Down the Seam: Top 5 Fantasy TE’s for Week 3
Welcome back to Down the Seam! Here’s your Top 5 must start tight ends for Week 3, along with some honorable mentions!
5. Jordan Cameron – Browns – @ Vikings
Jordan Cameron might be a name that surprises people this week, but look for the Browns to use him often. New starting quarterback Brian Hoyer learned in New England under a two-tight end set, so he’s gonna be looking for Cameron to make things more comfortable for him to get the offense moving. The Browns also traded away RB Trent Richardson, so there’s going to be more third-and-longs for the Browns to convert. Cameron should be a viable start this week for a Browns team that has no idea what they’re doing. They’re facing the Vikings this week, and while the season is still young, Minnesota has given up the eighth most points to tight ends and made Martellus Bennett look like Calvin Johnson last week.
4. Tony Gonzalez – Falcons – @ Dolphins
There’s not much to say here other than the Dolphins have been getting torched by opposing tight ends. Gonzo is a pretty good one, and he’s been the second most targeted guy by Matt Ryan. Should coast this weekend and is a must start if you’ve got him.
3. Vernon Davis – 49ers – vs. Colts
The 49ers didn’t fare so well in Seattle last week, but Vernon and co. should make up for it this week hosting the Colts. He hasn’t practiced so far with a sore hamstring but he’s on track to start Sunday. The 49ers are playing at home and want to make up for the poor showing in Seattle. The Colts have been pretty decent defending the opposing tight ends so far, but they haven’t faced a dynamic guy like Davis yet.
2. Jason Witten – Cowboys – vs. Rams
As the Rams watched tape on the Cowboys this week, they saw how the Chiefs handled Dez Bryant, setting him up in one-on-one coverage and not doubling him up. The Rams won’t do that under Jeff Fisher and they’ll be sure to focus on Dez, which in turn will leave an open safety for Witten and Romo to attack. The Rams face a double-edged sword in this matchup, and I think they’ll pay more attention to Witten, making up for his sluggish game last week for Fantasy Managers everywhere.
1. Jimmy Graham – Saints – vs. Cardinals
Graham went HAM last week with his 17 targets while setting single-game records all over the place. This week things get a little tougher for them as the Cardinals come to town, but Brees has a few select weapons. Jimmy is one of them and there’s no doubt that he’ll thread the needle several times to Graham who continues to benefit from the return of Sean Payton. He’s ready to roll and you’d be silly to leave him on a bench somewhere.
Honorable Mentions: Owen Daniels @ BAL, Antonio Gates @ TEN, Jared Cook @ DAL.
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