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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 2: Tight ends

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Tight end is probably the most fungible position in fantasy football, and things don't look any different in Week 2. Rob Gronkowski already missed Week 1 and is questionable for this week, which is an obvious letdown for fantasy owners who drafted him in the first round. Other tight ends either underwhelmed or flat-out disappeared (looking at you, Coby Fleener!) Everything we think we know about the position pretty much has to be thrown out every week.

So which tight ends should you start this week, and which ones should be avoided? We'll try to help you out, but no guarantees. If you don't own Jordan Reed, Greg Olsen or Travis Kelce, you're essentially flipping a coin along with the rest of us.


Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (@ Detroit Lions)

Walker was unusually quiet in the Titans' Week 1 game, catching just three passes for 42 yards against the Minnesota Vikings. Perhaps the presence of Tajae Sharpe will cut into Walker's targets this year, but he's still one of the team's better playmakers. Look for him to get going against a Lions defense that gave up three touchdowns to tight ends last week.

Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns (vs. Baltimore Ravens)

Barnidge put up a goose egg last week, but that's not the important part. Robert Griffin III is out for at least the next eight weeks after a shoulder injury landed him on injured reserve, making Josh McCown the starting quarterback again. Barnidge had his best production with McCown throwing the ball last season, and if that connection sticks he'll be back on the TE1 radar in no time. Keep Barnidge in your lineups for now.

Virgil Green, Denver Broncos (@ Indianapolis Colts)

Green's Week 1 numbers don't pop off the page (four catches for 28 yards) but his night easily could've been bigger. Green was inches away from an easy touchdown pass, but the ball got batted out of the air by Carolina's Kony Ealy. Trevor Siemian should continue looking Green's way when he's in the red zone, which will be enough to keep him on the TE2 map most of the season.


Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots (vs. Miami Dolphins)

When Gronkowski missed Week 1, many fantasy owners expected Bennett to step in and play a big role in the passing game. However, the opposite happened -- Bennett mainly served as a blocker and saw just five targets, turning them into three catches for 14 yards in Week 1. Gronk will likely miss another week, but Bennett shouldn't be expected to be a factor again. He no longer has to be owned in 10-team leagues.

Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks (@ Los Angeles Rams)

Graham's comeback from a torn patellar tendon is truly remarkable -- he managed to play 17 snaps last week and even caught a pass. His role will probably grow over the coming weeks, but he's not ready yet. Until he starts playing more snaps and seeing more targets, he belongs on waivers.

Jared Cook, Green Bay Packers (@ Minnesota Vikings)

Playing with the best quarterback he's had in his career, it was easy to be seduced by Cook's fantasy upside. But we have to be honest -- it's not happening. Cook has never lived up to his potential and we don't see that changing at age 29. Cook is an obvious fade against a Vikings defense that shut down Delanie Walker last week.