When looking at your fantasy standings, teams with Travis Kelce (111.80 fantasy points) and Mark Andrews (91.20 fantasy points) already have a 30- to 50-point edge over the tight ends ranked below sixth. By also having an underperforming quarterback, it is easy to see how some fantasy teams are already 100 or more points in their league standings.
Here's a look at the tight ends ranked between three and 12 and the number of weeks that they scored 10.00 fantasy points or fewer:
· T.J. Hockenson (7.80, 5.60, and 1.60)
· Zach Ertz (none)
· Dallas Goedert (none)
· Tyler Higbee (8.90)
· Taysom Hill (1.40, missed game, and 8.10)
· David Njoku (1.70 and 6.2)
· Gerald Everett (4.50 and 1.20)
· Pat Freiermuth (6.10 and 3.20)
· Hayden Hurst (9.60, 7.40, and 1.70)
· Tyler Conklin (8.20 and 0.00)
Based on this, Ertz and Goedert are the only two options that offer consistency and upside behind the two best tight ends. Kyle Pitts has been frustrating (3.90, 3.90, 13.70, and 3.50) with a missed game, while Darren Waller (5.20 and 5.40) has been a bust over the past three weeks (he left last week's contest with a hamstring issue). George Kittle is the tight end who may have the best chance to make up for lost time (two missed games) and a slow start (4/28, 2/24, and 5/47).
Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens (DraftKings – $7,000/FanDuel – $7,800)
In three of his five matchups, Andrews delivered stats worthy of more than three times his salary at DraftKings (9/104/1, 8/89/2, and 89/89/1). Over this span, the Ravens gave him a WR1 opportunity (34 targets). The Buffalo Bills were the only defense to shut down Andrews (2/15 on five chances). The Giants are 11th vs. tight ends (24/198/1 on 31 targets) while having a favorable schedule (Geoff Swain – 3/19, Ian Sullivan – 1/13, Peyton Hendershot – 3/43, Cole Kmet – 3/16, and Robert Tonyan – 4/23). Andrews should have plenty of room to operate in New York's secondary and Baltimore needs him to play well to win.
Zach Ertz, Arizona Cardinals (DraftKings – $4,900/FanDuel – $6,000)
Five games into 2022, the Seahawks' defense ranks at the bottom of the league in defending tight ends (5/33, 1/38/1, 6/109, 8/179/2, and 3/45/1) despite facing weaker options in three matchups (Albert Okwegbunam – 5/33, Ross Dwelley – 1/38/1, and Adam Trautman – 2/32/1). I didn't count Taysom Hill's rushing stats against Seattle and George Kittle didn't play in Week 2. Ertz came into the year with a calf issue, but he has a floor of six catches over the past four games (8/75, 6/45, 6/47/1, and 6/48) while receiving double-digit targets in three of those starts (11, 10, and 10). Last year, Ertz had his best showing in Seattle (8/88/2) with an active game at home (7/84). He tends to work close to the line of scrimmage (8.2 yards per catch), so Ertz needs a score and volume of chances to reach 20.00 fantasy points.