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START/BENCH: Week 6

TIGHT ENDS

STUDS

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.

About Gary Davenport

A member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and Pro Football Writers of America who resides in Columbus, Ohio, Gary has been featured on a number of fantasy websites and in nationally circulated publications. These publications include the USA Today Fantasy Football Preview and the magazines distributed by Fantasy Sports Publications Inc., for whom Gary is a both a contributing author and associate editor. Gary is an eight-time FSWA Award finalist and two-time winner who has been a finalist for that organization's Fantasy Football Writer of the Year award each of the last three years. He won the honor in 2017. Gary also appears regularly on Sirius XM Radio (including live from Radio Row at Super Bowl XLIX) and over-the-air stations across the country. Gary was one of the co-founders of, and Head Writer at, Fantasy Football Oasis before joining Fantasy Sharks as an IDP Senior Staff Writer in 2011. He knows football. Or so he's heard.