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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2021 Rest of Season Rankings

George Kittle Note
George Kittle photo 1. George Kittle SF (at LAR)
Kittle's talent is undeniable. His biggest issue from a fantasy perspective is the run-heavy nature of San Francisco's offense, in addition to his elite blocking abilities. Kittle found the end zone in three straight games entering Week 12, but he was given just two targets against Minnesota. It's a reminder of his floor in the 49ers' offense, but fantasy managers should hold strong. This type of usage can happen, but it won't be common. With some other upper echelon tight ends currently struggling, Kittle has re-cemented himself as one of the most elite options.
24 weeks ago
Travis Kelce Note
Travis Kelce photo 2. Travis Kelce KC (at DEN)
In two games since the Chiefs' bye week Kelce has been held to three receptions and 27 yards in each contest. For the season, the 32-year-old tight end has a lower ADOT and a lower yards per route run than we're used to seeing from him. While it would be premature to completely write him off, we need to acknowledge that he hasn't been as dominant as we're used to seeing. Kelce has found the end zone just once since Week 5. George Kittle should be viewed as the TE1 down the stretch.
22 weeks ago
Mark Andrews Note
Mark Andrews photo 3. Mark Andrews BAL (vs . PIT)
Entering Monday night, Andrews leads all tight ends in fantasy points per game (PPR). He's an obvious starter for Week 17, but we're highlighting him here because there will likely be some "Andrews overall TE1" conversations happening throughout the offseason. There might even be a case for George Kittle as well. Travis Kelce has dominated the position for so long, but we'll now have multiple options at the top of draft boards entering '22.
20 weeks ago
Rob Gronkowski Note
Rob Gronkowski photo 4. Rob Gronkowski FA (BYE)
Including playoffs, Gronk now has 11 touchdowns over his past 16 games. In his past three contests, he has secured 15-of-16 targets for 186 yards and four TDs. That's fantastic, but the future Hall-of-Famer is still fighting the age model in a crowded receiving corps. It was tempting to tag him as a "sell", but the Week 1 results are just impossible to ignore.
35 weeks ago
Dallas Goedert Note
Dallas Goedert photo 5. Dallas Goedert PHI (vs . DAL)
Goedert has yet to fully pop in the box score, but his underlying usage has been fantastic since the Zach Ertz trade. On Sunday against the Saints he caught 5-of-8 targets for 62 yards. He had a 33% target share. The Eagles have transformed into a run-heavy offense over the past month, which limits Goedert's ultimate upside. Still, the profile is that of a mid-tier TE1.
25 weeks ago
Kyle Pitts Note
Kyle Pitts photo 6. Kyle Pitts ATL (vs . NO)
It really seemed as if Pitts had broken out following back-to-back 119+ yard games after Week 7. However, the absence of Calvin Ridley has seemingly been too much to overcome. Opposing defenses have keyed in on the unicorn rookie. Frustratingly, Pitts has just one touchdown this year and has been held to 62 yards or less in seven straight contests. He isn't a top-five tight end for fantasy purposes moving forward. Some might argue he isn't top-10.
22 weeks ago
Dalton Schultz Note
Dalton Schultz photo 7. Dalton Schultz DAL (at PHI)
The return of Michael Gallup could wind up having a major impact on Schultz, who took a backseat in the receiving game in Week 10. Schultz saw just 6.1% of the targets after being at 19.8% from Weeks 2-9 sans Gallup. Game script was weird in this one as Dallas didn't need to do much in the second half, but this isn't what Schultz managers were hoping for. He's still tied to an elite offense, which keeps him in the low-end TE1 conversation, but expectations should be tempered with all of the Cowboys pass catchers healthy at the moment.
26 weeks ago
Dawson Knox Note
Dawson Knox photo 8. Dawson Knox BUF (vs . NYJ)
Through five weeks, Knox's share of targets per routes run doesn't support the production he has been registering. However, he's attached to a high-end passing attack in an elite offense, so low-end TE1 numbers are doable moving forward.
31 weeks ago
Mike Gesicki Note
Mike Gesicki photo 9. Mike Gesicki MIA (vs . NE)
Entering Sunday night, Gesicki has been a top-seven PPR tight end in three of his last four games. It's especially encouraging that he once again produced despite the offense shifting from Jacoby Brissett back to Tua Tagovailoa. Gesicki is likely benefiting from the absences of both DeVante Parker and Will Fuller, but with bye weeks coming up he's a sure fire TE1 until further notice.
30 weeks ago
Zach Ertz Note
Zach Ertz photo 10. Zach Ertz ARI (vs . SEA)
With DeAndre Hopkins finally back in the mix, Ertz caught just one pass against the Bears in Week 13. Arizona has so many mouths to feed that it's going to be tough for Ertz to be a consistent fantasy presence moving forward. Consider him a volatile TE2 for now.
23 weeks ago
Hunter Henry Note
Hunter Henry photo 11. Hunter Henry NE (at MIA)
Henry continues to run more routes entering Week 7, and he leads the Patriots with a 67% end zone share for the season. That's enough to make him a TE1 streamer while bye weeks are piling up.
30 weeks ago
Tyler Conklin Note
Tyler Conklin photo 12. Tyler Conklin NYJ (at BUF)
Jared Cook Note
Jared Cook photo 13. Jared Cook FA (BYE)
Darren Waller Note
Darren Waller photo 14. Darren Waller LV (vs . LAC)
Waller is an elite buy-low option entering Week 7. All of the under-the-radar utilization appears as promising as ever; 89% routes, 24% target share, 21% TPRR, and a 10.3 ADOT. A monster blowup performance is coming soon, and it could very well occur in Week 7 against the Eagles.
30 weeks ago
Noah Fant Note
Noah Fant photo 15. Noah Fant SEA (at ARI)
Denver was finally trailing for most of the game in Week 4, which led to Fant putting up a 28% target share while catching six passes for 46 yards and a score. He remains an efficient player, but the Broncos simply don't like to throw the ball while leading. Moving forward, Fant should only be considered a strong start in games where we expect Denver to be playing catchup.
32 weeks ago
Pat Freiermuth Note
Pat Freiermuth photo 16. Pat Freiermuth PIT (at BAL)
Eric Ebron returned in Week 10, but it didn't stop Freiermuth from maintaining the strong target shares he was putting up in the past three weeks. A high-end prospect coming out of college, Freiermuth is worth rostering everywhere as a low-end TE1 moving forward.
26 weeks ago
Gerald Everett Note
Gerald Everett photo 17. Gerald Everett LAC (at LV)
C.J. Uzomah Note
C.J. Uzomah photo 18. C.J. Uzomah NYJ (at BUF)
Ricky Seals-Jones Note
Ricky Seals-Jones photo 19. Ricky Seals-Jones NYG (vs . WAS)
"RSJ" was a popular tight end streamer this week and he produced for fantasy managers who employed him. Seals-Jones hauled in 4-of-6 targets for 58 yards and a score in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. More importantly, the utilization was fantastic. RSJ was in on 100% of Washington's offensive snaps while running a route on 95% of the team's dropbacks and receiving an 18% target share. He faces the Packers in Week 7 and will once again be on the streaming radar with Logan Thomas sidelined.
30 weeks ago
Evan Engram Note
Evan Engram photo 20. Evan Engram JAC (vs . IND)
Cole Kmet Note
Cole Kmet photo 21. Cole Kmet CHI (at MIN)
Kmet made sense as a Kelce fill-in for Week 16, so he could already be on some rosters. The 22-year-old caught 4-of-5 targets for 49 yards in the Bears' win over the Seahawks. Unfortunately, he was once again "vultured" by Jimmy Graham and still has zero touchdowns for the year. Kmet has now topped 40 receiving yards in five straight contests and draws 5+ targets more often than not. The Giants are an attackable Week 17 matchup.
20 weeks ago
Brock Wright Note
Brock Wright photo 22. Brock Wright DET (vs . GB)
David Njoku Note
David Njoku photo 23. David Njoku CLE (vs . CIN)
Austin Hooper Note
Austin Hooper photo 24. Austin Hooper TEN (at HOU)
Albert Okwuegbunam Note
Albert Okwuegbunam photo 25. Albert Okwuegbunam DEN (vs . KC)
Foster Moreau Note
Foster Moreau photo 26. Foster Moreau LV (vs . LAC)
Cameron Brate Note
Cameron Brate photo 27. Cameron Brate TB (vs . CAR)
Jack Doyle Note
Jack Doyle photo 28. Jack Doyle FA (BYE)
Jonnu Smith Note
Jonnu Smith photo 29. Jonnu Smith NE (at MIA)
Smith saw just two targets in Week 5 and was held to 27 yards. The Patriots appear mildly interested in using him around the goal-line as a potential TD threat, but the offense overall just isn't creating enough explosiveness for him to be a TE1 in fantasy land. Consider Smith a mid-range TE2 until further notice.
31 weeks ago
Brevin Jordan Note
Brevin Jordan photo 30. Brevin Jordan HOU (vs . TEN)
Josiah Deguara Note
Josiah Deguara photo 31. Josiah Deguara GB (at DET)
Anthony Firkser Note
Anthony Firkser photo 32. Anthony Firkser ATL (vs . NO)
Adam Trautman Note
Adam Trautman photo 33. Adam Trautman NO (at ATL)
Geoff Swaim Note
Geoff Swaim photo 34. Geoff Swaim TEN (at HOU)
James O'Shaughnessy Note
James O'Shaughnessy photo 35. James O'Shaughnessy CHI (at MIN)
John Bates Note
John Bates photo 36. John Bates WAS (at NYG)
Zach Gentry Note
Zach Gentry photo 37. Zach Gentry PIT (at BAL)