Week 11 Tight End Sleepers: Jonnu Has Arrived
Through 10 weeks of the NFL season, we still know nothing. Eric Ebron scored three touchdowns on Sunday on only 38 percent of the Colt’s offensive snaps. Ebron has 10 touchdowns in nine games and is on pace to break the single-season record for touchdowns in a season by a tight end (Rob Gronkowski: 15 in 2011). Ebron is not one of my Week 11 tight end sleepers.
This week we want to talk about a couple of guys that have produced recently. Offenses around the league know what works at this point. Look at guys like Aaron Jones and Nick Chubb. Imagine how ridiculous it would be for teams to stop using these players at this point in the season.
While coaches in the NFL are without a doubt stubborn – and game script dictates opportunity- it is important to distinguish the reliable from the inconsistent. So, of course, let’s try to project consistency with perhaps the most unpredictable position in Fantasy Football.
Week 11 Tight End Sleepers
Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans
So, that whole “Teams figure it out” take from earlier? Jonnu Smith played on 92 percent of snaps in a game against the Patriots that Head Coach Mike Vrabel really wanted to win (and they did). Yeah, I think the Titans get it.
Smith was my Week 2 Tight End after Delanie Walker was lost for the season. Smith has been completely unusable, however, as he was predominately a blocking tight end for the first few weeks in his expanded role.
Smith is coming off of the two best games of his career, scoring a touchdown in two straight weeks. He plays a Colts team in Week 11 that has given up at least 50 yards in seven of nine games this season.
Jordan Thomas, Houston Texans
Ryan Griffin was a guy I was higher on than most. The starting tight end on a DeShaun Watson lead team appealed to me in streaming options. I was wrong.
But, the Texans have won five straight games and are coming off of a bye week. Jordan Thomas is responsible for three of the Texan’s touchdowns in the past two weeks. Griffin missing two games combined with the Texans playing well has made Thomas a startable asset. Just like the Titans and Jonnu, the Texans have found a way to utilize their gigantic tight end (Thomas is 6’5″ and 277 pounds!).
Thomas is less than 10-percent owned on most platforms and is a spot-start option in streaming situations. How often does a player score three touchdowns in two weeks and is that lowly owned? If you’re hurting at tight end he may be worth a stash for the long haul and should be owned in dynasty.
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