Sometimes, all it takes is one play. Gesicki’s 5-91-0 line from last Sunday against the 49ers looks nice on the surface. You should note, however, that most of it came on one play in the second quarter as Ryan Fitzpatrick lofted a ball over Niners’ defense, Gesicki caught it and rumbled down the sidelines for a 70-yard gain. That one play really made Gesicki’s day look better than it was, but hey, fantasy owners will take it, especially given the hit-or-miss landscape at the tight end position writ large.
Fantasy Football analysis: Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki
Gesicki has been hit-or-miss himself this season. He started the campaign with the 3-30 line that seems to be the position’s form letter type of box score. He exploded in Week two for eight catches on 11 targets for 130 yards and a score. He then put up nearly identical outputs in Weeks 3 and 4 — one catch, 15 yards. The only difference was his one catch versus Jacksonville (pictured above) ended in the end zone. That led into his Week 5 performance, which was heavily dependent on that one catch-and-run.
The good thing is Gesicki has the athleticism to make such plays. The bad thing is you never know when they are going to come. When they don’t, you could be stuck with a dude. The Jets have been simply OK versus tight ends this year. None of them have exceeded 50 yards against New York thus far, although Jordan Reed scored twice against them in Week 2 and Mo Alie Cox followed with a TD in Week 3. There’s no reason why Gesicki can’t experience the same good fortune.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
It’s difficult to feel comfortable about any tight end beyond the position’s few must-start players. That said, Gesicki is one of the better options this week from outside that group. He is the fourth-most expensive TE on the DraftKings slate at $5,500, a full grand less than Mark Andrews.