As I write my Week 14 fantasy football tight end rankings, I am feeling a bit combative. But before I lay waste to the Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR), I'm going to take a small victory lap.
I had Darren Waller ranked above Travis Kelce last week and that move came through quite nicely. Yes, most of the ECR had the Raider No. 2, but I was one of the few who had him at the top. At least I understood what the ECR was thinking.
Because I don't understand what the ECR is doing this week. Robert Tonyan as the No. 3 tight end for Week 14? That is just nuts. Don't get me wrong. I like Tonyan, especially as a DFS play. But with no DFS salary to consider, Tonyan should not even be in the top 10! Yes, he has a touchdown three weeks in a row. But do you really think he's going to put up top-three numbers this week? Detroit is absolutely miserable against the run, but the Lions are actually the fourth stingiest in terms of fantasy points allowed to tight ends.
Why do you want to go third overall with a TE who is not even top 15 in targets for the position? I know I'd rather go with the man third on the list for TE targets, Evan Engram. Or what about T.J. Hockenson, who also has more yards and targets than Tonyan. Or you want someone hot, how about Mike Gesicki who has scored each of the last two weeks. And yes, he too has more receiving yards than Tonyan.
I don't get it. Tonyan is an okay play if you have no other option. But given the entire pool of TEs to choose from and only two are seen more valuable than Tonyan? No way.
NFL TE Rankings: Week 14
— 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.
(Top photo by Evan Siegle, courtesy of packers.com)