Week 2 marked the return of familiar faces to the week’s top tight end performances. T.J. Hockenson led the position, catching 7-of-8 targets for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Heavyweights Mark Andrews and Travis Kelce returned last week and quickly cemented themselves as the week’s TE3 and TE4, respectively. Hunter Henry came up big again in Week 2, and rookie Sam LaPorta could be a weekly top-12 option moving forward. There’s a lot to cover as we look at the Week 3 tight end rankings, so let’s get to it!
Tight End Notes
- Hunter Henry is crushing it. He’s the TE2 on the season and is the only tight end to log at least five receptions, 50 receiving yards, and a touchdown in each game. Henry should continue to roll this week. He faces a Jets defense that allowed Dallas tight ends Jake Ferguson and Luke Schoonmaker to each hit pay dirt in Week 2. Fire Henry up with confidence this week.
- Kyle Pitts can’t be started with confidence. Not only did he have a poor Week 2 (2-of-5 for 15 yards), but he was outperformed by fellow tight end Jonnu Smith (4-of-6 for 47 yards). Additionally, the two tight ends are essentially in a timeshare, with Pitts playing 66.4% of snaps to Smith’s 60.4% through two weeks. It isn’t easy to trust either tight end right now – even with a plus matchup against the Lions in Week 3.
- Taysom Hill could make some noise this week. The Saints backfield is ugly right now with Jamaal Williams (hamstring) and Alvin Kamara (suspension) out in Week 3. That leaves Kendre Miller, Tony Jones Jr., and Taysom Hill likely splitting the workload. However, Hill has the most upside of the bunch and, as the team’s gadget player, can line up at quarterback and tight end. Last week, Hill threw a pass for eight yards and rushed for 75 yards on nine carries. You’ll gladly take that production from the tight end position. Hill is generally a crapshoot, but he’s a gamble that could pay off in Week 3.
- Cade Otton is coming off a solid Week 2, catching all six of his targets for 41 yards. He has yet to score a touchdown, but Otton is getting volume – he led the Buccaneers in snaps (97.2%) and route participation (78.4%) last week, and he’s third on the team in targets. Otton has a dream matchup this week. He faces a Philadelphia defense that is the worst unit against tight ends this season. The Eagles have allowed the most receptions, touchdowns, and the second-most receiving yards to the position. Don’t be surprised if Otton nabs his first score of the season this week.
Week 3 Tight End Rankings
Note: Ranks are based on half-PPR