5 on the week. Easily a TE1, SCORE!

Mike Gesicki: I said Mike would be a TE1 on the week and missed. He got 8.3 points and finished as a mid-tier TE2. Sorry folks.

Dawson Knox: Said to start Dawson ‘Fort’ Knox and I sure hope you did. He had three receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown! That’s a TE4 overall finish on the week!

Dallas Goedert: I said to start Dallas and I hope you didn’t. Goedert only had 4.8 PPR points. Not good.

Jared Cook: I said to sit Jared Cook as he’s in for a rough day in which he could finish as a low-TE2. Turns out, even that was optimistic since he finished as a TE4 for the week. He had 1 reception for 29 yards against the Browns.

Maxx Williams: Well, the Fantasy overlords just refuse to let us have a TE that’s relevant on the Cardinals. Maxx was set up to be that guy until he got hurt on his first catch of the day. He’s now on IR and expected to miss the rest of the season. Hope you didn’t start him as he only had one reception for 14 yards.

Robert Tonyan: Another week, another massive dud by Robert Tonyan. He’s been a major let-down and continued being one after posting one catch for 8 yards. Hope you didn’t start him.

Tyler Conklin: Another let-down at the tight end position after recording only 4.5 PPR points last week. He wasn’t even in the TE2 range.

Evan Engram: Evan! Of course, he blows up for a TE1 finish against the Cowboys. I mean, it’s not like he was the only player besides Toney that was on the field for the offense. Oh wait, he was. He had 4 receptions for 55 yards en route to TE11 overall on the week. I still wouldn’t start him.

Overall, for the week: 7/10. Overall, for the season: 24/44

Tight End Starts

Tight End Start Sit week 6 New England Patriots Hunter Henry Dynasty Nerds
From DraftKings Nation

Tight End Start of the Week: Hunter Henry

It’s pretty much official that Hunter Henry is the receiving tight end in the Patriots system. He’s getting more playtime, more targets, and just more everything, except blocking. He caught a touchdown in back-to-back weeks. In the red-zone so far, he’s gotten three targets with two touchdowns to show for it. You have to be on the field to catch passes or do anything in general right? Well, Hunter has been on the field for 71% of the snaps. Jonnu’s only been on the field for 55% of snaps.

Additionally, Hunter has 26 targets. Through 5 games, Jonnu has 23. That’s close. Yet, last game, in week 5, Hunter had 8 targets compared to Jonnu’s 2. In fact, Jonnu’s not out-targeted Hunter since week 2. This week should be more of the same as Mac develops a better rapport with Hunter. Mac’s targeting Hunter a ton in the last two weeks, as he has 13 targets for 10 catches, 107 yards, and two touchdowns. That’s great for tight ends. In Jonnu’s last two games, he’s gotten 7 targets for 5 receptions, 41 yards, and a touchdown. That’s what Hunter did in just one week on his own. Actually, he did better.

Anyways, start Hunter Henry. He’s the receiving tight end for a rookie quarterback that is throwing well. It also doesn’t hurt that Hunter’s facing the Cowboys this week. Yes, the same Cowboys who let Evan Engram have a TE1-tier finish in Week 5. The Cowboys are giving up the 8th most fantasy points to tight ends with 10.2 points per game. Look for Hunter to get targets on Sunday.

Start: Dawson Knox

Man, what is going on with Dawson’s Creek? I don’t know what exactly is going on, but I’m sure not going to question it. Every year, a player breaks out hugely, and it seems like Dawson is one of them. If only because he can’t stop eating touchdowns like their Halloween candy. He’s giving opposing defensive coordinators nightmares on how to stop Knox in the red-zone.

In fact, in the Red-Zone, he’s the jewel of Josh Allen’s eye. He’s had 6 targets, 5 receptions, and 3 touchdowns when inside the 20-yard line. That’s gold. Thank goodness that it’s being stored in Fort Knox. (Pun intended). Last week, he had a 53-yard reception. What kind of freaky Sunday movie is this? I don’t know and not sure I care. After all, when a guy is getting consistent targets, at least 4 every week minus one, and catching those targets, 75% catch rate, then all that matters is playing time. Guess what? He’s getting 78% of the snaps. That’s 9th for tight ends in the NFL. More playing time equals more opportunity. More opportunity equals more fantasy points.

There’s no competition for targets either as he has 24 targets on the year to Tommy Sweeney’s 3 for the Buffalo Bills. I’m running Dawson out there every week until I get busted. He’s facing the Titans in week 6, which should be tough. The Titans are allowing only 3.1 points to tight ends per game. Yet, I’m still a believer in Dawson. If Josh believes in him enough to throw to him consistently, then why wouldn’t you?

Start: Dan Arnold

Hey Arnold! Sorry, if you didn’t get that reference. Anyways, Dan Arnold has a rather tasty match-up this week in London. And, if you lost your TE1 like Gronk or Goedert this week, you could do a lot worse than starting Dan Arnold. In only his 2nd game since being acquired from Carolina, he had 6 receptions for 64 yards for Jacksonville.

Urban Meyer is planning to use him heavily to not only help Trevor Lawrence but probably because Urban essentially traded a top-10 pick for him. Yes, he traded CJ Henderson for him. Anyways, in only two games with the Jags, Dan’s already got the most tight end targets on the team with 10. I’d look for that to continue, especially since the team lost DJ Chark for the season and seem to not understand how to use Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault. It’s almost like Urban didn’t realize he’d be facing Alabama every week.

Plus, in last week’s game, Dan got a red-zone target. If those keep growing, I like his chances for a touchdown. Again, do I think Dan’s going to pop off for an amazing game in London. No, not really. But, do I think that he will at least give you 8-10 points and a chance your match-up over any of the guys listed to sit below, yes, I do. This week he faces Miami. The Dolphins have allowed an average of 8.8 points per game to opposing tight ends. That’s the 13th worst in the league. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take my risks as the Jags play another home game in London.

Other Tight End Starts: Tyler Higbee, Ricky Seals-Jones, Mike Gesicki

Tight End Sits:

Tight End Start Sit week 6 David Njoku Cleveland Browns Dynasty Nerds
From Dawg Pound Daily

Tight End Sit of the Week: David Njoku

ALERT, ALERT, DO NOT START BROWNS’ TEs. At least not this week, or for the foreseeable future, as we have no clue who is going to lead that pack of dogs week-in and week-out. Yes, David Njoku went berserk on the Chargers last week by catching 7 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. I don’t think he’s doing that again.

Njoku and Austin Hooper are saboteurs against each other. Austin, why did you let the Browns show you the money??? In the red-zone, Austin has 3 catches on 4 targets for 22 yards and a touchdown. What about Njoku? Well, David has 2 catches on 2 targets for a touchdown. Sigh, not much love for either of them there. What about targets? Those always tell you who is the lead dog. Well, usually. In this case, David has 17 targets and Austin has 16 targets through 5 weeks. That’s not ideal. It’s just a mess all around. Looking at snap shares doesn’t help either. Hooper has 68% snap share and Njoku has 63% snap share. Might as well go buy some lottery targets.

This match-up this week doesn’t help matters either. They are facing the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals’ defense has been surprisingly great this year. They are allowing the fewest fantasy points to tight ends in the NFL. That’s right, the Cardinals. They give up 2.4 points per game. Now, I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable starting either of these two tight ends if I literally had anyone else.

Sit: Robert Tonyan

What a LETDOWN this year in fantasy football. Yes, we knew his touchdown rate wouldn’t happen again this year. Yet, I don’t think anyone has been let down this hard since the Star Wars sequels came out. Robert become the invisible man on the field this year. In four of his five games this year, he has less than 2 receptions. He’s only been targeted more than 4 times once, and that was in Week 4. He got targeted 7 times, but only caught 2. You know A-rod didn’t like him after that game.

To make matters worse, he’s only had a yardage total of over 10 yards once, when he had 52 yards in Week 2. That’s right, he can’t even get above 10 receiving yards. He’s gotten 1 touchdown this year too. He’s still getting Red-Zone looks this year as he has 4 targets and caught 3 passes. So, I’m sure he goes off for four touchdowns this week just to take more of the tiny bit of credibility I have.

Anyways, I just wouldn’t feel comfortable starting a player who hasn’t scored over 4 points in PPR leagues except once. Leave him on your bench until he proves otherwise. The dominant snap share he has over the other two Green Bay TE’s helps, but not unless he’s getting targets. Now Tonyan has to deal with the Chicago Bears. Yes, the same ones who have shut down TJ Hockenson and Darren Waller. Robert’s not even close to their talent. Look for him to help lower Chicago’s 4.8 weekly points allowed to TEs.

Sit: Tyler Conklin

Guess what, it turns out that Minnesota’s offense can’t sustain a great rushing attack and three pass-catchers every week. Shocking I know. Also, it turns out that Tyler Conklin isn’t some great unforeseen player that no one was expecting. Ever since Conklin’s massive Week 3, in which he had over 20 PPR points, he’s totaled 10.3 PPR points. Yes, he has barely reached half of what he got in Week 3.

Tyler’s not someone I want to be relying on to help me win my match-up. If you’re rebuilding, go ahead and start him. Chances are, he’ll help you accomplish your goal of losing. Conklin’s had 3 red-zone targets and has caught all three of them. However, I can’t trust that he’s going to get those targets every game. Especially with Dalvin Cook coming back from injury. Dalvin’s got to earn his keep after all. The Vikings aren’t even really sustaining Adam Thielen anymore. It’s become the Justin Jefferson and whichever healthy running back show.

The only saving graces for Tyler are his playing time and targets. He’s had 25 targets to Chris Herndon’s 2. That’s an average of 5 targets per game. That’s pretty good. Additionally, he has played on 76% of the available snaps. Thus, there’s potential for him to break out. However, until we start seeing some results, and I mean multi-week results. He’s best left on the bench. To add to that, just look at his match-up. He faces the Panthers this week. They’ve given up 6.7 points to the TE position per week, 21st in the league. Don’t be surprised when he doesn’t do amazing this week.

Other Tight End Sits: Jonnu Smith, Austin Hooper

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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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