Week seven of the NFL season is here and so is BTSC to advise you what Tight Ends should end up in your lineup and what guys to let pass you by. Below are three players to start, four to sit, and four suggestions to fill in for those players to sit for week three.
Vernon Davis- Davis is a good option for a few reasons. There’s a chance he’s still available in your league since he’s no longer a star player. The Redskins like to throw the ball a lot as it is, and this week they’re playing a poor Detroit secondary so there should be plenty of targets to go around. Davis caught a touchdown last week while filling in for Jordan Reed so he should have some confidence heading into this week.
Antonio Gates- He’s been participating in practice this week and reports are he’s as close to full health as he has been at any point this season. While Hunter Henry has played well in Gates’ absence, the veteran tight end is still capable of being a dynamic red zone target for Phillip Rivers.
Martellus Bennett – Rob Gronkowski may take some receptions away from Bennett, but Gronk also commands extra attention from the defense that will free up Bennett on other routes. Bennett is a talented player that creates headaches as a matchup on defense. He’s playing with a top tier quarterback against a week defense. He will be a safe play this week.
Charles Clay- Not only has the Buffalo tight end yet to score a touchdown this year, he’s also nursing an ankle injury this week. Buffalo doesn’t throw the ball enough to warrant playing Clay.
Start instead: Dennis Pitta - BAL
Tyler Eifert – Eifert is a dominant TE when healthy. However, this is his first week back from injury and he could be eased into action. He’s listed as questionable officially so there’s still a shot he doesn’t play. He’s a good player to stash on your bench and see how it goes this week before you throw him into the fire of the starting lineup.
Start Instead: Hunter Henry - SD
Zach Ertz- Ertz has failed to get on the same page as Carson Wentz since coming back from injury. With the Eagles having to play a dominant Minnesota defense this week it doesn’t look like Ertz will have too much success on Sunday.
Start instead: Jack Doyle - IND
Jesse James – He’s simply too inconsistent to trust. With Landry Jones playing quarterback for the foreseeable future there’s potential for the Pittsburgh offense to crater. Stay away from James
Start Instead: Coby Fleener NO