Evan Engram is becoming a bigger part of the Giants' game plan, which bodes well for his fantasy outlook
There are four players within my Week 6 fantasy tight end rankings where I diverge from the Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) that I want to highlight. Let's start at the top with Mark Andrews. He's averaging a TD a game and Philadelphia is allowing the third-most fantasy points to TEs. I don't think I need to say anymore.
Next up is Evan Engram, who I need to offer a little more detail into. He has yet to catch a touchdown pass or even record more than six catches in a game. He also has yet to top 65 receiving yards in a game, and yet... I think Engram has a big game this week. He did score a rushing TD last week and I expect the Giants to incorporate Engram into the game plan even more this week. It doesn't hurt that Washington is giving up the sixth-most fantasy points to TEs either!
We then move down a little way to T.J. Hockenson, who I also like to have a solid game this week. He's coming off a bye and should be rested and raring to go. He has scored or caught at least four passes in every game so far this year. I think that's a very attainable floor for Hockenson on Sunday. He'll be facing the Jaguars, who are giving up a generous 12.5 yards per catch (30th in the NFL). Expect him to be a low TE1 this week.
Unlike Hockenson, the last player I want to highlight won't be a TE1. But I think he might be a top-20 option at the position this week and worthy of playing in 14-team and deeper leagues, and that is Irv Smith Jr. Now in his second season, Smith is starting to flash some of the potential that many believe will lead to a big year next year. He might arrive earlier than expected. If he continues to run passing routes on more than 70 percent of the Vikings pass plays, like he did on Sunday night against Seattle, he'll be a fantasy asset sooner rather than later.
Teams on bye: Las Vegas, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans, Seattle
NFL TE Rankings: Week 6
— 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.
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