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Player Updates: Tight Ends
Get the latest news updates and fantasy analysis for tight ends from around the NFL.
Andrews, Mark (Bal)
Week 2: Mark Andrews caught 9-of-11 targets for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens’ Week 2 loss to the Dolphins. Andrews, after a quiet Week 1 against the Jets, was close to unstoppable against Miami, once again serving as Lamar Jackson’s top target and regularly burning single coverage over the middle. Andrews caught a one yard touchdown in the first half after a 26-yard touchdown was overturned on replay, as Andrews was ruled down at the goal line. Andrews’ ridiculous 2021 stats could once again be in play if Baltimore continues to operate as one of the NFL’s pass heaviest offenses.
Week 3: Mark Andrews has led the Ravens in targets in each of his games in 2022, but in Week 3, he’ll get a Patriots defense that has allowed 197.0 receiving yards per game so far this season, the ninth-lowest total in the league.
Bellinger, Daniel (NYG)
7/27: Giants activated TE Daniel Bellinger from active/PUP list.
Advice: Bellinger worked his way off the PUP list in just six days and took the field with the first team to open camp. Selected with the 112th pick in this year’s draft, Bellinger has been recognized for his standout efforts all spring and could play a significant role for the Giants early in the season. He’s worth monitoring ahead of fantasy drafts but is best served as a dynasty stash at this time.
Conklin, Tyler (NYJ)
Week 2: Tyler Conklin caught 6-of-9 targets for 40 yards in the Jets’ Week 2 win over the Browns. C.J. Uzomah was injured and inactive for this one, allowing Conklin to play an every-down role and finish second on the team with his nine looks. Conklin now has 16 targets through two games as one of Joe Flacco’s favorite safety blankets. Conklin is a low-floor, low-ceiling TE2 ahead of a Week 3 date with the Bengals.
Week 3: Tyler Conklin has seen 16 total targets for the Jets this season, and in Week 3, he’ll get a Cincinnati defense that has given up 211.0 passing yards per game in 2022, ranking them in the middle of the pack.
Engram, Evan (Jax)
Week 2: Evan Engram caught 7-of-8 targets for 46 yards in the Jaguars’ Week 2 win over the Colts. Engram’s targets actually led the team in a sleepy 24-0 victory. Although that 6.6 yards per catch is unimpressive, Engram was adding some rugged YAC, including stiff-arming Stephon Gilmore for a first down. The ex-Giant now has 11 grabs for 74 scoreless yards through his first two games in a Jags uniform. That is enough work to lock him into the top-18 tight end, while touchdowns will follow if he keeps drawing 5-6 weekly targets. The Chargers are a tough Week 3 matchup for the Jags’ offense.
Week 3: Evan Engram has caught 11 of the 12 passes thrown his way through two games with the Jaguars, but finding room in Week 3 won’t be easy against a Chargers defense that just held Travis Kelce to 51 yards.
Ertz, Zach (Ari)
Week 2: Zach Ertz caught 8-of-11 targets for 75 yards in the Cardinals’ Week 2 overtime win over the Raiders. No longer snap-counted as he completed his comeback from a calf issue, Ertz led the team in catches and yards while tying Marquise Brown with 11 targets. It is the role fantasy managers envisioned for Ertz in an offense running low on reliable pass catchers. Ertz should slot into the TE8-12 range most weeks, including next Sunday against the Rams.
Week 3: Zach Ertz seems fully recovered from a calf injury that limited him the Cardinals’ opener, and he led the team last week with 75 yards on 11 targets, and he should continue to be a featured part of the offense in a Week 3 matchup against a Rams defense that’s shut down both Dawson Knox and Kyle Pitts.
Everett, Gerald (LAC)
Week 2: Gerald Everett caught 6-of-10 targets for 71 yards in the Chargers’ Week 2 loss to the Chiefs. It was a(nother) nice statline for Everett in Los Angeles, but as is so often the case with the ex-Seahawk and Ram, fans and fantasy managers are only going to remember his screwup. Gassed following a 26-yard screen rumble in the fourth quarter, Everett begged out of the game after he advanced to the Chiefs’ three-yard line. Instead, the Chargers went hurry up and kept Everett on the field. Justin Herbert targeted him at the goal line, Everett could scarcely move toward the ball, and the attempt turned into a 99-yard pick six. Brutal, though it doesn’t show up in Everett’s 9/125/1 box score through two games in a Chargers uniform. He will operate as a high-end TE2 for Week 3 vs. the Jaguars.
Week 3: Gerald Everett has been surprisingly productive through his first two games as a Charger, but even if Justin Herbert is effective in Week 3 while playing through a rib injury, he could face a tougher challenge in Week 3 against a Jaguars defense that’s allowed less than 50 receiving yards a game and zero TDs so far to tight ends.
Freiermuth, Pat (Pit)
Week 3: Pat Freiermuth caught 2-of-4 targets for 41 yards in the Steelers’ Week 3 loss to the Browns. Freiermuth entered the evening with nine grabs through two games but didn’t make his first catch until the 3:07 mark of the fourth quarter. His second and final reception came one minute later. With Mitchell Trubisky struggling to generate offense and sustain drives, Freiermuth had zero targets before the final frame. Freiermuth will offer decent weekly touchdown odds and will have the occasional 6-7 catch effort, but Trubisky is severely capping his upside. Even for plus matchups like Week 4 against the Jets, Freiermuth is best treated as a back-end TE1.
Gesicki, Mike (Mia)
Week 2: Mike Gesicki caught all four of his targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins’ Week 2 win against the Ravens. Gesicki showed signs of life after a Week 1 in which he had one reception for one yard. It is, however, important to recognize he commanded a meager 8 percent target share against Baltimore in a barn burner of a contest. There’s probably nothing to see here in a Miami offense that will feature a concentrated target tree between Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. Gesicki might be a decent streamer in Week 3 against the Bills, assuming another pass-heavy game.
Week 3: Mike Gesicki has seen just five targets this season for the Dolphins, and in Week 3, he’ll get a Buffalo defense that has given up 149.0 passing yards per game so far in 2022, the second-lowest total in the league.
Goedert, Dallas (Phi)
Week 2: Dallas Goedert caught 5-of-6 targets for 82 yards in the Eagles’ Week 2 win over the Vikings. Goedert’s 82 yards paced the team on a night Jalen Hurts threw for 333 yards. One of the more explosive tight ends in the sport, Goedert is averaging 17.75 yards per catch on seven grabs through two weeks. He’ll be an easy TE1 play next week against the Commanders and beyond as an every-down player in the Eagles’ offense.
Week 3: Dallas Goedert is averaging 17.8 yards per grab thus far this season for the Eagles and will face a Washington defense in Week 3 surrendering 247 passing yards per contest, which is 20th in the NFL.
Higbee, Tyler (LAR)
Week 2: Tyler Higbee caught 7-of-9 targets for 71 yards in the Rams’ Week 2 win over the Falcons. Higbee has been Matthew Stafford’s clear No. 2 target through two weeks, out-targeting Allen Robinson 20-7 in that span while seeing a heavy dose of end-zone and short-area looks. Higbee, however, is almost incapable of coming up with big catches it seems. Stafford was picked trying to hit Higbee in the end zone Sunday. The on-paper numbers always look great or Higbee, but he needs to start converting some of these into meaningful grabs. Higbee will be a borderline TE1/2 for Week 3 against the Cardinals.
Week 3: Tyler Higbee has been targeted 20 times over the Rams’ first two games, and he should remain involved in the offense in a Week 3 matchup against a Cardinals defense that he averaged 41 yards against in two 2021 meetings.
Hockenson, TJ (Det)
Week 2: T.J. Hockenson (hip) is questionable for Week 3 against the Vikings. Hockenson got in three limited sessions this week. There’s been very little information about this injury, but hopefully it’s a case of little smoke where there’s little news. Hockenson will find himself on the TE1 radar yet again if he plays against the Vikings. He has 14 targets in his first two games of the year.
Week 3: T.J. Hockenson has seen seven targets in each of the Lions first two games, but that’s returned only a total of 64 yardsthus far, so he’ll need to be more efficient in a Week 3 matchup against a Vikings defense that hasn’t allowed the tight end position to score yet, but 146 total yards.
Hooper, Austin (Ten)
Week 2: Austin Hooper caught 1-of-4 targets for 19 yards in the Titans’ Week 2 loss to the Bills. Hooper brought his reception total to two on the season with his lone catch against the Bills on Monday. Far from a fantasy contributor at this stage in his career, Hooper can be kept on the waiver wire in all leagues. He and the Titans host the Raiders in Week 3.
Week 3: Austin Hooper has been limited to just two catches through two games with the Titans, but a Week 3 visit from a Raiders team that has allowed the third-most yards to tight ends (155) could provide an opportunity for Tennessee’s top tight end to get on track.
Hurst, Hayden (Cin)
Week 2: Hayden Hurst (groin) is questionable for Week 3 against the Jets. Hurst downgraded to a limited practice on Friday, but ultimately didn’t miss any of the three practices and is likely on the optimistic side of questionable. He’ll be an intriguing Week 3 streamer target against a Jets defense that hasn’t congealed as fully as hoped and has allowed 20 targets to tight ends in two games.
Week 3: Hayden Hurst has seen 15 targets across his two games for the Bengals this season, and in Week 3, he gets a Jets defense that has given up 216.0 passing yards per game in 2022, ranking them in the middle of the pack.
Johnson, Juwan (NO)
Week 2: Juwan Johnson caught 4-of-7 targets for 40 yards in the Saints’ Week 2 loss to the Bucs. Operating as the Saints’ starting tight end, Johnson has six catches on a dozen targets through two weeks. A former college wideout, Johnson could have some juice as a TE2 if he is running receiver routes as a tight end. He is worth an add in deeper leagues heading into his Week 3 matchup with the Panthers.
Week 3: Juwan Johnson has seen 12 targets through two games as the Saints’ top pass-catching tight end and he’ll head into a Week 3 matchup against a Carolina defense that has allowed only six receptions to opposing tight ends on the season.
Kelce, Travis (KC)
7/27: Chiefs signed Travis Kelce to a restructured contract.
Advice: According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Chiefs have moved money from the back of Kelce’s deal to this season. Originally set to earn a base salary of $6.5 million in 2022, Kelce remains one of the premier tight ends in the league heading into his age-33 season. The absence of Tyreek Hill will provide a boon to Kelce’s already high fantasy floor. He’s finished as the overall TE2 or better in PPR leagues since 2016.
Kittle, George (SF)
9/8: PFN’s Aaron Wilson reports that George Kittle (groin) is unlikely to play in Week 1.
Advice: Wilson cites two sources as saying that Kittle’s injury is “not good,” that it would be optimal for Kittle to rest for a week or two, and that the injury would limit his top-end speed. We’ll see if the injury report matches how dire this sounds, but Kittle managers should be scouring for alternatives. If it is indeed a Grade 2 strain, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Kittle sit out Week 1. NBCSportsEDGE.com
Kmet, Cole (Chi)
8/19: Cole Kmet caught two of three targets for 31 yards in the Bears’ preseason game against the Seahawks.
Advice: Kmet, who missed Chicago’s preseason opener, ran a pass route on five of the first team’s eight pass plays against the Seahawks. He connected with Justin Fields on the Bears’ best play of the night — a 19-yard completion in the first quarter. Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy has hinted Kmet will play a variety of roles in Chicago’s new offense, and could be the team’s primary red zone threat. Kmet is a decent late-round flier in 12-team fantasy leagues.
Likely, Isaiah (Bal)
Week 2: Isaiah Likely caught 4-of-5 targets for 43 yards in the Ravens’ Week 2 loss to the Dolphins. Despite failing to haul in any of his four targets in Week 1, Likely was once again involved in the passing attack, finishing behind only Mark Andrews and Rashod Bateman in targets. There might not be that many targets to go around, especially once J.K. Dobbins returns, but Likely has a chance to emerge as the clear No. 3 option in the passing game.
Week 3: Isaiah Likely (groin) is questionable for Week 3 against the Patriots. Likely did not miss a practice this week, getting in limited work in all three sessions. That puts him on the right side of questionable for Week 3. After being held without a catch on four targets in Week 1, Likely rebounded with four grabs for 43 yards last week. He is a strong stash in dynasty leagues but shouldn’t be looked to as a streaming option in season-long formats.
Njoku, David (Cle)
Week 4: Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said coverage schemes will dictate David Njoku’s involvement in the passing offense. “We have talked about it. There are games where coverage dictates the ball goes elsewhere, and he blocks his rear end off,” Stefanski said after Njoku’s career Week 3 game against the Steelers, in which the sixth-year tight end caught nine of ten targets for 89 yards and a touchdown. A week after running a route on 63 percent of Cleveland’s drop backs against the Jets, Njoku in Week 3 had a strong 87.5 percent route participation. Unfortunately for Njoku drafters, Stefanski and the Browns value Njoku as a run and pass blocker. His production could seesaw all season if the opponent’s coverage truly determines how he’s used.
Week 3: David Njoku has topped 40 yards in a game just twice since the start of last season for the Browns, but in Week 3, he gets a Steelers defense that has given up 275.5 passing yards per game so far in 2022, the third-most in the league.
Parham Jr., Donald (LAC)
9/8: Chargers TE Donald Parham (hamstring) did not practice Thursday.
Advice: Parham would certainly seem unlikely to play after back-to-back DNPs to start the week. If he sat, it would likely shift targets to Gerald Everett and Josh Palmer. Parham missed most of August with the hamstring injury and, at this point, could be trending towards a PUP or IR listing. NBCSportsEDGE.com
Smith, Irv (Min)
Week 2: Irv Smith caught 5-of-8 targets for 36 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings’ Week 2 loss to the Eagles. After goose-egging on two targets in Week 1 and playing behind blocker-type Johnny Mundt in the opener, it was Smith who paced the Vikings’ tight ends in snaps and finished second on the team with eight targets. Smith’s touchdown was a short two-yarder in the second quarter, the Vikings’ lone score of the day. Smith will be little more than a mid-range TE2 for a Week 3 date with the Lions.
Week 3: Irv Smith saw his snaps increase, and the production came and could have been considerably larger if not for a drop, making him an emerging upside option for the Vikings and fantasy managers alike in a Week 3 contest against the Lions that could shoot out, and one that’s allowed 97 yards and a score to the position through two outings.
Thomas, Logan (Was)
Week 2: Logan Thomas caught 3-of-5 targets for 37 yards and one touchdown in the Commanders’ Week 2 loss to the Lions. Thomas was missed high on a Carson Wentz pass in the third quarter, which resulted in Wentz’s lone interception on the afternoon, but the Commanders would rebound on the following drive. On the ensuing drive, Wentz and the Commanders would drive down the field on several big plays, with Thomas ending the drive on a 20-yard score. Thomas has looked healthy through two games after his 2021 ended with a torn ACL. He’s seen 11 targets on the season but is nothing more than a streaming option next week against the Eagles.
Week 3: Logan Thomas found the end zone last game for Washington, has notched 11 targets through the first two games of the season, and will face an Eagles defense in Week 3 that allowed two passing touchdowns in its only other road game of the 2022 campaign.
Tonyan, Robert (GB)
9/7: Robert Tonyan (knee) was limited in Wednesday’s practice.
Advice: Tonyan came off the PUP list August 15 and has been making steady progress ever since. The limited practice puts him on track to play Week 1 against the Vikings. He could be a big red-zone weapon for the Davante Adams-less Packers this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com
Waller, Darren (LV)
Week 2: Darren Waller caught 6-of-8 targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders’ Week 2 overtime loss to the Cardinals. Waller’s first score of the season came in 1-on-1 coverage against an overmatched LB Ezekiel Turner in the end zone. It was the kind of play Waller can make in his sleep, and something he could be called on to do frequently as defenses obsess over stopping Davante Adams in the red zone. Waller has now produced TE1 statlines in both an Adams blow-up and no-show. The Titans are on deck for Week 3.
Week 3: Darren Waller caught what should be be the first of many touchdowns last week in the scheme of new Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels, but he faces what could be a tough matchup in Week 3 against a Titans defense that’s given up less than 25 yards a game and zero TDs to tight ends so far.
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