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Will week 2 bring breakouts or busts at the tight end position? @dynastydadmike takes a look at the position and helps guide the way.

Sup Nerdherd! With the draft over and real-life NFL football back in our lives, the DynastyNerds writers are here to provide you with your weekly starts and sits. We will be making our recommendations based on weekly consensus rankings from FantasyPros. Here are the cast and the position groups they will be covering to help you win your week. Follow us, friend us, stalk us, whatever floats your boat!

  • QB: Mike Liu (@MikeMeUpP)
  • RB: Erik Kortz (@ekballer)
  • WR: Tristan Cook (@tristancook_)
  • TE: Mychal Warno (@dynastydadmike)
  • FLEX: Tyler Grzegorek (@tyler_grez)

I will be tackling the Tight End position. Keep in mind this will not include the obvious starts of studs such as Travis Kelce, Evan Engram, Zach Ertz, and George Kittle. If you got them, you are starting them. START YOUR STUDS!

STARTS

Darren Waller (TE10)

Waller has a juicy matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs in a game that will have a lot of offensive production. A trendy sleeper in the offseason Waller made his Raider debut playing every offensive snap and logged 7 catches for 70 yards as well as leading the Raiders in targets with 8. Waller slides into the role Jared Cook had last year which produced 900 yards receiving Coach Jon Gruden is also on record with his love for Waller. Gruden said role didn’t necessarily grow because Antonio Brown isn’t there “We’re going to get the ball to Waller. Waller’s special,” Gruden said. I have no hesitation in starting Waller in Week 2 and going forward. 

Jimmy Graham (TE16)

Jimmy Graham showed glimpses of his old self in Week 1 against Chicago where he went 3-30 with a touchdown. Graham looked faster and more explosive than he did last year. Next up, Graham faces Minnesota wherein 2018 in his two games against them he produced a stat line of 8 catches for 127 yards. Let’s also not forget that Minnesota just gave up 9 receptions to Atlanta tight end Austin Hooper in Week 1. I look for Jimmy Graham to out produce his ranking of tight end 16.

Austin Hooper (TE15) 

Speaking of Austin Hooper, he also lands in the start category. Hooper started his 2019 season off with a 9 catch 77-yard performance against the Minnesota Vikings. Hooper was the second most targeted player on Atlanta behind only superstar wide receiver Julio Jones. Next up are the Philadelphia Eagles who are currently 7th in most fantasy points allowed to the tight end after allowing a 5-67-1 performance to 35-year-old Washington Redskin tight end Vernon Davis. I look for Hooper to follow up his week 1 performance with a trip to the end zone in Week 2.  

SITS

Jared Cook (TE6)

Let me start by saying, I am not a Jared Cook fan as far as fantasy due to unpredictable game flows until last year. Cook has always been an inconsistent player which leads me to steer clear of him in my starting lineups. Cook was targeted just three times in a game where Drew Brees passed the ball 43 times putting Cook fourth on the team in targets behind Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas, and Ted Ginn Jr. While the matchup does seem favorable in an NFC Championship rematch against the Los Angeles Rams, I would be wary of Cook in my starting lineup until his role becomes more defined. I am going against consensus by having Cook as a sit.

Eric Ebron (TE17)

Ebron finished Week 1 with 1 catch for 8 yards while being targeted 3 times, he did have a touchdown but dropped it which will not come as a shock to Detroit Lion fans or most fantasy football fans. Ebron also was on the field less (25 snaps) than his tight end counterpart Jack Doyle (43 snaps). Quarterback Jacoby Brissett has shown a rapport in the past with Doyle that he has not established yet with Ebron. At this point, you are just hoping for an Ebron touchdown. I prefer Doyle this week and until Ebron shows me something different, I prefer Doyle in season-long format.

Vance McDonald (TE12)

Vance McDonald was on the field for 72% of Pittsburgh’s snaps in a game where Pittsburgh was predominantly playing from behind against the New England Patriots. However, McDonald did not see a target until the final 2 minutes left in the game. McDonald was targeted just four times catching 2 of his passes for 40 yards. Wide receiver Diontae Johnson and Ryan Switzer saw more targets than McDonald did. Seattle linebackers are known for their excellent coverage skills and with the Seattle Seahawk defense coming to Pittsburgh where in 2018 tight ends ranked 28th against the tight end position, I would look for other options at Tight End.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to hit me up on twitter @dynastydadmike. I love to talk football and always love to interact with the fantasy football community. Good luck in your fantasy football week 2 matchups as well as your season. Also, make sure you subscribe to the Nerd Herd where for 3 bucks a month, you get exclusive content, dynasty/rookie rankings, buy/sell tool, and more features that are coming soon. God Bless!


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