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With Travis Kelce and Mark Andrews out Week 1, the worst position in Fantasy Football had maybe the worst week in the history of the game. They weren't the only reasons. Dallas Goedert played, but didn't catch a pass. Darren Waller rested in the second half of a blowout loss. Kyle Pitts dominated his team's passing game, but that doesn't mean much when your team throws for 115 yards. 

 And now we have to react. Or we don't. For the most part, if you drafted someone as a starter and they were terrible in Week 1 (almost all of them were), you should not react. I'm still starting George Kittle, Waller, Pitts, Goedert, Pat Freiermuth and David Njoku this week. I'm sticking with Tyler Higbee one more week, too. 

If these guys stink in Week 2, we may have to have a conversation about a few of them, but I'm probably sticking with the rest of them through the first month of the season. Because it's not like the tight ends who were good in Week 1 are actually desirable moving forward. Just be patient and hope we get Kelce and Andrews back this week.

Check out how Jacob Gibbs projects these TEs for Week 2. You can find that and a lot more in his Week 2 Fantasy Football Lineup Advice column over at SportsLine.    

Here's everything else you need to know about tight end in Week 2:

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Who's Out

The following players are not being projected to play Week 2 at this time. Here's what it means:

DEN Denver • #80
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Adam Trautman will be the No. 1 tight end while Dulcich is out, but we don't have any interest in him.
KC Kansas City • #87
Age: 34 • Experience: 11 year
We're hoping for a Kelce return, but you need to keep a plan B at the ready.
BAL Baltimore • #89
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
The Isaiah Likely experiment didn't end well. Make a different plan for Week 2 if Andrews remains out.
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Numbers to Know
  • 1 -- Isaiah Likely saw just one target in Mark Andrews' Week 1 absence. The Ravens may not be as tight end centric as they once were.
  • 82.5% -- Kyle Pitts led all players, receiver or non, with an 82.5% share of his team's air yards. 
  • 0 -- Dallas Goedert did not catch a pass in Week 1. It was his first game with zero yards since Week 12 of 2021. He followed that up with six catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns. 
  • 4 -- Only four tight ends scored double-digit Fantasy points in Week 1: Hunter Henry, Hayden Hurst, T.J. Hockenson, and Donald Parham.
  • 7 -- Cole Kmet tied for the team lead in targets with seven.
  • 26.7% -- Logan Thomas led the Commanders with a 26.7% target share. Eric Bienemy's offenses have been tight end centric; maybe that wasn't solely about Travis Kelce.
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Matchups that matter
JAC Jacksonville • #17
Age: 29 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC KC -3 O/U 51
OPP VS TE
25th
PROJ PTS
9
TE RNK
4th
YTD Stats
REC
5
TAR
5
REYDS
49
TD
0
FPTS/G
9.9
PHI Philadelphia • #88
Age: 29 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIN PHI -7 O/U 48
OPP VS TE
7th
PROJ PTS
11.8
TE RNK
6th
YTD Stats
REC
0
TAR
1
REYDS
0
TD
0
FPTS/G
0
DET Detroit • #86
Age: 33 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYG NYG -5.5 O/U 39.5
OPP VS TE
6th
PROJ PTS
6.2
TE RNK
18th
YTD Stats
REC
6
TAR
10
REYDS
21
TD
0
FPTS/G
8.1
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Waiver Wire Targets
Week 2 Streamers (TE Preview)
GB Green Bay • #88
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ATL ATL -1 O/U 40.5
OPP VS TE
30th
TE RNK
10th
ROSTERED
49%
YTD Stats
REC
3
TAR
4
REYDS
50
TD
0
FPTS/G
8
I loved Musgrave's usage, especially the downfield targets. In Week 2 he'll face a Falcons defense that just let Hayden Hurst into the end zone. I view Musgrave as more of a long play than a stream, but I am perfectly comfortable starting him this week, especially if Christian Watson remains out.
DAL Dallas • #87
Age: 25 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYJ DAL -9 O/U 38
OPP VS TE
23rd
TE RNK
11th
ROSTERED
47%
YTD Stats
REC
2
TAR
7
REYDS
11
TD
0
FPTS/G
3.1
In Week 1 I am more concerned about usage than performance, so I'm going to enjoy all those red-zone targets Ferguson saw and ignore the fact that it looked like he couldn't catch a cold. The Jets corners are so good that teams often look to the tight end more against them, so I expect another heavy dose of targets for Ferguson in Week 2. Someone is probably going to drop him after last week. Don't be afraid to pick him up and stream him.
WAS Washington • #82
Age: 32 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DEN DEN -3.5 O/U 39
OPP VS TE
5th
TE RNK
23rd
ROSTERED
8%
YTD Stats
REC
4
TAR
8
REYDS
43
TD
0
FPTS/G
8.3
We can't just ignore the fact that over a fourth of Sam Howell's pass attempts went to Thomas in Week 1. Both Thomas and Ertz are veterans who were understandably undrafted, but if their Week 1 usage carries over to Week 2 they will look more like starters than waiver wire adds.
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DFS Plays
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DAL Dallas • #87
Age: 25 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYJ DAL -9.5 O/U 39.5
OPP VS TE
23rd
PROJ PTS
8.1
TE RNK
10th
YTD Stats
REC
2
TAR
7
REYDS
11
TD
0
FPTS/G
3.1
If Travis Kelce comes back, I'm just playing him this week. We can find values somewhere else. But if Kelce and Andrews remain out, I'm not sure why you would do anything other than punt the position. At least Ferguson has the red-zone usage that could lead to a touchdown or two.
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GB Green Bay • #88
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ATL GB -1.5 O/U 40.5
OPP VS TE
30th
PROJ PTS
7.1
TE RNK
15th
YTD Stats
REC
3
TAR
4
REYDS
50
TD
0
FPTS/G
8
Sticking with the theme of punting tight end, I like Musgrave's athleticism and matchup, but I like his $3,200 price tag on DraftKings more than either of them. Build an elite lineup around him and count his points as gravy.
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Heath's Projections

My full set of Week 2 Fantasy football projections for every position are now available on SportsLine. Find out which of my favorite plays are projected to score higher than consensus rankings and which don't live up to their draft hype, at least in Week 2. Projected stats for all starting tight ends are available, so be sure to check out the full set of projections at SportsLine.