I'm a George Kittle fan, but a quick peek at my Week 10 fantasy tight end rankings tells you I actually am less excited about him this week than most.
I know, he's coming off of a pretty strong week, hauling in six of eight passes for more than 100 yards and a touchdown. It's not that I even dislike him this week, as I think he will definitely be a top-10 option for Week 10. I just like half a dozen others slightly better.
I don't think I need to elaborate on Travis Kelce or Darren Waller, who are top options whose teams happen to be facing one another. Likewise, you know Mark Andrews is often a steady option and Kyle Pitts is suddenly the No. 1 receiving option in Atlanta.
But the Ravens remain one of the worst teams when it comes to preventing fantasy points to opposing tight ends. They are second worst in the league, giving up an average of more than 18.19 fantasy PPR points a game. So, yes, I like Mike Gesicki just a touch above Kittle, who is facing the Rams and their new acquisition Von Miller. It's close, but I think you can understand the rationale.
The more surprising option I have over Kittle is T.J. Hockenson. I might actually swap them later in the week, but I really like Hockenson this week. He and the Lions go into Pittsburgh, whose defense has lately has been struggling with TEs. Remember the 18.19 number I mentioned above? Well, Pittsburgh has given up 18.5 and 18.5 points to TEs since coming off their bye. Also, this is the type of game that head coach Mike Tomlin seems to lose every year. If Detroit is going to win, Hockenson will play a part.
Make sense now why Kittle is not in my top six this week?
NFL Tight End Rankings: Week 10
Teams on bye: Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, New York Giants
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.