Travis Kelce, Kansas City (vs. Houston)
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia (at Minnesota)
George Kittle, San Francisco (vs. Cleveland)
Austin Hooper, Atlanta (at Arizona)
Evan Engram, New York Giants (at New England) (INJURED)
SPOT-START OF THE WEEK
Chris Herndon, New York Jets (vs. Dallas)
The return of Sam Darnold isn’t the only good news the Jets got in Week 6 — after serving a four-game suspension to open the season, Herndon’s back for the Jets as well. Heath Cummings of the CBS Sports singled him out as a potential source of help at fantasy’s thinnest position.
“I’d prefer Herndon in the stash section if this position wasn’t so thin,” he said. “He had a good connection with Darnold in 2018 and has more upside than anyone else who is widely available. I expect him to reclaim his job immediately, but I’d at least watch practice reports this week to make sure Adam Gase is on the same page. I like Herndon considerably more than (Gerald) Everett over the rest of the season.”
Assuming Herndon’s close to in shape, it’s not that hard to imagine him playing a fairly heavy snap load for a Jets team that’s absolutely desperate to get a win any way they can. Dallas has also been much kinder to tight ends than wide receivers in 2019.
ROLL THEM OUT
Will Dissly, Seattle (at Cleveland)
Raise your hand if you thought that Will freaking Dissly would be the fifth-ranked tight end in Sharks League Scoring after five weeks of the 2019 season. Now unless your Dissly’s mom, put your hand down you liar. In fact, even if you are his mom knock it off. Lying is a sin.
Greg Olsen, Carolina (vs. Tampa Bay – London)
Olsen’s been a dependable source of fantasy points now that he’s healthy again, and the veteran should keep it going this week in the UK. Only the fantasy bonanza for tight ends that is Arizona has allowed more points to the position in 2019 than Tampa Bay.
SIT THEM DOWN
Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams (vs. San Francisco)
Everett’s been hot of late and will no doubt be rolled out by quite a few fantasy owners of the injured Evan Engram in Week 6. But his matchup rather blows — San Francisco is dead last in the NFC in fantasy points allowed to tight ends.
O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay (vs. Carolina – London)
Given that the London games tend to get weird, maybe Howard will actually be OK in Week 6. But if this follows the script of both the matchup and Howard’s disappointing numbers this season to date, the young tight end’s going to let fantasy owners down — again.