My Week 7 fantasy tight end rankings are in almost perfect sync with the ECR (Expert Consensus Rankings) minus one glaring exception: Mo Alie-Cox
I know, Alie-Cox has produced decent numbers so far. But he has all of 620 receiving yards after three complete seasons in the league. It's not like he is a yardage monster. Yes, he has three touchdowns this year. And that is the most he's had any season in his career to this point.
Do we have a reason to think anything is different this season? Yes, there is one difference – Carson Wentz is now the quarterback. And we know that Wentz likes to throw to his TEs. When he was with Philadelphia, he completed 328 passes to Zach Ertz, more than twice as many to anybody else. But Ertz was a second-round pick from Stanford. Alie-Cox was an undrafted free agent who played basketball for VCU. Alie-Cox is no Ertz.
Furthermore, his matchup this week could not be much worse. Indianapolis will be on the road to take on a rested San Francisco team coming off the bye. The 49ers have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to tight ends this season.
Maybe I'm wrong and Alie-Cox should be a top-20 fantasy TE this week. Go ahead, send me your arguments. I'll change my rankings if someone can convince me. Good luck though, because I don't see it happening.
NFL Tight End Rankings: Week 7
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Dallas, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, Pittsburgh
— 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.