Launch ‘Em & Sit’ Em is the best weekly look at NFL games and how they will affect your fantastic football team. Fantastic superstars like Patrick Mohames and Alvin Camara will not be included in this column. All player matches are based on a PPR rating system.
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Week 6 Start ̵
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Week 6 Start ‘Em: Tight Ends
Bye: Chargers, Raiders, Saints, Seahawks
Beginning of the week
TJ Hockenson in Jaguars
Hawkinson solidly began his second season in the NFL, finishing eighth in fantasy points in a game among the narrow ends. Alum in Iowa must continue to produce at a high level this week as lions travel south to face the Jaguars. Their defense was shattered, which was evident last week when it allowed the Texans 30 points. Jacksonville are also battling tight ends as players in the position have scored a combined four touchdowns and an average of 16.2 points.
Evan Engram against a football team
Engram has been running them for two weeks in a row, so let’s go for the trifecta. The veteran has a nice match against a football team that is fighting against tight ends. Their defense allowed 5.4 assists, 68.2 yards and five touchdowns to tight ends, which equates to more than 18 fantastic points allowed to play. Engram has also averaged a solid 11.2 points per game in his last three games against rival NFC East, so keep him in his fantastic squads.
Mike Gesiki vs. Jets
Gesicki’s great games were a bit elusive for fantasy fans, as he was not reliable in the statistics sheets. Still, he comes out with good statistics in a huge victory in San Francisco, and this week’s match against the Jets is positive. New York has allowed solid numbers for Jordan Reed and Mo-Ali Cox. Besides, Noah Fant looked good against them before he was hurt. Gesitsky, who has an average of nearly six goals per game, should be considered the best fantasy number 1 this week.
Jonnu Smith v. Texans
Note: Writing comes on Wednesday afternoon
- Dalton Schultz v. Cardinals (MNF)
- Eric Ebron vs. Browns
- Irv Smith Jr. vs. Falcons
Note: DFS plays will be released by Wednesday afternoon
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Week 6 Sit ‘Em: Tight Ends
Sit of the Week
Austin Hooper in Steelers
Hooper has assembled several consecutive nice static lines, which makes him a more attractive low-end star fantasy during the bye-weeks. I will try to avoid chasing points, as the match in Pittsburgh is not attractive. Their defense was difficult for tight ends, keeping Evan Engram and Zack Erz less than three points away. Overall, the position has an average of 3.3 catches, 37 yards and less than nine fantastic points per game for the position. I was going to fade Hooper this week.
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Jimmy Graham in “Panthers”
Graham was one of the best bargains among the tight ends, ranking a solid sixth in the fantasy points of the position for the strength of his four touchdowns. However, he did not return to the mandatory start status, and the game against the Panthers made him less attractive in week 6. Carolina’s defense is difficult for pass hunters, including tight ends, as the position averages only 33, 4 yards and less than nine fantastic points per game. That doesn’t bode well for Graham.
Rob Gronkowski vs. Packers
Gronkowski ranked equal in sixth place among narrow ends in clicks, but he was seventh in hurried clicks. Overall, he drove a pass route for 41 percent of his time on the field. He is also only 17th in the goals. I would keep the future Hall of Fame aside this week, as the lack of consistent clicks and targets makes it a risk against packers. Their defense is difficult for tight ends, allowing in sixth place with the fewest points per game.
Gerald Everett at 49ers (SNF)
This could also be “Rams with tight ends”, as Everett and Tyler Heaby are hard to trust. While Higbee played more pictures, he was on the field holding plays for more than half of them. Last week, Everett had more fantastic points, but only covered six routes in 30 photos. The 49s were solid against opposite narrow ends, allowing an average of 35.6 yards with one touch and the eighth least fantastic points. If you have depth, Everett and Higby fade.
He’s still sitting
- Hayden Hearst in the Vikings
- Logan Thomas v. Giants
- Jack Doyle vs. Bengals
DFS is fading
Note: DFS plays will be released by Wednesday afternoon
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