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Erickson’s Top Fantasy Football Takeaways: Tight Ends (2022)

Sep 27, 2022
Erickson's Top Fantasy Football Takeaways: Tight Ends (2022)

Here are my top takeaways from Week 3 and the fantasy football stats you need to know as you prepare for Week 4. You can find my full Week 4 Usage Report here.

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Erickson’s Top Takeaways

  • Move on from TE Albert Okwuegbunam. Just a 32% snap share in Week 3…which is not going to get in done for fantasy football. Especially with rookie Greg Dulchich returning after Week 4.
  • George Kittle caught four of his five targets for 28 scoreless yards in his first game of the season. But he played a team-high 91% of the snaps and ran a route on 82% of dropbacks, suggesting that he is fully over the groin injury that sidelined him to start the year. If you are sick of streaming TEs off the waiver wire, Kittle should be your priority trade target.
  • Wouldn’t read too much into Hayden Hurst‘s down game. Entered the contest extremely questionable and was out-snapped by Mitchell Wilcox likely as a result of his groin injury.
  • Logan Thomas‘ 64% route participation from Week 3 is a good sign as it was a bump from his Week 2 usage (57%). However, it’s still not in the range that we are accustomed to seeing tight ends be reliable for fantasy purposes.
  • Pay no attention to Dallas Goedert‘s mediocre snap share (64%) or route participation (56%). He missed a portion of the game dealing with a shin injury.
  • Evan Engram is a constant headache. Looks like a prime streamer entering Week 3, but duds out with one catch for nine yards. However, he came extremely close to converting his end-zone target into a score, but failed to get his feet inbounds. And we can’t just completely write him off in an ascending offense with his high-end 80% route participation.
  • TEs that saw multiple red-zone targets that did not score in Week 3 include: Zach Ertz (3), Darren Waller (2) and Jonnu Smith (2).
  • Robert Tonyan‘s usage continues to progress. Route rate up to 61% in Week 3 and his target rate per route run remains high (32%). Don’t let him slide through waivers. 27% target share versus the Buccaneers.
  • Before you blow your waiver wire load on Jelani Woods, just know this. He ran a route on just 26% of dropbacks – fewer than fellow teammate TEs Mo Alie-Cox and Kylen Granson.

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