Week 9 Begins’ Em: Tight Ends
Goodbye: Bengals, Browns, Eagles, Rams
The beginning of the week
TJ Ho Chickenon in Vikings: Ho Chickenon continues to generate nice totals for the fans of fantasy, as he managed to hit seven out of 10 goals in 65 yards in a loss to Colts last week. He has now made at least 9.3 imaginary points per game this season and his 12.4-per-game average looks good in a difficult position to fill. This week’s game looks good too, as the Vikings let four tight finishes score 11 plus points. Ho Chickenon will also see more targets when Kenny Golladay sidelined.
Week 9 Begins ̵6;Em, Sit’ Em
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Rob Gronkowski vs. Saints (SNF): Gronkowski has re-emerged as a solid fantasy pick since Bucs lost OJ Howard, and this week’s match against New Orleans left him a virtual start. The Saints have struggled to fend off tightly opposing finishes, allowing six points and the third most imaginative score into place. Furthermore, their defense added 10 imaginary points to five different tight finishes, including one (Darren Waller) scoring almost 30 points. Gronkowski is in a great position this weekend.
Noah Fant at Falcons: Fant does not seem to have recovered 100% from his injured ankle, but he saw nine goals (seven catches) against Chargers last week. I like him as a low-end number 1 pick this week, as Broncos travel to Atlanta to face Falcons. Their defense had eight touches and the most imaginative points to close, including three players in position who had scored 21 plus points. I would consider Fant a tight finish in the top 10 based solely on matches.
Eric Ebron at Cowboys: Ebron hasn’t hit a massive total, but he has 11 plus points in three of his last five games and has seen at least five goals in six of his last seven. This week, he is in a live chat as Steelers head to Jerry World to face Cowboys. Their defense has been generous with tight finishes, as six players in this position have scored nine plus points against them. While Ebron was like tossing the proverbial dice, this week’s game made him a worthy gamble.
- Jonnu Smith vs. Bears
- Hunter Henry vs. Raiders
- Darren Fells in Jaguars
- Hunter Henry vs. Raiders (DraftKings: $ 4,100)
- Jonnu Smith vs Bears (DraftKings: $ 3,900)
- Logan Thomas vs. Giants (DraftKings: $ 3,700)
Week 9 Sitting ‘Em: Ending tight
Position of the week
Hayden Hurst vs. Broncos: Hurst has been pretty reliable for fans of fantasy in recent weeks, scoring at least 10.4 fantasy points for three consecutive weeks. That should keep him active for most tournaments, but I’ll be careful with this game against Denver. Their defense has had difficulty in tight matches, as only two players in this position have scored 10 points more than them and no player has scored more than 13.6. Sure, Hurst could see more targets without Calvin Ridley, but I would still pause expectations.
Mike Gesicki at Cardinals: Gesicki has been very upset against fantasy fans this season, as he has scored more than eight points just three times and has four games with six points or less. That includes Gesicki scoring a total of 1.8 imaginary points in the last two matches. Tagovailoa barely threw the ball in his first NFL game, and the Cardinals let only a tight finish (everyone’s Jesse James) scored more than 9.3 imaginary points into them this season. Gesicki is a lackluster for me in the desert.
Dalton Schultz and Steelers: Schultz gave a very respectable 11.3 points in Philadelphia last week, despite the fact that the Cowboys had Ben DiNucci third wired in the center. Even if DiNucci is expected to return as a starter again this week, I would still be wary of Schultz against the next Steelers game on the standings. The Pittsburgh defense had a hard time finishing tight, allowing only a touch of the ball and an imaginary sixth-little score into place. If you’re stuck with Schultz, don’t expect much.
Trey Burton vs. Ravens: Burton has become relevant fantasies in recent weeks, as he has scored the seventh most points in place since Week 6. However, he is still sharing time with fellow Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox, and his upcoming match with Raven puts him at risk in fantasy tournaments. Tight finishing has had conflicting results against the Ravens defense, although no player in this position has scored more than 14.8 points imagined. Only one narrow end has more than 55 feet.
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- Robert Tonyan at 49ers (TNF)
- Greg Olsen at Bills
- Irv Smith Jr. with. Lions
- Mark Andrews at Colts (DraftKings: $ 4,800)
- Mike Gesicki at Cardinals (DraftKings: $ 4,300)
- Evan Engram at the Football Team (DraftKings: $ 3,900)
Michael Fabiano is an award-winning soccer fantasy analyst on Sports Illustrated and a member of the Hall of Fame (FSWA) Hall of Fame. You can follow Michael on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram for the latest news and analysis!