With Travis Kelce disappointing, by his requirements and Arizona persevering with its historic run of dangerous protection in opposition to tight ends, Evan Engram has moved into the highest spot in our Week 7 fantasy TE rankings. Engram must show he is able to return from a knee damage that stored him out final week, however so long as he is lively, he must be a monster in opposition to the Cardinals. Sadly, the “intrigue” on the prime is about the one attention-grabbing factor in our rankings, as discovering matchup-based TE sleepers is further robust this week.
It is a disgrace, too, as a result of fantasy homeowners want some sleepers with Will Dissly (Achilles’) out for the yr and Greg Olsen, O.J. Howard, and Vance McDonald on bye. The latter three have not even been all that good/constant this yr, however at a place as skinny as TE — the place even outdated reliables corresponding to Delanie Walker are simply outdated and not dependable — dropping anybody even semi-competent issues.
WEEK 7 NON-PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Working again | Large receiver | D/ST | Kicker
This week, Noah Fant (vs. Chiefs), Darren Fells (@ Colts), and Dawson Knox (vs. Dolphins) are the highest matchup-based sleepers. All have low flooring and solely average ceilings, with Fells being essentially the most attention-grabbing after back-to-back stable weeks. He additionally has the most effective matchup on paper, however Jordan Akins might simply as simply steal Houston’s TE manufacturing, so do not be shocked if Fells disappoints.
WEEK 7 PPR RANKINGS: Working again | Large receiver | Tight finish
Nonetheless, it’s important to begin somebody if you do not have one of many prime eight, and if that is the case, you are inevitably taking a threat. Gerald Everett (@ Falcons) appears extra more likely to growth than bust in opposition to Atlanta’s horrible go protection, in order that’s one thing. Jason Witten (vs. Eagles) stays an honest TD-or-bust candidate, and T.J. Hockenson (vs. Vikings) has proven he can have large video games, so you could possibly do worse than these two.
WEEK 7: Waiver pickups | Snap counts
Finally, this week is even harder than most due to the top-15 groups when it comes to fantasy factors per sport allowed to TEs, three are on bye (Bucs, Browns, Steelers) and 7 are dealing with TEs who’re every-week begins anyway (Cardinals, Seahawks, Titans, Falcons, Rams, Cowboys, Redskins). That leaves 5 “sleeper” matchups (Colts, Raiders, Chiefs, Dolphins, Bears). This week, Fells, Jimmy Graham, Fant, Knox, and Jared Cook dinner get these matchups. Graham and Cook dinner are over 70 % owned in Yahoo leagues, which mainly means they’re every-week performs for many, too.
All you possibly can actually do is hope for a TD when you’re digging this deep. Or, higher but, simply hope your opponent’s TD does not get one. That is perhaps simpler.
Notice: These rankings might be up to date all through the week, so verify again for the most recent.
WEEK 7 DFS: Lineup Builder
Week 7 Fantasy TE Rankings
These rankings are for normal, non-PPR leagues.
|1||Evan Engram, NYG vs. ARZ. Arizona has allowed 599 yards and 7 TDs to tight ends this yr, solely preserving tight ends out of the tip zone as soon as (Cincinnati). So long as Engram is again from his knee subject, he ought to have a monster sport.|
|2||Travis Kelce, KC @ DEN. Kelce hasn’t scored since Week 2, however previous to final week he had at the very least 70 yards in each sport. Few TEs can match his ground or ceiling, and even in an unfavorable matchup like this, Kelce can produce.|
|3||Austin Hooper, ATL vs. LAR|
|4||George Kittle, SF @ WAS|
|5||Darren Waller, OAK @ GB|
|6||Mark Andrews, BAL @ SEA.|
|7||Zach Ertz, PHI @ DAL. Ertz hasn’t had fewer than 4 catches for 54 yards, which supplies him a excessive ground for a TE, however he is solely scored as soon as and is but to prime 72 yards. Regardless of the comparatively disappointing begin, he is in an honest spot, because the Cowboys have had a number of struggles in opposition to tight ends, together with final week.|
|8||Hunter Henry, LAC @ TEN. Henry burst again onto the scene with eight catches for 100 yards and two TDs in Week 6. A good chunk of that was in rubbish time, so do not assume it will guess he norm, however Henry actually has as a lot upside as most TEs. Tennessee permits the seventh-most FPPG to the place, so he is in place to have one other good sport.|
|9||Gerald Everett, LAR @ ATL. Everett has mainly had two video games and 4 dangerous ones this yr, so certainly not is he a high-percentage play. Atlanta has mainly had one dangerous sport in opposition to TEs, so it is also unclear simply how favorable of a matchup that is. We all know that Atlanta has one of many worst go defenses within the league, and contemplating Everett is admittedly used as a glorified receiver, we finally suppose he has main upside right here.|
|10||Jimmy Graham, GB vs. OAK. Oakland is tied for the fifth-most FPPG to TEs this yr whereas Graham has been virtually the definition of a boom-or-bust TE, scoring twice and posting two shutouts.|
|11||Delanie Walker, TEN vs. LAC. Walker had seemingly fallen out of favor within the Tennessee offense the previous two weeks, however he regained a bit of footing with a 3-43 day on six targets. It helped that Tennessee was trailing all sport, but it surely was nonetheless a very good signal for Walker. The Chargers have mainly had one dangerous sport in opposition to TEs, permitting three to Houston again in Week 3, so this is not an amazing matchup, but it surely’s adequate for somebody as established as Walker to make the most of.|
|12||Darren Fells, HOU @ IND. Fells has produced 6.9 commonplace fantasy factors in three of the previous 4 video games. With an uptick in snaps and targets, he is an attention-grabbing sleeper in opposition to a Colts protection permitting the third-most FPPG to TEs.|
|13||Noah Fant, DEN vs. KC. Fant is sort of a pure matchup play, as he hasn’t had greater than 37 yards in a sport this yr. Kansas Metropolis has allowed the third-most TE receiving yards this yr, so if Fant was ever going to interrupt out, it will be this week.|
|14||T.J. Hockenson, DET vs. MIN. Hockenson caught four-of-six targets for 21 yards in Week 6, and he was simply barely unable to come back down with a superbly thrown fade go ultimately zone. The Lions gave him one other likelihood across the aim line, throwing him a display go that he narrowly missed scoring on. Hockenson has apparent upside, and we have seen him put up large numbers as soon as already this yr.|
|15||Jared Cook dinner, NO @ CHI. Cook dinner has scored in back-to-back video games, and whereas he does not have large numbers in any other case, he is clearly a key a part of the Saints offense. Chicago gave up eight catches and 85 yards to Oakland TEs in its final sport and has been decidedly common in opposition to TEs all yr.|
|16||Dawson Knox, BUF vs. MIA. Knox was stable in Weeks Three and 4 (125 yards, TD), then noticed a season-high 5 targets his final outing. The Dolphins have not been horrible in opposition to TEs (eight FPPG), however given how dangerous the protection is normally, it’s important to give a bump in worth to all gamers in opposition to it.|
|17||Jason Witten, DAL vs. PHI. Witten is tied with George Kittle for the second-most red-zone targets amongst all TEs (9). Philadelphia hasn’t alowed a lot to TEs, however Witten is all the time a very good TD candidate.|
|18||Eric Ebron, IND vs. HOU. Doyle typically performs extra snaps and has extra worth in PPR leagues, however Ebron stays extra more likely to rating.|
|19||Jack Doyle, IND vs. HOU|
|20||Luke Willson, SEA vs. BAL|
|21||Vernon Davis, WAS vs. SF|
|22||Chris Herndon, NYJ vs. NE. Herndon (hamstring) would possibly lastly play this week, however in opposition to the Patriots, who’re permitting simply 3.2 FPPG to TEs, he has restricted upside.|
|23||Trey Burton, CHI vs. NO|
|24||Tyler Eifert, CIN vs. JAX|
|25||Jordan Akins, HOU @ IND|
|26||Tyler Higbee, LAR @ ATL|
|27||Matt LaCosse, NE @ NYJ|
|28||Irv Smith Jr., MIN @ DET|
|29||Kyle Rudolph, MIN @ DET|
|30||Mike Gesicki, MIA @ BUF|