There are some excellent tight end options this week. Top tier options like George Kittle and Mark Andrews have favorable matchups against the Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns respectively. The Cardinals were dead last at defending the tight end position in 2019 and the Browns gave up 10 touchdowns to the position. Those are the chalk plays, however there are some other quality options to explore in Week 1.
Check out Marc Caviglia’s fantasy football rankings and hot takes on the Week 1 tight end matchups:
- Old trusty veteran Jared Cook has some value in Week 1. The Saints tight end is always being targeted by Drew Brees where it counts and is a true red zone threat. In two meetings against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, Cook had 74 yards on 6 receptions and scored a touchdown in both games. Tampa Bay gave up 5 receptions and 60 receiving yards per game to opposing TEs in 2019 and I am going to predict it right now, Cook is going to make it three straight games with a touchdown against the Bucs defense. Book it.
- The hype surrounding Rob Gronkowski’s return to the NFL is 100. Gronk is back and he’s teaming up with Tom Brady again to try and win a Super Bowl. All the glam aside, this isn’t a good matchup for Gronkowski, who I would imagine is going to take some time to get up to game speed. The Saints allowed just 5 touchdown receptions on the season to opposing tight ends and under 50 yards per game. Gronk will have weeks in which he is a mismatch and holds a ton of fantasy football upside, but this isn’t the week. If he doesn’t find the end zone, he won’t have enough output to help his fantasy owners win in Week 1.
- I am excited to see Hayden Hurst make his debut for the Atlanta Falcons. Matt Ryan has always featured the tight end position when he has a talented one on his roster, and Hurst is that guy. Factor in the Seahawks’ inability to defend the position a year ago (97 receptions, 1,099 receiving yards to opposing TEs) and Hurst should be locked and loaded as a TE1 option this week.
Rankings are based on the following scoring:
6 points per touchdown
1 point per 10 rushing & receiving yards
-2 points per turnover
.5 point & 1 point per reception (toggle to find scoring format)