georgekittlecbs.jpg
USATSI

The first Week 18 in the history of Fantasy Football is a lot like Week 17 used to be, or Week 16 before that. More than 80% of leagues are over, but there's still plenty to discuss. 

We'll break down DFS more in depth this week, and we'll start talking 2022. For those of you more interested in 2022, Jamey Eisenberg will have our early 2022 rankings published next week. For those of you interested in. beyond 2022, I'll have a full Dynasty update the week after that. And yes, for those of you playing Week 18, I have waiver wire adds below.

For the other three positions, I've focused in this section on who my No. 1 tight end in Dynasty or 2022 is. And it is an interesting debate between Travis Kelce and Mark Andrews in redraft or Andrews vs. Kyle Pitts in Dynasty. For the record, I'm thinking Andrews in redraft and Pitts in Dynasty right now. But what is more interesting to me is the back half of the top 12. After we get past Andrews, Kelce, Pitts, Darren Waller and George Kittle

The discussion in redraft starts with whether Rob Gronkowski returns. If he does, I think he has to be in the top six considering he's TE4 on a per-game basis this year. And despite disappointing years, T.J. Hockenson and Dallas Goedert need to at least be in the top eight. After that it gets really interesting. Do you count Pat Freiermuth's touchdowns with a new quarterback? Can Dalton Schultz and Dawson Knox build on their breakouts? Do we go back to  Zach Ertz and Noah Fant or hope for a breakout from Cole Kmet or Brevin Jordan?

One things for sure, with all these names, someone is going to talk about deep tight end is next preseason. Then we'll wait for the position to implode again.

Here's everything else you need to know about tight end in Week 18: 

Week 18 TE Preview
TE Preview
Who's Out

The following players are not being projected to play Week 18 at this time. Here's what it means:

NYG N.Y. Giants • #12
Age: 31 • Experience: 7 yrs.
If Waller cannot return Foster Moreau is a borderline top-12 option.
TE Preview
Numbers to Know
  • 17.5 -- Mark Andrews leads all tight ends with 17.5 PPR FPPG. That would have ranked first or second each of the past five seasons. 
  • 1,018 -- Kyle Pitts's 1,018 receiving yards are the most in the modern era for a rookie tight end. He is a strong buy for Dynasty purposes and a dark horse for TE1 in 2022.
  • 2 -- George Kittle saw two targets in his first game with Trey Lance. His projected target volume will be a hot topic this offseason.
  • 3 -- Darren Waller only topped 65 yards in three games this season. 
  • 6.5 -- Cole Kmet has averaged 6.5 targets per game since Week 8. If Jimmy Graham leaves he'll be a prime sleeper candidate.
TE Preview
Matchups that matter
HOU Houston • #86
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PHI DAL -7 O/U 42.5
OPP VS TE
31st
PROJ PTS
11
TE RNK
8th
YTD Stats
REC
75
TAR
101
REYDS
787
TD
6
FPTS/G
12
SEA Seattle • #87
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC KC -10 O/U 44
OPP VS TE
20th
PROJ PTS
9.7
TE RNK
7th
YTD Stats
REC
67
TAR
88
REYDS
654
TD
4
FPTS/G
10.4
NE New England • #88
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NE NE -7 O/U 40
OPP VS TE
1st
PROJ PTS
8.2
TE RNK
14th
YTD Stats
REC
71
TAR
109
REYDS
758
TD
2
FPTS/G
10.1
BUF Buffalo • #88
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYJ BUF -16.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS TE
26th
PROJ PTS
10.6
TE RNK
11th
YTD Stats
REC
46
TAR
66
REYDS
538
TD
9
FPTS/G
11.1
LAC L.A. Chargers • #7
Age: 29 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ARI ARI -6.5 O/U 48
OPP VS TE
2nd
PROJ PTS
8.7
TE RNK
10th
YTD Stats
REC
47
TAR
60
REYDS
458
TD
4
FPTS/G
8.2
TE Preview
Waiver Wire Targets
Week 18 Streamers
WAS Washington • #87
Age: 26 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYG WAS -6.5 O/U 38.5
OPP VS TE
14th
TE RNK
13th
ROSTERED
2%
YTD Stats
REC
19
TAR
23
REYDS
244
TD
1
FPTS/G
3.1
Assuming Ricky Seals-Jones is out, Bates has a legitimate chance to be a top-10 tight end.
TE Preview
DFS Plays
Top Play
Projections powered by Sportsline
DET Detroit • #86
Age: 33 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SEA ARI -6.5 O/U 48
OPP VS TE
25th
PROJ PTS
11.6
TE RNK
5th
YTD Stats
REC
67
TAR
102
REYDS
679
TD
5
FPTS/G
10.3
Ertz has a very good role without DeAndre Hopkins and an excellent matchup in Week 18.
Contrarian Play
Projections powered by Sportsline
WAS Washington • #87
Age: 26 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYG WAS -6.5 O/U 38.5
OPP VS TE
14th
PROJ PTS
5
TE RNK
13th
YTD Stats
REC
19
TAR
23
REYDS
244
TD
1
FPTS/G
3.1
Bates is an even better contrarian play if Seals-Jones suits up. I'd expect Washington to play their young guys.
TE Preview
Heath's Projections