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Fitz’s Fantasy Football Week 3 Rankings, Tiers & Start/Sit Advice (2022)

Sep 23, 2022
Fantasy Football Week 3 Start/Sit Advice

We’re two games into the new season, and things still feel unsettled. Perhaps it’s because so few teams use the preseason as a dress rehearsal these days. As a result, the first few weeks of the regular season have a preseason feel to them, with roles still not clearly defined in some cases, and with some players still trying to get into regular-season form.

Translation: I’m making excuses for why it’s been hard to do coherent player rankings early in the season.

But hey, let’s give it another shot. Here’s how I’m ranking and tiering players for Week 3.

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QUARTERBACKS

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Tier 1

Josh Allen lit up the Rams for 297 passing yards in Week 1 and racked up 317 yards against the Titans in Week 2, even though the Bills won both games comfortably and could afford to take their foot off the gas early. Now Allen faces Miami in a game with a 52.5-point Vegas total, and he’s getting WR Gabriel Davis back.

Jalen Hurts is averaging nearly 30 fantasy points a game, yet he’s only thrown one TD pass. In addition to his 576 passing yards, Hurts has 147 rushing yards and three TD runs. If you just isolated his rushing stats and categorized him as a running back, Hurts would be tied with James Robinson for RB5 in standard scoring.

Patrick Mahomes has 595 passing yards and a 7-0 TD-INT ratio, and he’s going to match wits with Colts DC Gud Bradley, against whom he’s been historically successful.

Tier 2

Last week, Jackson went berserk against the Dolphins, becoming the first player in NFL history with both a TD pass and a TD run of 75+ yards in a single game. Now he gets a road game against the Patriots. He’s faced Bill Belichick and the Pats twice before in his career. He’s averaged 206 passing yards and 58 rushing yards in those games, with three TD passes and two TD runs.

Tier 3

Justin Herbert would have been atop this tier, but his status looks extremely uncertain because of fractured rib cartilage. The Vegas line on Jaguars Chargers dropped from Chargers -7 to Chargers -3, a strong indicator that Herbert is unlikely to play.

You’re not benching Kyler Murray, but realize that he hasn’t fared especially well in six career starts against the Rams, averaging 233.1 passing yards and 24.3 rushing yards a game, with seven TD passes, six INTs, one TD run and a 1-5 record.

Joe Burrow has already been sacked 13 times. If his offensive line can protect him, he should feast on a Jets pass defense that ranks 32nd in DVOA.

Matthew Stafford has thrown more interceptions (5) than TD passes (4), but he gets a favorable draw this week against a bad Cardinals defense. In the 21 games Stafford played last season, playoffs included, two of his three highest single-game passer ratings were posted against the Cards. When he faced Arizona in a January playoff game, Stafford averaged 11.9 yards per pass attempt.

Kirk Cousins ran his career Monday-night record to 2-10 with a disastrous performance against the Eagles in Week 2, but he has a get-well home matchup against a Lions defense giving up 290 passing yards per game.

Derek Carr faces a Titans pass defense that has allowed six TD throws and ranks 26th in DVOA.

Tier 4

Just when we thought Russell Wilson was going to be allowed to cook in Denver, he gets saddled with bumbling sous chef Nathaniel Hackett. Wilson’s numbers haven’t been awful, but he has only two TD passes in two games.

This might be an optimistic ranking for Tom Brady considering that he’s going to be without WRs Mike Evans (suspension) and Chris Godwin (hamstring), and might also be with WR Julio Jones (knee).

It will be interesting to see how Aaron Rodgers and the packers attack the Buccaneers, who have a pass-funnel defense. The Packers have two good RBs and a weak group of WRs.

It’s a Carson Wentz revenge game! As noted by my colleague Matthew Freedman in his excellent Freedman’s Favorites article, Wentz has a league-high 10 pass attempts of 20-plus yards downfield as well as back-to-back games with 300 yards and multiple TS passes. He’s also attempted 85 passes in his first two games — artificially high pass volume pumped up by negative game scripts in each of his first two starts.

Tier 5

The Trey Lance naysayers apparently view Jimmy Garoppolo as a modern-day Joe Montana, even though the 49ers gave up multiple first-round picks to draft Lance as Jimmy G’s replacement. In reality, Garoppolo is perfectly average. Some stats will tell you that the Denver pass defense he faces this week is a bad matchup, but the Broncos have faced Geno Smith and Davis Mills in their first two games, making their defensive stats look good.

Jameis Winston is playing with four fractures in his back, which is concerning. The good news is that his WR trio of Michael Thomas, Jarvis Landry and Chris Olave has been very good.

Ryan Tannehill gets a good matchup against the Raiders, but is it possible that the Titans, already sitting at 0-2 in a murderously difficult conference, could turn to rookie backup Malik Willis before long? The risk of an in-game benching drops Tannehill a spot or two for me.

Trevor Lawrence looks much better through the first two weeks of the 2022 season than he did last year, but the Chargers are a tough matchup.

Matt Ryan had a disastrous outing last week in the Colts’ road loss to Jacksonville. He’s expected to get WR Michael Pittman back from a quad injury, and it’s possible Ryan will have to throw early and often to keep up with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.

Daniel Jones has thrown for under 200 yards in each of his first start and hasn’t provided much as a runner. It seems unlikely he’ll have his first big game of the season against Micah Parsons and the tough Dallas defense.

The Ravens’ pass defense is exploitable, but Mac Jones and Patriots play caller Matt Patricia might not be able to exploit it.

Marcus Mariota has weekly rushing upside, and after starting the season with tough matchups against the Saints and Rams, he gets a softer matchup against the Seahawks.

Joe Flacco has a league-high 103 pass attempts, and while it’s unreasonable to expect Flacco to keep hoisting it up at this rate, he’ll continue to throw often and gets to leverage a high-quality collection of pass catchers. He’s not a bad starting option in superflex leagues.

Tier 6

Abandon hope all ye who enter here.

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RUNNING BACKS

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Tier 1

Jonathan Taylor investors were no doubt frustrated by JT’s 9-54-0 rushing day in Week 2 and hoping for a rebound game against the Chiefs. Kansas City’s run defense ranks sixth in DVOA and is yielding 3.6 yards per carry to opposing RBs.

Christian McCaffrey had a 100-yard rushing days in Week 2 but hasn’t really delivered the good as a pass catcher yet, with 8-50-0 receiving in his first two games. The Saints have given up just six catches to running backs so far. Still, would it be a surprise if CMC had an 11-catch game this week? The explosion is coming.

After being bottled up by the Eagles last week, Dalvin Cook gets a friendly home matchup against a Lions defense that has given up a league-high four TD runs.

Tier 2

Austin Ekeler scored 20 touchdowns in 2021 but has yet to find the end zone in 2022, and he faces a Jaguars team that hasn’t allowed a touchdown to a running back this season.

Joe Mixon has a league-high 46 carries, has added 10 receptions and is about to face a Jets defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to RBs.

Nick Chubb is a ground-gaining machine. Watching him run is a joy.

Although Saquon Barkley‘s 21-72-0 rushing day against the Panthers in Week 2 wasn’t particularly rewarding for his fantasy managers, those managers have to be pleased that Barkley had 39 carries in his first two games and is the centerpiece of HC Brian Daboll’s offense.

Playing on a tender ankle, D’Andre Swift got only seven touches last week but turned them into 87 scrimmage yards and a touchdown. Now he travels to Minnesota to face a Vikings run defense that’s giving up 5.3 yards per carry.

This ranking reflects concern about Derrick Henry, who’s averaging 3.1 yards per carry behind a decaying offensive line and hasn’t seen a target yet this season.

The Buccaneers have a tough run defense, even without injured DT Akiem Hicks, but Aaron Jones can be defenses as a runner or as a pass catcher, and he’s immensely valuable to a Green Bay offense that has so little firepower at wide receiver.

San Francisco has allowed a league-low 105 rushing yards and probably has the best set of off-ball linebackers in the league. It’s a tough matchup for Javonte Williams, but it’s encouraging that Williams is being used so heavily in the passing game, with 16 targets already.

Tier 3

Najee Harris has been a disappointment thus far, but you know he’s going to keep getting abundant touch volume.

It seems as if there’s still a lot of skepticism about Antonio Gibson. We’ll have to reassess things when Brian Robinson returns from his gunshot wounds, but Gibson is the main man for now and has handled 37 touches in his first two games. This week he faces an Eagles defense that locked down Dalvin Cook in Week 2 but was scorched by D’Andre Swift in Week 1.

David Montgomery continues to get a robust workload, and his high-volume role should be more valuable than usual this week in a home matchup against a Texans defense that gave up the most rushing yards to RBs in 2021.

On one hand, Leonard Fournette has 45 carries over the first two weeks of the season, and the Bucs figure to lean on him heavily this week with WRs Mike Evans and Chris Godwin both out (and maybe Julio Jones, too). On the other hand, Fournette is dealing with a tender hamstring and has been woefully inefficient as a receiver this season, with 19 receiving yards on six targets.

Alvin Kamara missed Week 2 with a rib injury but has been practicing this week. Hopefully he’s healthy enough to capitalize on a matchup against a Carolina defense that has given up 269 rushing yards to opposing RBs through two weeks.

Tier 4

The Eagles came into Week 3 ranked second in rushing yardage (379) and first in rushing touchdowns (6). A lot of that has to do with QB Jalen Hurts, but Miles Sanders has 30-176-1 rushing as the chairman of the Eagles’ RB-by-committee.

Clyde Edwards has looked terrific, averaging 7.7 yards per carry and 10.9 yards per catch, but he’s logged just 15 carries in two games and has played only 41% of Kansas City’s offensive snaps — a smaller snap share than Jerick McKinnon.

Packers RB A.J. Dillon has a tough matchup against the Buccaneers tis week but is a great bet for double-digit carries and a handful of targets.

Ezekiel Elliott currently ranks RB47 in half-PPR fantasy scoring. Vintage Zeke is gone, but things will get better.

After difficult matchup against the Saints and Rams, Cordarrelle Paterson gets an easier draw against the Seahawks.

With Elijah Mitchell on the shelf, the 49ers’ Jeff Wilson had 18 carries and two receptions last week, totaling 103 yards from scrimmage against the Seahawks. He figures to have a beefy role again this week now that Tyrion Davis-Price is out with a sprained MCL.

Tier 5

James Robinson is the RB6 in half-PPR scoring, but I do worry about early-down backs on teams that are going to be facing their fair share of negative game scripts. The Jaguars are likely to be such a team, and the game script could potentially turn negative for them this week against the powerful Chargers.

After running as the Rams’ lead back in Week 1, Darrell Henderson had a narrow snap advantage over Cam Akers in Week 2, and Akers out-carried Henderson 15-10. Henderson has a plus matchup against the Cardinals, but the division of labor in the Rams’ backfield is a wild card.

Dameon Pierce played a much bigger role in Week 2 than he did in Week 1, and he has a soft matchup against a Bears defense that has allowed 256 rushing yards to opposing RBs.

Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson continue to split work for the Patriots. Harris has a 24-17 advantage in carries and, unexpectedly, a 5-4 edge in targets. But Stevenson is the bigger pass-catching threat, and the Patriots face a Ravens defense that has given up 19 receptions to RBs this season.

For now, Michael Carter is still the lead guy in the Jets’ backfield, but the Breece Hall takeover is coming.

Tier 6

So far, Breece Hall has played only 37% of the Jets’ offensive snaps. But the split between Michael Carter (60%) and Hall might be so lopsided because the Jets have trailed for nearly all of their first two games, and Carter is the designated passing-down back. When the Jets eventually get a more run-friendly game script, it’s possible we’ll see Hall get a bigger snap share and more carries.

Considering that the Bills have won their first two games by 21 and 34 points, you’d think that Devin Singletary would have more than 14 carries.

Rashaad Penny is still ostensibly the lead back for Seattle, but he’s sharing early-down work with Ken Walker and ceding passing-down snaps to Travis Homer.

You’d think Tony Pollard‘s outlook would be diminished with Dak Prescott injured, but Pollard had 98 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown last week with Cooper Rush at quarterback. Pollard had either a carry or a target on 16 of his 24 snaps last week.

The tectonic plates are still shifting beneath the Rams’ backfield, so it’s hard to tell what sort of role Cam Akers will play against the Cardinals this week. It’s still possible he overtakes Darrell Henderson as the lead guy. It’s worth tracking this battle because the Rams have always had a prolific offense under HC Sean McVay. In McVay’s five seasons, the Rams haven’t finished lower than 11th in total yards.

Perhaps Travis Etienne’s workload isn’t quite what some of us had hoped it would be, but 7.5 carries and 4.5 targets a game should equate to flex-worthiness most weeks.

Jamaal Williams is a viable flex play this week against a shaky Minnesota run defense.

The Miami backfield is pretty inscrutable right now, with Raheem Mostert and Chase Edmonds splitting work. Avoid both this week in a touch matchup against Buffalo.

Melvin Gordon’s snaps have been reduced, but he’s still had double-digit carries in each of Denver’s first two games.

J.K. Dobbins (knee) could make his 2022 debut this week, but it’s a good bet that he’ll be playing on a snap count and will have his carries managed.

Tier 7

This is a tier full of backups who’ll get some Week 3 work. I’ll highlight three of the more interesting guys from this tier:

Josh Jacobs didn’t make the trip when the Raiders traveled to Nashville for their game with the Titans. Zamir White, Ameer Abdullah and (if healthy) Brandon Bolden will pick up the slack, but the division of labor is uncertain.

Rookie Tyler Allgeier had 10 carries last week, and there may be room for more while Damien Williams is sidelined with a rib injury.

Khalil Herbert could have sneaky upside in a favorable matchup against the Texans, particularly in light of how run-heavy Bears OC Luke Getsy’s playcalling has been.

Ken Walker is a terrific prospect who has a chance to pass Rashaad Penny on the Seahawks’ depth chart if he makes an early splash.

Tier 8

We find more backups on Tier 8, but these guys aren’t necessarily guaranteed a decent number of snaps.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Check out Fitz’s wide receiver rankings here >>

Tier 1

Cooper Kupp has seen a league-high 29 targets, giving him a whopping 38.2% target share. He’s topped the 100-yard mark and scored a touchdown in each of his first two games.

Justin Jefferson was blanketed by the Eagles and CB Darius Slay in Week 2, but the Lions don’t have a cornerback who can keep Jefferson under wraps.

Tier 2

Stefon Diggs is off to a torrid start, with 20-270-4 in his first two games. He faces a Miami defense that’s tied for the fifth-fewest receptions allowed to wide receivers.

Davante Adams had just 2-12-1 against the Cardinals last week. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Derek Carr force-feed targets to Adams against the Titans on Sunday.

Ja’Marr Chase had a modest 3-32-1 day when he played the Jets on Halloween of 2021. Don’t be surprised if he goes full Michael Meyers on the Jets this weekend.

Tier 3

Now that the 49ers have lost two RBs to injury, Deebo Samuel might play the same sort of role in the San Francisco running game that he was playing late last season, when he was routinely getting 5-8 carries a game.

Amon-Ra St. Brown had had double-digit targets and eight or more receptions in his last eight regular-season games.

Tyreek Hill dropped 11-190-2 on the Ravens last Sunday, suggesting that he’ll be just fine without Patrick Mahomes, thank you very much.

After a 10-catch, 155-yard game in Week 1, A.J. Brown had a more subdued 5-69-0 stat line in Week 2, but his investors had to like seeming him get eight targets in a game where the Eagles led comfortably and were able to take their foot off the gas late.

The presence of Tyreek Hill might not have as deleterious an effect on Jaylen Waddle as we thought. Both Miami receivers went bonkers against Baltimore last week.

After a quiet Week 1, Tee Higgins had 6-71-1 against the Cowboys last week and now gets a nice matchup against a Jets defense that has given up four TD catches to wide receivers.

Michael Pittman blew up in Week 1, then missed Week 2 with a quad injury. He’s expected back for a home game against the Chiefs this week. The Colts may need to throw more than they want to keep up with the Chiefs’ offense.

After a quiet Week 1, Mike Williams blew up for 8-113-1 vs. the Chiefs last week. Now he gets a favorable home matchup against the Jaguars.

Christian Kirk has been earning his big contract with the Jaguars, with 12-195-2 in his first two games. His matchup against the Chargers this week is a tricky one, but a negative game script for the Jags could mean ample targets for Kirk.

Tier 4

Courtland Sutton had 7-122-0 on 11 targets last week against the Texans, and he figures to be busy against the 49ers on Sunday night if Jerry Jeudy missed the game with a shoulder/rib issue.

Brandin Cooks has seen double-digit targets in each of his first two games and has a good matchup against a Chicago defense giving up 9.3 yards per target to opposing WRs.

An ankle injury kept Gabriel Davis sidelined in Week 1, but he’s expected back for an AFC East showdown with the Dolphins in Miami. Davis played 98% of Buffalo’s offensive snaps in Week 1 and ran a route on every Josh Allen dropback — very encouraging usage.

D.J. Moore has had six targets, three catches and 43 receiving yards in each of his first two starts, with a touchdown in Week 2 and no touchdown in Week 1. Moore is too good to be drawing only six targets a game.

CeeDee Lamb was peppered with 11 targets in Week 2 and finished with 7-75-0 against the Bengals. Lamb investors should probably get used to lower yards-per-target numbers with Cooper Rush filling in for the injured Dak Prescott at quarterback.

Diontae Johnson continues to be a target hog for the Steelers, although QB Mitchell Trubisky’s limitations make it harder for Johnson to cash in on those targets.

Rashod Bateman only has six catches in two games, but he’s scored two touchdowns, including an electrifying 75-yarder last week against the Dolphins. The Ravens have played with a lead for much of their first two games, so the low target count for Bateman is especially alarming. He’s positioned to see ample targets this season on a team with few other credible wide receivers.

Michael Thomas seems to be fully back with 11 catches and three touchdowns already. Keep riding the hot hand this week against the Panthers.

I’d normally slot Terry McLaurin a little higher in the rankings, but he’s likely to see a lot of Eagles CB Darius Slay this week. Slay managed to lock up Minnesota’s Justin Jefferson in Week 2.

Marquise Brown is going to face Jalen Ramsey on a lot of his routes this week, dimming hopes of a big game for Hollywood.

Drake London had 8-86-1 on 12 targets last week against the Rams and figures to be a big part of Atlanta’s gameplan against Seattle.

Tier 5

D.K. Metcalf’s slow start (11-71-0) is disconcerting to his investors, but they should remember that Metcalf caught four TD passes from Geno Smith in the 3.5 games they played together last season. The numbers will come for Metcalf.

Brandon Aiyuk‘s outlook with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback is probably better than it would have been with first-year starter Trey Lance, who’s expected to miss the season with a broken ankle.

Rookie Garrett Wilson erupted for 8-102-2 last week and has the look of a star. If you acquired him on waivers this week, don’t hesitate to roll him out against the Bengals.

Wilson’s teammate, Elijah Moore, is off to a slow start but is also playable this week. As of now, I think there’s a 55% to 60% chance that Wilson proves to be a better player than Moore.

After being blanked in Week 1, DeVonta Smith caught all seven of his targets and had 80 receiving yards last week against the Vikings. His Week 3 matchup against the Eagles is a good one.

It’s not ideal that Amari Cooper is playing with low-level starting QB Jacoby Brissett, but it helps that Cooper is clearly the No. 1 wide receiver in Cleveland.

I’m tentatively ranking Jerry Jeudy, but he could very well Miss Week 3 with a shoulder/rib injury

Tier 6

Allen Robinson has drawn only seven targets in his first two games with the Rams. Maybe a favorable matchup against the Cardinals can jump-start his season.

Tyler Lockett had 9-107-0 on 11 targets last week, making the case that he’s startable despite having Geno Smooth as his starting quarterback.

Rookie Jahan Dotson has three TD catches in his first two NFL games. Curtis Samuel has been targeted 20 times in the passing game and has 15-133-2 receiving to go along with 5-38-0 rushing. Both have benefitted from pass-happy game scripts. Both are going to be hard to predict from week to week since they’ll share targets with each other and also with WR Terry McLaurin, among others.

Chris Olave had more than 300 air yards last week. Yes, a lot of those air yards came on uncatchable deep balls from Jameis Winston. Still, Olave’s involvement is encouraging.

Tier 7

Adam Thielen‘s efficiency has really slipped the last couple of seasons, but a matchup against the Lions’ defensive backfield could perk up the 32-year-old.

The Bears have attempted only 28 passes in their first two games, hence a slow start for Mooney. If the Bears elect to dabble in the forward pass a little bit more this weekend, Mooney could put up nice numbers against Houston.

JuJu Smith-Schuster was largely invisible against the Chargers in Week 2, but he gets a favorable matchup against the Colts and struggling slot corner Kenny Moore.

Treylon Burks is going to be the Titans’ No. 1 receiver before long, if he isn’t already. The concern is that the Titans are going under like the Titanic, and it’s possible they turn to rookie QB Malik Willis, which probably wouldn’t be a good thing for any Tennessee pass catcher. But that’s more of a long-term concern than a Week 3 concern. Burks is playable this week vs. the Raiders.

Allen Lazard probably isn’t going to be the alpha receiver for the Packers some people were imagining him to be, but he should see at least a half-dozen targets this week with Sammy Watkins likely to be out vs. the Buccaneers.

With Mike Evans and Chris Godwin out for the Buccaneers, and Julio Jones (knee) quite possibly out, Russell Gage has an enhanced Week 3 outlook. Breshad Perriman might be worth considering as well.

Jakobi Meyers rarely scores touchdowns or breaks off big plays, but his steady target counts provide a safe weekly floor.

For now, I’m not ranking Chargers WR Keenan Allen, whose status is uncertain due to a hamstring injury. This ranking for Palmer is based on the expectation that Allen will be out. If Allen plays, Palmer’s ranking will fall out of lineup-consideration range.

Tier 8

I won’t weigh in on all the guys on this tier, but I’ll mention a few:

Is it possible that Mecole Hardman could be the most valuable Chiefs wide receiver? Hardman has played fewer snaps than JuJu Smith Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, but Hardman is drawing targets at a higher rate than his counterparts, and his average depth of target (13.2 yards) is higher than that of JuJu (7.8) and MVS (8.7). Hardman is getting more of the high-value targets that Tyreek Hill vacated.

Greg Dortch has 11-118-1 in his first two games and is a viable flex play if Rondale Moore (hamstring) remains sidelined.

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TIGHT ENDS

Check out Fitz’s tight end rankings here >>

Tier 1

Travis Kelce investors should enjoy a matchup against a Colts defense that has given up 12-114-2 to opposing TEs so far — and mind you, those have been the Texans’ and Jaguars’ tight ends.

Mark Andrews has a tricky matchup against a New England defense that has been hard on opposing TEs both this year and last year, but Andrews is such a reliable stat producer that he almost automatically gets placed in the top tier regardless of matchup.

Tier 2

Darren Waller is off to a solid start (10-129-1), and his target outlook is enhanced with Hunter Renfrow sidelined by a concussion.

George Kittle is expected to return from a groin injury this week. He’s a streaky performer, but Kittle’s big games are rocket fuel for fantasy teams.

After posting the first 1,000-yard season for a rookie TE since Mike Ditka 50 years earlier, Kyle Pitts has accumulated only four catches for 238 yards in his first two games. Fear not, Pitts stakeholders: The windfall is coming.

Dallas Goedert averaged 14.8 yards per catch and 10.9 yards per target in 2021 — remarkable numbers for a tight end. Somehow he’s beating those numbers this season with 17.8 yards per catch and 14.2 yards per target.

Tier 3

Zach Ertz played well for the Cardinals after they acquired him in a trade with the Eagles last season, and he’s picked up right where he left off, checking in as the TE5 in half-PPR.

Tyler Higbee has 12-110-0 on a whopping 20 targets, and now he gets a matchup against an Arizona defense that’s been rocked by Travis Kelce and Darren Waller in the first two weeks of the season.

Fears that Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement would hurt Pat Freiermuth have proven unfounded, with Freiermuth collecting 9-97-1 on 17 targets.

Everett has gotten comfortable as the Chargers’ new tight end. He’s currently TE4 in half-PPR scoring,

T.J. Hockenson is a talented dude, but Hockenson investors must reckon with the fact that Amon-Ra St. Brown‘s stardom is an obstacle preventing Hock from becoming an impact player himself.

Tier 4

Dawson Knox isn’t going to be a high-volume TE. His value is largely dependent on touchdowns, and the TDs haven’t started coming yet.

Hayden Hurst already has 10 catches, though they’ve netted only 70 yards. Hurst figures to get big snap shares in the weeks to come with the Bengals’ primary blocking tight end, Drew Sample, out indefinitely with a knee injury.

As productive as the Washington wide receivers have been, Commanders TE Logan Thomas has been getting involved, too. He’s played 68% of Washington’s snaps and has 6-82-1 on 11 targets.

Perennial tease Evan Engram is finally putting his athletic talents to good use in Jacksonville, where he has 11 catches on 12 targets. He gets a matchup with a Chargers defense that often struggles to defend TEs.

Irv Smith was a rare point of light for the Vikings in their Week 2 loss to the Eagles, catching 5-36-1. Smith has a soft matchup against the Lions.

Mike Gesicki played 42% of Miami’s offensive snaps in Week 1 and had one catch for one yard. He played 62% of Miami’s offensive snaps in Week 2 and had 4-41-1. His weekly usage is going to be hard to peg.

Tyler Conklin has been targeted 16 times and has 10 catches, but he’s gained only 56 yards. He does have a touchdown for his efforts, however. The usage is encouraging even if the yardage isn’t.

Robert Tonyan will inevitably have spike weeks as Aaron Rodgers‘ top TE. Just realize that the Packers play several TEs, so Tonyan isn’t the only game in town.

It would be so nice to see the Broncos fully tap the athletic ability of Albert Okwuegbunam, but Albert O had 5-33-0 and was held without a catch in Week 2.

David Njoku is off to a slow start, but we recommend patience.

Tier 5

You probably won’t be forced to start any of these guys in 10- or 12-team leagues, but they warrant our attention. Cole Kmet was considered a starting-caliber TE in 12 team leagues, but he has yet to record his first catch of 2022.


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