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Tight end is a notoriously touchdown dependent position in standard fantasy football leagues. That was highlighted in week one when the leading scorer for the position was Jack Doyle of the Colts who had three receptions for 35 yards and two touchdowns. It just goes to show that even if you don’t have Rob Gronkowski on your team, you can still get great production out of the tight end spot if you play the right person during the right week. Below are three players to start, four to sit, and three suggestions to fill in for those players to sit for week two.
Antonio Gates- He didn’t do much last week but that’s because San Diego was able to jump out to such a big lead early in the game. The Chargers lost Keenan Allen for the year which should increase Gates share of the targets going forward.
Gary Barnridge – Barnridge put up literally zero points last week and lost his quarterback for an extended period of time which usually doesn’t bode well for most players. However, backup Josh McCown loved throwing to Barnridge last season when the tight end had a career year, which coupled with Cleveland’s lack of weapons makes Barnridge a bounce back candidate.
Charles Clay – Buffalo was terrible on offense last week and now faces a tough Jets defense on a short week. As if that isn’t enough he is dealing with a knee injury as well.
Start instead: Dwayne Allen IND
Brent Celek – True he’ll be getting the start in place of an injured Zach Ertz, but Celek is also going to be paired with a rookie quarterback making his first road start in a notoriously hard to play Solider Field.
Start Instead: Coby Fleener NO
Travis Kelce- Kelce is one of the better tight ends in the league but this week he has a tough matchup against a Houston defense that was very good against tight ends last season.
Start instead: Jason Witten Dal
Jack Doyle – Yes I opened this article by saying he was the leading scorer last week, but that performance was most likely a fluke. Do you know who was the second best tight end last week in standard leagues? Dwayne Allen, Indianpolis’ starter at the position. Someone in your league probably picked up Doyle after last week, don’t let it be you.
Start Instead : Julius Thomas Jax