The top fantasy tight end Austin Hooper is out with a sprained MCL, and the Falcons don’t have a backup you can count on for fantasy production. Thankfully there a few worthwhile tight end targets out there to get us through the hard times.
In Week 11, the byes take away Jimmy Graham, Jacob Hollister, Jonnu Smith/Delanie Walker, and Evan Engram, who gets the bye at an opportune time due to his foot sprain. Tight end production has been thin as usual this season, so we’re always looking for someone to step up, and we have a few candidates here for you.
Jacob Hollister, Seattle Seahawks (3.7 percent)
Hollister is on bye this week, but he has the eye of Russell Wilson, especially around the end zone. Wilson used his tight end Will Dissly extensively before Dissly’s injury, and Hollister caught two touchdowns last week, including the game winner and another this week against the stout 49ers defense.
Noah Fant, Denver Broncos (8.8 percent)
With Emmanuel Sanders out of town, Fant has seen an increase in work. Over the last three games, he’s seen 18 targets for the second-most on the team. In Week 9, he caught three passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. He also showed his excellent playmaking ability on his long catch and run touchdown. With more work, he’s only going to get better.
O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (44.6 percent)
Howard is hard to trust after his awful start to the season, but last week he saw a season-high in snaps and targets on his way to four receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown. He had a great matchup with Arizona, but his usage is extremely encouraging for his chance to end the season strong.
Darren Fells, Houston Texans (26 percent)
Fells has been a touchdown machine this season, as he has accumulated six total and five over his last five games. His usage fluctuates too much to feel great about starting him weekly, but he’s on a top offense, and his quarterback looks for him in the red zone. He makes for a functional bye week filler.
Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia (26.3 percent)
Goedert continues to see just enough work to keep us interested with receptions on 16-of-22 targets for 178 yards and two touchdowns over his last four games. That’s enough work for a bye week filler, especially when you factor in his touchdown odds.
Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins (12.5 percent)
Gesicki didn’t live up to the hype coming off his best game of his short career, but he still was second on the team in targets, and one game doesn’t make a season. The Dolphins face a tough Bills pass defense this week, but the Dolphins schedule gets much easier, and Gesicki should remain the No. 2 target behind Devante Parker.