Our Week 2 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em is an in-depth look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they will impact your lineup decisions for your fantasy football team. Our list of Week 2 tight end starts and sits features regular fantasy starters, as well as lesser-known players, who are likely to exceed expectations based on a favorable matchup, or fail to meet expectations due to the strength of their opponent.
Alright, let’s try this again. Gary Barnidge burned owners last week by laying a goose egg in the opener in Philadelphia. But, with the Browns QB saga taking a (predictable) turn of events, the team has Josh McCown back under center for Week 2. The Barnyard has always been McCown’s favorite target and there’s no chance Hue Jackson and the Browns coaching staff goes two consecutive weeks without getting their big security blanket involved in the offense. I’m betting my rent money that Barnidge ups last week’s total of two targets. He’ll return to back-end TE1 status this week vs. the Ravens.
Coby Fleener’s debut with the Saints was a flop on Sunday, despite the team hanging a 34 spot and quarterback Drew Brees posting 423 passing yards and 4 TDs. Well, it’s a new week for the Saints new tight end, one that I think will be more fruitful for Fleener. Brees has always targeted his tight ends heavily and single-handedly resurrected Benjamin Watson’s career last season. Something has to give and it’s either going to be the volume, or a red zone score for Fleener in Week 2. Fantasy owners shouldn’t hit the panic button just yet, roll him out there.
While Jacob Tamme only recorded one touchdown last season for the Falcons, he continues to sneakily be one of Matt Ryan’s favorite targets. Tamme posted a respectable 6-51-0 line last week vs. the Buccaneers and should see a steady number of targets this week when the Falcons travel to Oakland. With Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu both battling ankle injuries, Tamme will be a reliable check-down for Ryan and the Falcons this weekend. Zach Ertz owners and owners in a bind at the tight end position should consider streaming Tamme for this week.
Recovering from a patellar tendon injury is one of the most tumultuous rehabs an athlete can face. With Jimmy Graham not even a full year removed from sustaining the injury, it’s unrealistic to expect the Seahawks to put him on a full complement of snaps. He remains nothing more than a stash with potential upside if he’s able to prove his health, but for the time being, fantasy owners need to find more viable options at the position.
Despite making a nifty catch for a touchdown last week vs. the Falcons, Austin Seferian-Jenkins can’t be trusted as anything more than a TE2. His touchdown grab was his only catch of the day, on his lone target, and his volume doesn’t project to be prevalent in an offense where he’s battling Brandon Myers for snaps. Owners who are in dire straits should turn to other options with a higher floor. Sit ASJ in Week 2!
Eric Ebron is coming off an impressive Week 1 performance where he grabbed all 5 of his targets, for 46 yards and a TD. While I remain high on Ebron from a season-long perspective, I still think there are a few variables that make him inconsistent on a weekly basis. The Lions are coming off an impressive passing day, but it came against one of the league’s worst secondaries, as the Colts were missing their starting duo of cornerbacks. The other element that limits Ebron’s week-to-week sustainability is the trio of Lions receivers who are expected to get the majority of work in Jim Bob Cooter’s offense. I think we could see some stability from Ebron as the season progresses which will force Detroit to ensure he’s part of the gameplan. For the time being, owners need to temper expectations on week-to-week projections.