Six teams are on a bye in Week 7; the most at any point during the season. The bye week waters can be tricky to navigate, especially at a shallow position like tight end. But, hopefully, my Week 7 tight end rankings and notes can provide some guidance. This week, Dawson Knox, Dalton Schultz, Dan Arnold, Jared Cook, Tyler Conklin, and Pat Freiermuth will all be out. There’s lots to consider, so let’s get to it!
One of the biggest headlines last week was the Zach Ertz trade to the Cardinals. The move is good for both Ertz and Dallas Goedert, as the two were splitting time in Philadelphia. Moving forward, Goedert should be more of a focal point in the Eagles’ offense and gets the bigger fantasy boost. But, Ertz also finds himself in a good situation. He’s now on a pass-happy, high-octane offense. The only downside is that there are a lot of mouths to feed in Arizona.
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Week 7 Tight End Notes
Week 7 Byes: BUF, DAL, JAX, LAC, MIN, PIT
Kyle Pitts returns from his bye week in Week 6. He’s coming off his best game of the season where he caught nine of 10 targets for 119 yards and his first touchdown. The Falcons have a favorable matchup this week against Miami. The Dolphins have allowed 13 receiving touchdowns this season, tied for fourth-most through six weeks. I like Pitts’ chances to score again this week.
On the flip side, Mike Gesicki continues to be an offensive weapon for the Dolphins, regardless of who is playing under center. Gesicki led the team with 115 receiving yards in Week 6 and is a top-eight tight end this week against the Falcons and their leaky secondary.
Dallas Goedert landed on the COVID-19 list and missed Week 6. It’s unclear if he’ll return this week. But if he does, he’ll no longer have to share the tight end spotlight with Zach Ertz. He gets a plus matchup in Week 7 against the Raiders, who are giving up the seventh-most fantasy points to tight ends on the season.
Ricky Seals-Jones has been a nice fill-in for Logan Thomas. He’s played close to 100% of snaps in each of the past two weeks and has a combined 15 targets in that span. The Football Team will likely be playing from behind in this one, and Taylor Heinicke should continue to look Seals-Jones’ way in Week 7 against the Packers.
Rob Gronkowski was close to returning last week and could be back in Week 7. If he returns, he gets a tough matchup against the Bears, who are allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points to the position. However, Gronk should still be inserted into lineups and is just outside my top-12 this week.
Hunter Henry, Mo Alie-Cox, and C.J. Uzomah are all decent fliers this week, especially if injuries and byes are taking a toll on your lineups. Henry is the best option, especially from a target standpoint, but all have three touchdowns in the past three weeks.
Week 7 Tight End Rankings
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