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Travis Kelce, Kansas City (vs. Los Angeles Chargers)

Mark Andrews, Baltimore (vs. Detroit)

T.J. Hockenson, Minnesota (vs. San Francisco)

Sam LaPorta, Detroit (at Baltimore)


Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh (at Los Angeles Rams): After missing time with a hamstring injury, Freiermuth is expected to return Sunday at SoFi Stadium. He does so just in time to face a Rams team that has been stingy to wide receivers but generous to tight ends.

Luke Musgrave, Green Bay (at Denver): In what you may have noticed is a running theme, Denver is terrible defensively in 2023. That includes against tight ends — no team in the NFL has allowed more fantasy points per game to the position.

David Njoku, Cleveland (at Indianapolis): Njoku has been quiet of late — he has double-digit PPR points just once in the last three games. Two-for-four is a real possibility against an Indianapolis team that ranks inside the Top 10 PPR points per game allowed to tight ends.

Cade Otton, Tampa Bay (vs. Atlanta): Otton has flashed at times this season, but he’s mostly been quiet — 25th in fantasy points per game among tight ends. But a favorable fantasy matchup with Atlanta at least puts Otton on the fill-in radar.


Evan Engram, Jacksonville (at New Orleans): Engram has been more-or-less as advertised in 2023 — he’s sixth at the position in PPR points to this point in the season. But New Orleans has been stingy to tight ends — 26th in PPR points per game allowed to tight ends so far this season.

Zach Ertz, Arizona (at Seattle): Ertz was a decent fantasy starter over the first month of the 2023 season, but his production has tailed off of late — just two catches in each of the last two games. A Bottom 5 fantasy matchup with Seattle isn’t going to help matters any.

Hunter Henry, New England (vs. Buffalo): Henry started the season hot, but like the rest of the New England offense, he has fallen off of late. Now he has to deal with a Buffalo defense giving up the fourth-fewest PPR fantasy points per game to tight ends in 2023.

Sam LaPorta, Detroit (at Baltimore): LaPorta has been a revelation in 2023, leading all NFC tight ends in PPR fantasy points. But he was held in check by Tampa Bay last week and faces a Baltimore team in Week 7 that ranks dead last in PPR points per game given up to tight ends this season.

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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.