In August, I wanted no part of Austin Hooper and called him a Fantasy Football bust multiple times. In November I'm happy to have him back and ranking him as a top-10 tight end. It's been that kind of year.
Part of my change of tune has to do with George Kittle's injury and disappointing performance from Mark Andrews, Hunter Henry, and a host of other tight ends. But I'd be remiss if I didn't give Hooper some credit as well. He saw 23 targets in the three games before he needed surgery to remove his appendix. From Week 4 through Week 6 he was the No. 6 tight end in PPR scoring. There is legitimate hope that Odell Beckham's injury will open up room for Hooper to maintain that volume, or even improve on it.
Dallas Goedert technically returned two weeks ago, but that was hardly the Dallas Goedert we were hoping for. He only saw one target despite playing 53 snaps. For this week, I'm ignoring that in favor of Philadelphia's extensive history of heavily targeting their tight ends. Goedert is close to a must-start this week and I'd start both him and Hooper over Andrews in full PPR.
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Week 10 TE Preview
Numbers to Know
- 29 -- Targets for Evan Engram over the past three weeks.
- 170.9 -- PPR Fantasy points for Travis Kelce. That ranks fourth amongst non-QBs.
- 11 -- Red zone targets for Jimmy Graham. Only Kelce and Darren Waller have more.
- 7 -- Hunter Henry has at least seven targets in all but two games this year. I'm going to keep starting him.
- 58 -- Mark Andrews' season-high in yards. He had five games in 2019 with at least 75 yards.
Matchups that matter
Waiver Wire Targets
Jimmy Graham TE
CHI Chicago • #80
Age: 34 • Experience: 11 year
We're halfway through the season and Graham has basically been a top-10 tight end no matter how you slice it. He's sixth in catches and PPR Fantasy points and tied for third in touchdowns. While it's true he hasn't had his bye, he's also 10th in Fantasy points per game. And three of the guys ahead of him aren't playing this week.
Mike Gesicki TE
MIA Miami • #88
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
You don't ever actually know when it's going to be a Mike Gesicki week, but if Preston Williams is out I'm betting on this week being one. Gesicki's ADOT (11.8) means he doesn't need a bunch of targets to be a startable tight end.
LV Las Vegas • #83
Age: 28 • Experience: 4 yrs.
There's no Travis Kelce and no George Kittle and I'd really rather not play the touchdown or bust game in cash. Waller is a much better play on DraftKings where you get a full point per catch, and he's $1,100 cheaper.
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