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Travis Kelce, Kansas City (vs. Denver)

Mark Andrews, Baltimore (at Tennessee)

T.J. Hockenson, Minnesota (at Chicago)

Sam LaPorta, Detroit (at Tampa Bay)


Zach Ertz, Arizona (at Los Angeles Rams): Ertz hasn’t done much in the way of yardage, but the targets have been there most weeks. That could mean good things against a Rams team giving up the fifth-most PPR points to tight ends.

Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia (at New York Jets): Goedert had easily his best game of the year last week, tallying more receiving yards than he had in the first four games of the season combined. No team has allowed more fantasy points to tight ends than the Jets.

Taysom Hill, New Orleans (at Houston): Any time you slot Hill in the starting lineup it’s a crapshoot — a gamble whether he’ll see the Wildcat snaps that are so vital to his fantasy value. But Houston has been kind to opposing tight ends this season, so what the hell?

Hayden Hurst, Carolina (at Miami): This feels like a Charlie Brown call — Hurst keeps whiffing in favorable fantasy matchups. But he gets another one this week with Miami, and there’s a 327 percent chance Carolina will be playing catch-up in this contest.


Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams (vs. Arizona): Higbee has had his moments the past few weeks, posting double-digit PPR points two of the past three games. But Arizona has flipped the script, going from one of the best fantasy matchups for tight ends to one of the worst.

David Njoku, Cleveland (vs. San Francisco): Every year, the fantasy community looks at Njoku’s athleticism and contract and tries to will him to fantasy relevance. Every year he disappoints — just as he will in this bad matchup with San Francisco’s fearsome defense.

Chigoziem Okonkwo, Tennessee (vs. Baltimore): Okonkwo was a trendy enough fantasy breakout pick that I had to learn to spell his name correctly this summer, but I haven’t written it much recently. That’s not likely to change against a Baltimore team allowing the second-fewest PPR points to tight ends.

Darren Waller, New York Giants (at Buffalo): Let’s see — the Giants offensive line consists of five turnstiles, Daniel Jones is hurt, Tyrod Taylor may ask for his lung to be punctured by the team doctor just so he doesn’t have to play in this game and Buffalo is a Bottom 5 fantasy matchup for tight ends. I miss anything?

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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 nine-time FSWA Award finalist and three-time winner who has been a finalist for that organization's Fantasy Football Writer of the Year award four times. He won the honor in 2017 and 2019. 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.