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At the beginning of the week, the tight end question on everyone's mind was what to do with Kyle Pitts. Well, he hasn't practiced on Wednesday or Thursday due to a hamstring injury, so Fantasy managers may have the choice taken out of their hands. 

If you're looking for a replacement, the first place you should look is Tyler Conklin. He ranks as TE8 on the season with a 16% target share. In Zach Wilson's first start, Conklin was targeted on 15% of Wilson's throws. Even with all those talented weapons in New York, there appears to be a steady role carved out for their tight end. And while I wouldn't bet on them throwing 48 passes per game rest of season, they do figure to be one of the most pass-heavy teams in the league.

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If Conklin is rostered, the options get really dicey. Logan Thomas would be my second choice. Thomas hasn't been that involved this year and doesn't have a great matchup, but without Jahan Dotson on the field, his target share could increase. If Curtis Samuel is out, I'd even like Thomas as a top 12 tight end. 

Evan Engram is probably the next best option. He has a great matchup, but his involvement appears to be decreasing, not increasing. Hunter Henry could see a bigger role due to Jonnu Smith's injury, but he may have a third-string quarterback throwing to him. Even Cade Otton could be relevant with Cameron Brate likely out. Essentially, it's Conklin, Thomas, or draw a name out of a hat.

If Pitts plays, you can feel justified in continuing to start him or sitting him down. I could even make a buy-low argument. The one argument no one should make is to cut Kyle Pitts. That's not a decision I can endorse.

Here's everything else you need to know about tight end in Week 5:

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Who's Out

The following players are not being projected to play Week 5 at this time. Here's what it means:

TB Tampa Bay • #84
Age: 31 • Experience: 8 yrs.
There isn't a Tampa Bay tight end to trust this week.
NE New England • #81
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
This could open up room for Hunter Henry to get going, but he needs Mac Jones back if that's going to happen.
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Numbers to Know
  • 101.1 -- Travis Kelce's receiving yards per game in his last eight matchups versus the Raiders - the most in his career against an opponent with a minimum of two games. 
  • 3 -- Pat Freiermuth has scored double-digit Fantasy points in three of four games this season.
  • 30 -- Dallas Goedert ran a route on all 30 of Jalen Hurts' dropbacks in Week 4.
  • 25.5% -- Tyler Higbee's 25.5% target share is second among tight ends behind only Mark Andrews.
  • 33.4% -- Kyle Pitts' 33.4% share of the Falcons air yards ranks second behind Andrews. It has to get better at some point. Right?
  • 179 -- T.J. Hockenson set a Lions' tight end record with 179 receiving yards in Week 4.
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Matchups that matter
NO New Orleans • #83
Age: 26 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SEA NO -5.5 O/U 46
OPP VS TE
32nd
PROJ PTS
4.3
TE RNK
NR
YTD Stats
REC
9
TAR
17
REYDS
116
TD
0
FPTS/G
5.2
SEA Seattle • #89
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NO NO -5.5 O/U 46
OPP VS TE
3rd
PROJ PTS
5.7
TE RNK
NR
YTD Stats
REC
12
TAR
12
REYDS
116
TD
3
FPTS/G
10.4
MIN Minnesota • #87
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NE NE -3 O/U 46.5
OPP VS TE
25th
PROJ PTS
13.8
TE RNK
3rd
YTD Stats
REC
18
TAR
30
REYDS
261
TD
3
FPTS/G
16
ATL Atlanta • #8
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
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Waiver Wire Targets
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NYJ N.Y. Jets • #83
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIA MIA -3.5 O/U 46
OPP VS TE
27th
TE RNK
13th
ROSTERED
62%
YTD Stats
REC
21
TAR
29
REYDS
192
TD
1
FPTS/G
11.6
I was encouraged by the fact that Conklin earned a 15% target share in Zach Wilson's first start. You can now view him as a low-end starter until he proves otherwise.
WAS Washington • #82
Age: 31 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TEN TEN -2.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS TE
31st
TE RNK
14th
ROSTERED
42%
YTD Stats
REC
13
TAR
20
REYDS
106
TD
1
FPTS/G
7.4
I wouldn't bench anyone you've been starting for Thomas unless Samuel is out. But he's a fine fill-in for Pitts if Samuel misses Week 5.
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DFS Plays
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LAR L.A. Rams • #89
Age: 29 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DAL LAR -5.5 O/U 43
OPP VS TE
9th
PROJ PTS
10.1
TE RNK
4th
YTD Stats
REC
26
TAR
38
REYDS
244
TD
0
FPTS/G
12.6
It's a strange week with Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, and Darren Waller all on primetime and off the main slate. Higbee played in primetime in Week 4 which is one reason his price didn't get the boost it should have based on his performance. He's TE5 on the season and he still hasn't scored a touchdown. This volume gives him TE1 upside every week.
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LAC L.A. Chargers • #7
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CLE LAC -2.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS TE
6th
PROJ PTS
9.8
TE RNK
7th
YTD Stats
REC
16
TAR
26
REYDS
211
TD
2
FPTS/G
12.3
This will only be contrarian if Keenan Allen is back, but I believe Everett has carved out enough of a role to be a top-10 option even when the team's No. 1 receiver returns.
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