Week 10 could be a tough one for tight ends, production-wise. Some of the top options at the position, including Travis Kelce, Dallas Goedert, George Kittle, T.J. Hockenson, and Pat Freiermuth are opposing defenses that have allowed one touchdown or less to tight ends this season. Yikes! All of these guys are still must-start options, but temper your expectations when considering the Week 10 tight end rankings.
There are also a couple of injuries that need to be monitored this week. Evan Engram suffered a back injury that limited his playing time in Week 9. Dan Arnold would take over the TE1 role if Engram misses time. Darren Waller has been dealing with a lingering hamstring injury and hasn’t played since Week 5. Foster Moreau will continue to fill in until Waller returns. David Njoku suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 7 and is hoping to return this week. If he does, he gets a nice matchup against Miami. If not, Harrison Bryant will take over lead tight end duties. As always, be sure to monitor the injury reports throughout the week and make necessary adjustments to your lineups.
Week 10 Tight End Notes
Bye Weeks: BAL, CIN, NYJ, NE
- Cade Otton had his best finish of the season in Week 9. He caught five-of-six targets for 68 yards and scored Tampa Bay’s only touchdown of the day. Otton has been operating as the team’s primary tight end since Week 7, with Cameron Brate out with a neck injury. He’s been targeted at least five times in each of those three games and has at least 64 receiving yards in two of them. Otton gets a tasty matchup this week against Seattle. The Seahawks have allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends this season. They’ve also given up the second-most receiving yards to the position. Tampa Bay has their bye in Week 11, which means Otton should remain the team’s lead tight end for at least one more week, if not more.
- Greg Dulcich has scored the sixth-most fantasy points among tight ends since his Week 6 debut. He has a combined 17 targets over that three-game span, in addition to seeing an increase in receiving yards over that period. In Week 8, Dulcich caught four of his five passes for a team-leading 87 yards. He’s coming off his bye week and should continue to see volume in a solid matchup against Tennessee. The Titans have allowed the fifth-most receiving yards and eleventh-most fantasy points to the position. Dulcich is a TE1 for me this week.
- Tyler Higbee was a target hog for the Rams in the first five games of the season, averaging 9.6 targets per game over that span. But he’s recently seen a sharp decline in the target department, seeing a combined nine targets in the past three games. However, despite the decline, I’m cautiously optimistic about Higbee in Week 10. He faces a leaky Arizona unit that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. They’ve also surrendered the most touchdowns to the position (7).
- Cole Kmet has finished as a top-12 tight end in back-to-back weeks. In Week 9, he had his best game of the season, catching five of his six targets for 41 yards and two touchdowns. Kmet has three touchdowns in two weeks and has an opportunity to add to that total this week. He gets a tasty matchup against Detroit in Week 10. The Lions have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. They’ve also given up five touchdowns to the position, tied for third-most. Keep in mind that there is some risk with Kmet. Prior to last week, he hadn’t seen more than four targets in a game. He’s also never topped more than 45 receiving yards this season. However, Kmet is worth a roll of the dice this week as the Bears’ offense is cruising.
Week 10 Tight End Rankings
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Note: Ranks are based on half-PPR scoring