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2021 NFL Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 3: Tight ends

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Noah Fant
Denver Broncos · TE
New York Jets
2021 · 0-2-0

Fant didn’t really take charge in Duval against the Jaguars, those honors went to Courtland Sutton who looked great. But Fant did have four grabs for 33 yards and a touchdown. Sutton is still going to factor in the mix, but Fant is still a tight end that needs to be started week-to-week. The Broncos could again get out to a big lead early which changes the game script, but that’s not enough to keep me from starting Fant.

Logan Thomas
Washington Football Team · TE
Buffalo Bills
2021 · 1-1-0

Some of you folks need to gather some perspective. Like that dude on Twitter who called Logan a bust after he scored 12 points in Week 1, and just under 10 against the Giants. We love him because Taylor Heinicke targeted him heavily in two games last year. And Logan was third on the team in targets against the Giants. The Bills aren’t a great matchup, but I’m still confident Logan will be one of the most targeted FT pass catchers in this game.

Dallas Goedert
Philadelphia Eagles · TE
Dallas Cowboys
2021 · 1-1-0

Goedert had a solid Week 1, and not so much last week. But look for him to be productive in a good matchup. The Cowboys have given up the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends on the young season. And it could have been more had Jared Cook’s touchdown not be taken away because of a penalty (A call going against the Chargers? How unheard of!). High-scoring game is anticipated here, so I’d feel pretty confident rolling with Goedert this week.

Jared Cook
Los Angeles Chargers · TE
Kansas City Chiefs
2021 · 1-1-0

I’m not 100 percent sure, but I’m starting to get a little concerned about Justin Herbert. Not enough to keep me away from any of the Chargers starters, including Cook who has a decent matchup against the Chiefs. Kansas City has allowed the 10th-most fantasy point to tight ends this season.

Rob Gronkowski
Tampa Bay Buccaneers · TE
Los Angeles Rams
2021 · 2-0-0

I was just saying last week that we can’t count on Gronkowski to score two touchdowns every week. But maybe we can. Let’s keep the momentum going. This isn’t a great matchup, but I don’t care because Tom Brady. And the Rams have allowed the third-most red zone targets to tight ends this season. And honestly, if Tom Brady wants to again give Gronk two touchdowns, I’m sure not going to be upset with that.

Sleepers: Cole Kmet at Cleveland Browns; Jonnu Smith vs. New Orleans Saints; Gerald Everett at Minnesota Vikings.

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Mike Gesicki
Miami Dolphins · TE
Las Vegas Raiders
2021 · 2-0-0

I really take this one personally because I was a huge advocate of Gesicki during draft season. And Gesicki hasn’t been great. Hell, let’s be blunt, he’s been awful. In my league of record, I’m so thankful I was able to grab Gronk off the waiver wire in Week 1, so it’s been less painful. I’m almost to the point where you can release Gesicki. I’m sure many of you are there already.

Dalton Schultz
Dallas Cowboys · TE
Philadelphia Eagles
2021 · 1-1-0

Schultz was huge in Week 1. Fine, he was relatively big sized with six targets in Week 1. But he saw a significant drop-off in Week 2 against the Chargers. The Eagles aren’t great against tight ends. They aren’t the worst, either. I expect this to be an Amari Cooper bounce-back game, so I’m going to keep Schultz on the bench. Or more likely, the waiver wire.

Hunter Henry
New England Patriots · TE
New Orleans Saints
2021 · 1-1-0

We haven’t seen a lot of traction from either of the Patriots tight ends this season. I kind of wish we could just play Tight End Patriots with a combination of the two. But for right now, neither one of those players are start-worthy. I still lean to Jonnu but feel that’s more draft bias than anything else.

Eric Ebron
Pittsburgh Steelers · TE
Cincinnati Bengals
2021 · 1-1-0

Ebron has done nearly nothing this season, with 19 yards on only one reception in the opener. And then he went full bagel in Week 2 against the Raiders. He was targeted twice, but nothing. Rookie Pat Freiermuth caught four of his targets. But this is a tough matchup against the Bengals, who have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to tight ends this season.

Dawson Knox
Buffalo Bills · TE
Washington Football Team
2021 · 1-1-0

Don’t you dare be point-chasing with Dawson. And sure, I’ve wanted him to be the next Gronk over the past couple of years, but it’s just not going to happen. He’s best-suited for That Helps No One. The Football Team has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to tight ends this year. But I can’t, in good conscience, recommend the Dawson. Even though I love him.

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