There is a reason many fantasy players elect not to draft tight ends in the earlier rounds. The range of outcomes each week may be the widest for any skill position in the game. No tight end has finished in the top five more than once in the past three weeks. Only Greg Olsen, Jacob Tamme, and Travis Kelce have finished in the top 10 more than once.
On the bright side, Rob Gronkowski returned. Then he proceeded to do nothing. Welcome back, Gronk! Still, one could assume that the king will be back to full action this week against the Bills, so he's back at No. 1 in the rankings.
Week 4 means the beginning of bye weeks. Not a huge hit for tight ends since Richard Rodgers and Jared Cook aren’t lighting the world on fire and Zach Ertz is injured. Delanie Walker remains a question mark after missing last week. He is expected to play, but he is not expected to return to practice until Thursday.
Here are three names for those looking for some TE help and the Week 4 rankings:
Julius Thomas – He cooled down after coming out the gates on fire and gets a Colts defense that has allowed only one touchdown to tight ends, but Indianapolis has also allowed them to catch everything thrown their way. should find the yardage to be a good start in London. Of course, the ghost of Marcedes Lewis still haunts the Jaguars, so you have to take Thomas’ projection down a few points.
Kyle Rudolph – Okay, Kyle. We see you and welcome you back to the top 10 discussion. Rudolph has at least eight targets in each of his contests and scored in two straight. This week, he meets the Giants and their improved defense, but their linebackers are still beatable in the middle of the field. Rudolph should be in play for some red zone opportunities.
Zach Miller – The preseason sleeper started off slow, but just hung two touchdowns on the Cowboys Sunday night. He’ll be in another good situation in Week 4 as the Bears play the Lions, who have surrendered more fantasy points to tight ends than any other team in the league. Game flow should also be in ’s favor as the Bears should be in catch up mode for most of the game.
Tight ends, Week 4
(ZS: Zach Senvisky, JM: Jason Marcum, AP: Adam Patrick, SK: Scott Kaliska, JG: Jeff Goldberg, KB: Kyle Bennett, DG: Derek Gordon)
|1||Jordan Reed||WAS||vs. CLE||2||1||1||2||1||1||2|
|2||Greg Olsen||CAR||@ ATL||1||5||2||1||3||3||3|
|3||Travis Kelce||KC||@ PIT||3||2||3||4||2||2||5|
|4||Rob Gronkowski||NE||vs. BUF||4||3||4||3||4||4||1|
|5||Dennis Pitta||BAL||vs. OAK||6||9||6||5||5||5||6|
|6||Julius Thomas||JAC||vs. IND||5||8||5||6||7||6||8|
|7||Eric Ebron||DET||@ CHI||7||13||7||7||8||7||9|
|8||Kyle Rudolph||MIN||vs. NYG||9||4||9||9||11||8||10|
|9||Jason Witten||DAL||@ SF||12||6||11||11||9||10||7|
|10||Delanie Walker||TEN||@ HOU||--||12||10||8||6||9||4|
|11||Dwayne Allen||IND||@ JAC||13||7||8||15||10||11||11|
|12||Coby Fleener||NO||@ SD||11||11||13||10||13||13||12|
|13||Gary Barnidge||CLE||@ WAS||14||10||12||13||14||12||17|
|14||Jimmy Graham||SEA||@ NYJ||18||19||14||12||12||14||13|
|15||Zach Miller||CHI||vs. DET||15||14||15||14||15||15||19|
|16||Jacob Tamme||ATL||vs. CAR||10||18||16||16||18||16||14|
|17||Martellus Bennett||NE||vs. BUF||17||17||21||18||16||17||15|
|18||Jesse James||PIT||vs. KC||16||16||18||21||17||18||16|
|19||Hunter Henry||SD||vs. NO||8||22||17||17||23||22||24|
|20||Clive Walford||OAK||@ BAL||20||15||19||22||19||19||21|
|21||Charles Clay||BUF||@ NE||21||21||20||24||20||20||20|
|22||Vance McDonald||SF||vs. DAL||19||20||22||23||22||21||22|
|23||Cameron Brate||TB||vs. DEN||22||23||24||20||24||23||25|
|24||Virgil Green||DEN||@ TB||--||--||23||--||21||24||18|
|25||Jack Doyle||IND||@ JAC||--||--||--||19||--||--||--|
|--||Larry Donnell||NYG||@ MIN||--||--||--||--||25||25||23|
|--||Darren Fells||ARI||vs. LA||23||--||25||--||--||--||--|
|--||Dion Sims||MIA||@ CIN||24||25||--||--||--||--||--|
|--||Tyler Higbee||LA||@ ARI||--||24||--||--||--||--||--|
|--||Garrett Celek||SF||vs. DAL||25||--||--||25||--||--||--|