The prospects of success for the Week 6 tight end streamers were slim going into the games. They got a hell of a lot slimmer with the news that Jets TE Chris Herndon had injured himself working out prior to his return from suspension, and wouldn’t actually play in Week 6. Then, the games happened. Jeremy Sprinkle posted just 4.4 PPR points against the Dolphins. Gerald Everett was one of the many players who suffered from the Jared Goff meltdown against the 49ers and finished as the TE36.
It was ugly, but we move on.
Let’s look at the choices for the week ahead. As always, we’ll be focusing on players available in at least 50% of ESPN leagues at the time of writing.
DARREN FELLS (AVAILABLE IN 97.6% OF ESPN LEAGUES) vs. TENNESSEE TITANS
When looking at Darren Fells ranks among TEs this season, it is hard to be too impressed.
The two things that do stand out are his efficiency and his touchdowns. These have helped him secure three TE1 outings over the last four weeks. This is impressive, considering 14 TEs have more targets than him over this time, with 19 seeing a larger target share than Fells 11%.
Fells isn’t being used much but is making the most of his opportunities when they come his way. He has a decent matchup against the Colts this week. The Colts have seen the fifth most targets per game to TEs in the NFL, and are allowing the fourth most PPR points per game to the position. Four TEs have scored at least 10 PPR points against them in 2019.
DAWSON KNOX (97.1%) vs. MIAMI DOLPHINS
Dawson Knox is a player who looked like he may be ready for something approaching a breakout earlier this season. Then he sort of melted away, as his production went further and further down.
Granted, his positional rankings don’t make for fantastic reading, either.
The matchup isn’t too enticing either, on paper. Ever since the Ravens and their phalanx of TEs tore the Dolphins apart in Week 1, they’ve been fairly stout against the position.
But it should be noted that the teams that have played the Dolphins do not strongly feature the TE as part of their offense. Or at least they didn’t at the time of playing the Dolphins.
Knox has commanded at least 12 percent of the Bills targets in three of his last four games and is also No.3 among TEs with a 15.6 yards per reception average. The Dolphins have allowed 13.5 yards per reception to TEs this season, the 4th highest in the NFL. Knox does not have to be peppered with targets, but he offers the potential for a big play or two down the field. You could do a lot worse.
HUNTER HENRY (54%) vs. MIAMI DOLPHINS
I guarantee this will be your one chance to grab hold of Hunter Henry in 2019. I strongly advise you to take it.
The only reason I can think of that Henry is still available in so many leagues was due to a mass rage dropping of him following his injury earlier this season. Well, he returned in Week 6 with a bang. I urge you to take the opportunity to grab him. Henry’s performance against the Steelers and earlier deeds against the Colts prior to his injury have propelled him into the stratosphere of the ever toxic TE landscape.
He’s the TE17 and he’s only played in two games.
For those in need of a memory jog, Henry’s connection with Phil Rivers has been the QBs most efficient on a per-target basis ever since Henry came into the NFL.
Teams have targeted their TEs against the Titans, the Chargers’ Week 7 opponents, five or more times in four of their last five games. Back in Week 4, Austin Hooper of the Falcons took nine for 130 yards from them.
This could be your only opportunity all season to grab Henry. You’d be mad to pass it up, as acquiring him could mean you don’t need to stream anymore. But it’s your team.