Mike Gesicki is going up against a Seattle defense that is dead last in the NFL against the pass thus far
My Week 3 fantasy football tight end rankings looked nothing like the final results: Jimmy Graham, Tyler Kroft, Eric Ebron, and Robert Tonyan?!?!? Show of hands, how many of you even now know for which team he plays? And those of you with your hands up, how many of you are related to him? Uh-huh, that's what I thought. Sorry, I'm not moving a single one in my Week 4 rankings even within sniffing distance of TE1 territory.
But you know who I am moving up a few spots this week? Hunter Henry. Some of this is just a gut feeling. But there are good reasons for me to move Henry up this week. For one, I think Justin Herbert will begin to target Henry more after seeing as many defenders in the backfield as he did this past weekend and now in his nightmares. Henry is already being targeted seven or eight times a game, but I think the difference is that this weekend he gets into the end zone against Tampa Bay.
On the other hand, the Buccaneers have been pretty stingy against TEs, so maybe the smarter play is a player who I elevated even more compared to the ECR (Expert Consensus Rankings): Mike Gesicki. He has the pleasure of facing the Seahawks, a defense that is giving up a league-worst 431 passing yards per game and has already surrendered 104 catches. I don't necessarily love Gesicki's ceiling, as Seattle has been stingy when it comes to tight ends (fifth-fewest fantasy points allowed to the position). However, his floor this week might be higher than any tight end that played this past Sunday given the two best, healthy ones (Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews) played on Monday night.
NOTE: Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee, scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET has been postponed by the NFL due to COVID-19 concerns. Players from those two teams will not be available for fantasy lineups in Week 4.
NFL TE Rankings: Week 4
— 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.