Tight end continues to be an extremely volatile position this season, and outside of the elite options there are few guarantees. There are some nice options still available in many leagues, though, so there’s no need to go into this week with an option you don’t like. Here are five options you can still get in many leagues who look to be lined up for solid production above their usual expectations.
Jordan Reed-Washington Redskins
After missing last week’s game against the 49ers, Reed is expected to return this week on Sunday Night Football as Washington faces the Giants in DC. Reed had been establishing himself as a top tight end option before sustaining a concussion against the Eagles. This week he faces another NFC East foe as the Redskins face the Giants who have been pretty good against opposing tight ends, but I still like Reed since he gets such a high volume of targets form Robert Griffin III.
Delanie Walker-Tennessee Titans
Since Ryan Fitzpatrick took over, Walker has been a great tight end play. In the last three weeks, he leads the position in yards, ranks second in targets, and is third in yards. This week, he and the Titans face the Colts who Walker beat up two weeks ago for 10 catches, 91 yards, and a touchdown. He may not get that many receptions this week, but I think he’s once again a top ten option.
Timothy Wright-Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wright came back after a couple down weeks with a big game last week against Detroit. He had a career-high eight catches for 75 yards on nine targets from Mike Glennon. Wright is inconsistent, and the Bucs offense could struggle against the Panthers on Sunday. If the Panthers defense does have a weakness, it’s receiving tight ends, so Wright may have some space to operate in week 13.
Rob Housler-Arizona Cardinals
Housler and the Cards are in Phily to take on the Eagles. He’s been emerging as a solid receiving option for Carson Palmer racking up at least 50 yards in four of his last five games. The Eagles have done well against the tight end which is why he’s lower on this list, but he’s still worth playing if you don’t have a better option since he has been putting up numbers.
Brent Celek-Philadelphia Eagles
This is strictly a matchup play. The Cardinals allow more points to opposing tight ends than any other team in the NFL and they’ve given up 11 TE touchdowns in their 11 games this season. Celek has been quiet the last few games, but if you need a “Hail Mary” play at tight end he’s an option to consider.
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