The tight end position is always extremely thin year to year but after week one, with the loss of Greg Olsen for a significant amount of time, and Delanie Walker with a broken ankle, more and more of your league mates will be streaming making it even harder to dig for those gems. Let’s take a look and see what we can find for this week.
Ricky saw 6 targets in a defunct offense with no other pass catchers outside of Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson out of the backfield. Sam Bradford looks like a mess in this offense but if the Cardinals really are this bad they will be playing from behind a lot. Seals-Jones faces a Rams team with an elite secondary and as we saw with the Raiders, attacking the linebackers with tight ends and running backs proved to be the way to make progress. Ricky also played 49 of 53 snaps on offense so he’ll see his share of routes and opportunities to make an impact this week.
Boyle is a deep play but Flacco loves throwing to his tight ends. With Hayden Hurst hurt the targets were distributed among the 3 remaining tight ends but Boyle saw the most snaps at 68% and the most targets at 6, converting that to 3 receptions for 40 yards. The interesting thing here is the Bengals allowed two TE1 finishes to the Colts in week one so even if the targets are distributed widely again he’ll get his shot to produce.
Cook exploded in week one against the Rams linebacking core and gets a decent matchup against the Broncos in week 2. Cook is a hot commodity off the waiver wire this week after his week one performance but is still owned in just 28% of ESPN leagues and 53% of Yahoo leagues. Don’t waste your waiver position on him as he’s been inconsistent year after year but if you are desperate like most of us and he’s there he’s worth a pickup to see if he can reproduce his week one performance.