The Dolphins and Ravens combined for a total of 80 points in Week 2, making fantasy managers who rostered players from these teams very happy. That was certainly the case at the tight end position, where Mark Andrews caught nine-of-eleven passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. He’s always a top-option but just misses the number one spot in my Week 3 tight end rankings.
In injury news, be sure to monitor Dalton Schultz’s status this week. He’s dealing with a PCL injury he suffered in Week 2, and it’s unclear whether he’ll miss any time. The Cowboys don’t play until Monday night, so it’s best to have a backup tight end in mind for this week.
George Kittle was reportedly close to playing last week, so keep an eye on his status as well throughout this week. If he plays, insert Kittle into your starting lineup.
Week 3 Tight End Notes
- Tyler Higbee continues to soak up targets for the Rams. He caught seven of nine targets for 71 yards in Week 2, and he’s seen 20 targets through the first two games of the season. Additionally, his 26.3% target share is second only to Cooper Kupp’s 38.2%. The Rams take on the Cardinals who have allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Fire Higbee up with confidence for what should be a high-scoring affair.
- Zach Ertz finished Week 2 with eight catches for 75 yards. He also led the Cardinals with 11 targets on the day. Ertz should continue to get extended looks with DeAndre Hopkins and Rondale Moore out for the next couple of weeks. He gets a tough matchup against the Rams who defend the tight end position well. However, the game has the potential for a shootout, making Ertz a top-10 option this week.
- Logan Thomas caught three of five passes for 37 yards and a touchdown in Week 2, finishing as the TE5. Thomas also saw an increase in his playing time – a trend that should continue as he recovers from a torn ACL. That’s good news for fantasy managers since the Commanders have been a surprisingly pass-happy offense to start the season – their 613 passing yards are second-most and their seven passing touchdowns are tied for league-best. Thomas is a low-end TE1 this week.
- The Jets have also been throwing a ton. They lead the league with 104 pass attempts and Tyler Conklin has been benefitting. He saw seven targets in Week 1 and nine targets in Week 2. Conklin’s combined 56 receiving yards on the season isn’t setting the world on fire, but he has one touchdown and his 16% target share is second-most on the Jets. It’s only a matter of time before he gets more red-zone looks. The Jets should continue to air it out this week against the Bengals, making Conklin a sneaky streamer.
Week 3 Tight End Rankings
Note: Ranks are based on half-PPR scoring
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