World Eater Week Nine Starts and Sits - Tight Ends

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By: Ryan Hawks (@RyanWorldEater)

There is still time to set lineups! Still not sure who to start because Gronk is on bye? Is your tight end just not performing and you’re thinking of just streaming someone? World Eater Fantasy Football is here with some late night advice on who to start, and who to sit at tight end.

World Eater Week Nine Starts and Sits - Tight Ends


Jared Cook at Miami Dolphins

The Oakland Raiders offense has been really hard to trust this season. They came out strong weeks one and two, but then, aside from their wild Thursday Night game, they’ve been floundering all season. With another primetime game against the Miami Dolphins, they should come back to life, if only for another week.

Jared Cook has been a big part of their offense all season. Add that to the fact that the Dolphins have been pretty horrible against tight ends this year, and teams have a great option at a streaming candidate this week. Overall Miami is giving up the 10th most points to tight ends this season.

They are also giving up the third most catches, and Cook gets his fair share of targets from quarterback Derek Carr. He’s only had one game all season where he had less than five targets, and also only three games all season where he gained under 40 yards.

Cook hasn’t scored a touchdown since week three, so he’s long overdue. This could be the week that he gets into the end zone again, and puts up double digit points.

Jack Doyle at Houston Texans

Another great streaming candidate who sees a ton of targets is Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle. While this game had a lot more potential before Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson went down with an ACL injury in practice, Doyle should be able to eat this week in a great matchup.

Jacoby Brissett is settling into the offense as best as he can, and he’s found a favorite target in Doyle. Since Brissett took over as starter in week two, Doyle has seen at least five targets per game. In two of the last three games he has at least seven. While volume doesn’t always pay off, it is a good indicator of a player’s floor, and gives them potential to explode any week.

Last week he did just that, catching 12 passes for 121 yards and scoring a touchdown. He has a good chance at putting up similar numbers this week too, because the Texans are giving up the sixth most fantasy points to tight ends.

With some of the bigger tight ends on bye this week, like Rob Gronkowski and Hunter Henry, teams might have to go with a streamer for this week. Make Doyle the go-to-guy if possible.


Travis Kelce at Dallas Cowboys

Ok, here is where things get controversial. Yes, Kansas City Chiefs stud Travis Kelce is being listed as a sit. Sure, no one will listen to this. Everyone with him on their squad will start him. Still, here is the warning to tailor expectations for him.

On the year, the Dallas Cowboys have not given up 50 yards or more receiving to even one tight end. They have also only given up one score to tight ends all season. Part of this could be because the Cowboys pass rush has come alive this season.

Haven’t given up more than 50 yards in a game against tight ends. While some will point to the fact that they haven’t faced any great tight ends, there is another reason why tight ends haven’t been able to get many catches. The Cowboys are getting to the quarterback.

They have 25 sacks in seven games this season. Quarterbacks are forced to get rid of the ball early due to all the pressure they’re seeing. This means, the Chiefs will lean on Kareem Hunt for dump off passes when Alex Smith is in trouble, and probably scheme up plays like wide receiver screens or jet sweeps to Tyreek Hill.

That leaves Kelce as a bad fit for the gameplan, likely continuing Dallas’s streak of keeping tight ends under 50 yards. Don't say we didn't tell you so.

Cameron Brate vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Continuing with some bold sits for the week, let’s highlight Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end, Cameron Brate. He is another tough name to sit, because he seems basically matchup proof.

He has topped 60 yards receiving in every game since week four, but all good things must come to an end. The New Orleans Saints defense has been great overall, but one of their strengths is covering tight ends. The Saints give up the seventh fewest points to tight ends on the season.

In addition to that, O.J. Howard is hot on Brate’s heels, and signal caller Jameis Winston is still nursing an AC joint injury in his throwing shoulder. He was already throwing a lot of picks, and things might get worse as he fights through his injury against an opportunistic Saints defense.

This might be the week where Brate comes back down to earth, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him fade further into obscurity from here on out. Stay away from Brate this week, and team’s might want to consider trying to shop him.

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