It’s time once again for fantasy players to begin making the tough choices regarding which players they will sit, and which they will start. To help with these decisions, I will be using Dave Caban’s Game Level Similarity Projections to identify tight ends that could be in line for a big week ahead, as well as some to avoid.
It should be remembered that we are very early in the season. As a result, we will not have enough data to generate a highly accurate projection for rookies and veterans returning from long-term injury. Once we hit Week 4, a quarter of the way through the season, we should have solid numbers for all. So please consider this when viewing the numbers below.
Benjamin Watson was a TE1 last week, despite only posting 8.4 PPR points. I mentioned last week that I wasn’t too enthused about his matchup against the Buccaneers. I and the GLSP hold no such fears this week as the Saints take on the Browns. Watson has one of the highest ceilings of all TEs in Week 2. After injuries to both Greg Olsen and Delanie Walker in Week 1, Watson offers tantalizing upside as a streamer. He is available in nearly 65 percent of ESPN leagues.
George Kittle is still available in a ridiculous number of leagues at the time of writing, almost 62 percent on ESPN. His Week 1 performance is reason enough for this to change, as are his GLSP numbers for Week 2. All of his projections see him among the top ten TEs for the week ahead.
The GLSP for Jared Cook is not encouraging, but I believe that he has a chance to smash these lowly expectations. Cook was the Raiders offense in Week 1, while the Broncos allowed 116 yards on seven receptions to glorified blockers Will Dissly and Nick Vannett last week.
Tight ends do not tend to enjoy themselves too much against the Vikings, but Jimmy Graham would still be someone to avoid this week. His days as a seam stretcher are long gone, and his debut for the Packers was far from encouraging. He reeled in just two of his four targets for a measly eight yards.
Jesse James stepped in for Vance McDonald last week and posted TE6 figures … with three catches for 60 yards. His GLSP offers a nonexistent floor and a ceiling not worth getting excited about in the slightest.
Tyler Eifert led all Bengals TEs in targets, receptions, and yards in Week 1. But three catches for 44 yards does not become a wonderful stat line just because your teammates only caught two balls between them. Still far from fully fit, Eifert would need a touchdown to smash his projections this week. The Ravens are rarely so accommodating to TEs, however.