Week 10 Tight End Preview: Replacing Evan Engram

On Wednesday we learned Evan Engram has a mid-foot sprain and his Fantasy managers need to make other plans for Week 10, and maybe the foreseeable future. This is a huge blow to those teams because Engram has been far more valuable than a replacement-level tight end this season. He was one of just eight tight ends averaging double-digits in PPR points. You're not going to replace him, but we have options for you to help soften the blow.

Mike Gesicki is top option available on the waiver wire even if he's behind Jonnu Smith in the projections. I'm projecting Delanie Walker to play, but he seems very questionable. That uncertainty makes Gesicki a safer play who also has upside.

Gesicki has at least eight PPR Fantasy points in three of his past four games. That's not Evan Engram, but it's acceptable for a low-end tight end. He also has upside with Preston Williams out as shown by his 95-yard game in Week 9. 

I have more waiver options below if you can't get Gesicki, but need to mention two guys who didn't make the cut.

Jared Cook isn't available in many leagues but he does have a very good matchup against the Falcons and looks to be back to full health. He's a top 12 tight end.

Rhett Ellison doesn't make the top-five streamers, but he's not far off and he's far more available. In deeper leagues, he's not a bad streaming option at all. 

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Who's Out

The following players are not being projected to play Week 10 at this time. Here's what it means:

CLE Cleveland • #83
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Demetrius Harris is the main beneficiary, but I'm not using him against the Bills.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #88
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Rhett Ellison is a low-end streaming option.
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Numbers to Know
  • 10.71 - Yards per target for Jonnu Smith, tops among tight ends.
  • 12 - Targets for Jack Doyle in two games without T.Y. Hilton. Doyle has scored in both games. 
  • 75 - Air yards for Mike Gesicki in Week 9. That was the third-most at the position.
  • 24 - Mark Andrews only played 24 snaps in Week 9. I'm still starting him in Week 10, but it's a trend I'm keeping an eye on.
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Matchups that matter
SEA Seattle • #48
Age: 26 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SF SF -6 O/U 45.5
OPP VS TE
1st
PROJ PTS
3.7
TE RNK
NR
YTD Stats
REC
9
TAR
14
REYDS
75
TD
2
FPTS/G
6.8
CLE Cleveland • #88
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF CLE -3 O/U 40.5
OPP VS TE
2nd
PROJ PTS
1.2
TE RNK
NR
YTD Stats
REC
8
TAR
13
REYDS
64
TD
2
FPTS/G
3.4
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Waiver Wire Targets
Week 8 Streamers
MIA Miami • #88
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Ownership
33%
I believe in Gesicki's talent, and it looks like he's finally starting to figure out how to play in the NFL. Fitzpatrick trusted him downfield in Week 9, and Gesicki came through so I'd expect more shot plays in Week 10, especially without Preston Williams.
DAL Dallas • #82
Age: 37 • Experience: 16 yrs.
Ownership
66%
There's nothing exciting about starting Witten, but he's a top 12 tight end who has consistently produced 7-10 Fantasy points per week.
TEN Tennessee • #81
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
YTD Stats
Ownewrship
41%
Smith's Week 9 production was disappointing, but I'm going right back to him as long as Delanie Walker is still out. He still caught three of five targets, and I expect the Titans will have to throw more against the Chiefs.
PIT Pittsburgh • #89
Age: 29 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Ownership
45%
The Rams could lock down the Steelers' receivers, but they've been susceptible to tight ends in the passing game. McDonald caught five of seven targets and scored in Week 9. He also had a two-touchdown game in Week 2 with Mason Rudolph.
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DFS Plays
Top Plays
KC Kansas City • #87
Age: 30 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Week 10 Prices
FanDuel
$6,700
DraftKings
$6,400
With Mahomes back, Kelce vaults back to the top of the tight end options. I have him projected for three points more than everyone but Austin Hooper.
Contrarian Play
TEN Tennessee • #81
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Week 9 Prices
FanDuel
$5,100
DraftKings
$3,500
Smith's price dropped more than it should and his disappointing Week 9 should keep his ownership down.
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Heath's Projections

Non-PPR Rank

PPR Rank

TE

NON-PPR

PPR

2

1

George Kittle

11.00

17.01

1

2

Hunter Henry

11.37

16.92

3

3

Travis Kelce

10.98

16.63

4

4

Austin Hooper

9.81

15.79

5

5

Darren Waller

8.72

13.99

6

6

Mark Andrews

8.71

13.13

7

7

Jonnu Smith

7.25

10.85

8

8

Mike Gesicki

6.14

9.82

9

9

Jason Witten

5.46

9.66

12

10

Vance McDonald

5.21

9.09

10

11

Greg Olsen

5.40

8.33

13

12

Jared Cook

5.19

7.95

14

13

TJ Hockenson

5.17

7.66

15

14

Jack Doyle

4.74

7.64

11

15

Eric Ebron

5.38

7.58

19

16

Rhett Ellison

4.25

7.57

18

17

Irv Smith

4.33

7.48

16

18

Gerald Everett

4.64

7.40

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Heath Cummings is a Senior Fantasy Writer that covers Daily Fantasy Sports of all types. Before coming to CBS Sports he was a staff writer for Footballguys and the host of The Fantasy Football Show on... Full Bio

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