Week 2 is upon us, and it’s time to look at the Top 12 Tight End Plays of Week 2. The most important things for TEs are targets and TDs, so these are the two parameters I will look at the most, together with the matchup.
Top 12 Tight End Plays of Week 2
1. Travis Kelce, KC vs. Baltimore
No matter the matchup, it is difficult to not have Kelce at 1. He’s a WR at TE and is a lock for points and a top 3 performance at the tight end position. Always start him with confidence. Nothing to see here, move along!
2. Darren Waller, LV vs. Pittsburgh
This guy might be listed as a TE, but he is the #1 receiver for the Raiders. He had 19 targets in Week 1. Even if he gets half that every week, he is going to be one of the target leaders amongst TEs week in and week out, warranting a second place on the Top 12 Tight End Plays of Week 2.
3. George Kittle, SF vs. Philadelphia
Kittle is generally not one of the top target getters at TE, but he is a big-play threat and a big part of the 49ers game plan weekly. Kittle has the potential to house the ball on every play and obviously belongs in any lineup, even if he might not be getting the targets of the first two TEs on the list.
4. TJ Hockenson, DET vs. Green Bay
In Week 1, Hockenson had the second-most targets (10) amongst tight ends. In this Lions offense, this doesn’t seem like it is just going to be a one-time thing. As such, Hockenson is going to be a very good play week in and week out. This week is no different and could show us that Hockenson could be ready to take the step into elite TE status. He’s getting the targets to do it, so now he just needs to show consistency.
5. Mark Andrews, BAL vs. Kansas City
Andrews didn’t exactly live up to the billing in Week 1 with the Raiders doing their best to shut him down. Mark Andrews has always been a very TD-dependent tight end, so when he doesn’t get one, he is often going to disappoint.
If the Ravens want a chance against the Chiefs, they need Andrews to make a difference. That difference will put him in the top 5 for Week 2.
6. Noah Fant, DEN vs. Jacksonville
With Jerry Jeudy going down with an injury, Fant should be the biggest beneficiary. His QB, Teddy Bridgewater, loves to throw short to intermediate passes, which is what Fant thrives with, and then his athleticism does the rest. He had 8 targets in Week 1 and it is not outside the realm of possibility that that gets a bump to 10+ targets in Week 2.
7. Rob Gronkowski, TB vs. Atlanta
Wow! Gronk got off to a red-hot start to begin the 2021 season, and he did it in a pretty great matchup against Atlanta. Due to that performance, he makes his first appearance in this article series as one of the Top 12 Tight End Plays of Week 2.
Tom Brady came out firing, and it seems unlikely that the Falcons defense is going to have any shot at stopping them, so Gronkowski could be in for another great game as he and Brady appear to have only gotten a better connection over the offseason.
8. Dallas Goedert, PHI vs. San Francisco
Goedert had a good fantasy day and was inches away from catching a second TD, which would have given him a great fantasy day. This week, he faces a tougher matchup than the Falcons, but he is still a good fantasy option despite that, both because he gets consistent targets for a TE and he has TD upside, which you need to be relevant at TE.
9. Tyler Higbee, LAR vs. Indianapolis
Higbee didn’t get a TD in Week 1, but 6 targets are good for a TE, and this Rams offense looks good with Stafford at QB now. If you play PPR, 6 targets are exactly what you want out of your TE, unless it’s one of the top 4 guys.
10. Robert Tonyan, GB vs. Detroit
Green Bay had a terrible opening week, but a matchup against the Lions in Week 2 is likely just what the doctor ordered for the Packers to bounce back. Tonyan had just 4 targets, but I expect that to go up for Week 2, and the TD upside is there.
Just look at how Jimmy Garoppolo was able to carve up the Lions for over 300 yards passing. Rodgers should be able to do the same and Tonyan should benefit.
11. Austin Hooper, CLE vs. Houston
After a tough loss for the Browns to Kansas City, I expect them to come out with a vengeance against the Texans. That could easily mean lots of points on the board. CLE coach Kevin Stefanski has already said OBJ will not play in Week 2, which means Hooper could have good upside against a Texans defense that allowed the seventh-most points to TEs in Week 1.
12. Jared Cook, LAC vs. Dallas
Given how we have talked a lot about targets for TEs in this week’s article, let us finish the Top 12 Tight End Plays of Week 2 list off with another TE that got plenty of targets in Week 1. Jared Cook received 8 targets to be exact, which could be good news for fantasy managers if he can manage to duplicate that target share.
Dallas just allowed Rob Gronkowski to walk all over them in Week 1, so Cook could be a sneaky good play in Week 2.
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