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Week 2 Start ‘Em, Sit’ Em
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Week 2 Start ‘Em: Tight Ends
Start of the week
Hunter Henry by Chiefs
Henry had a solid opener for fantasy fans and pulled five of his eight goals on 73 yards in a win over the Bengals. He also finished second among Chargers receivers in snaps behind Keenan Allen, and his eight goals also tied Allen to second place. He should be in your starting lineup against the Chiefs as Henry scored 1
Jared Cook on the Raiders
Cook produced five catches for 80 yards in the Saints’ opener, and he has now had at least 84 receiving yards or a touchdown in six of his last seven games going back to last season. The veteran could also see more opportunities in the passing attack with Michael Thomas at less than 100 percent. Cook also has a fantastic matchup in a revenge match against the Raiders in a competition that has a 50.5 over / under total based on DraftKings Sportsbook.
Tyler Higbee at the Eagles
Higbee did not do much in his debut in 2020 and scored only seven points despite a positive matchup against the Cowboys. He played 65 snaps in the competition, which was far more than Gerald Everett (24), so he’s the top tight end in Los Angeles (if there were any questions). I would roll with him against another NFL East team, the Eagles, who allowed a touchdown and 13.7 fantasy points for Logan Thomas in their season-opening game.
Hayden Hurst on the Cowboys
Hurst did not do well in his debut with the Falcons, catching just three of five goals for 38 yards. He was also the clear fourth option in the passing game as Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage all had nine catches and 100 plus yards. Still, he has a nice upcoming matchup against a Cowboys team that allowed third-point points to tighten ends last season and just lost LB Leighton Vander Esch to an injured collarbone.
- Austin Hooper Vs. Bengals (TNF)
- Dallas Goedert vs. Rams
- Eric Ebron Vs. Broncos
- Noah Fant at Steelers (DraftKings: $ 4,400)
- OJ Howard vs. Panthers (DraftKings: $ 3,900)
- Logan Thomas at Cardinals (DraftKings: $ 3,600)
Week 2 Sit ‘Em: Tight Ends
Sit of the week
Rob Gronkowski vs. Panthers
Gronkowski was quiet in his first NFL game since 2018, drawing two of three goals in 11 yards. While leading all of Buc’s tight ends in snaps (54), OJ Howard had several goals (6) and scored on one of Tom Brady’s two touchdowns. This week’s matchup against the Panthers is not great either, as narrow ends averaged the fourth fewest points against them last season. Their defense also kept Darren Waller at just 45 yards in Week 1.
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Put them on
Jack Doyle vs. vikings
Doyle had just four goals for the Colts in their opening as Philip Rivers looked to his wide receivers and runners at a far more consistent pace. Rivers threw himself behind his back on 44 percent of his pass attempts. So while Doyle was playing 54 snaps, he was not very involved in the passing attack. He also has a tough match next against the Vikings, giving up an average of only 10.3 fantasy points per game. Competition for opponents of narrow ends a season ago.
Mike Gesicki vs. bills
Listed as a sit ’em last week, Gesicki had just three catches in 30 yards in a loss to the Patriots. He will also struggle to produce a good line this week, as the Dolphins host a Bills defense that allowed the second-tiered points to tighten ends last season, keeping Chris Herndon at 37 yards last week. Gesicki has also had problems against Buffalo in his career, scoring 8.1 fantasy points or fewer in three game games against the AFC East enemy.
Jimmy Graham Vs. giants
Graham scored a touchdown and was targeted seven times late by Mitchell Trubisky last weekend and his 11.5 fantasy points were better than George Kittle and Darren Waller. Still, I think you chase the points if you think he repeats this feat, even against the Giants. Their defense was in the middle of the pack against the position last season, and the G men held Eric Ebron to a catch for just 18 yards in their season opener.
Several are sitting
- Greg Olsen vs. Patriots (SNF)
- Chris Herndon IV vs. 49ers
- Ian Thomas at Buccaneers
- Zach Ertz vs. Rams (DraftKings: $ 5,600)
- Evan Engram at Bears (DraftKings: $ 5,300)
- TJ Hockenson at Packers (DraftKings: $ 5,200)
Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst at Sports Illustrated and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. You can follow Michael on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram for the latest news and analytics!
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