We had a killer week last week, let’s hope that luck continues! Here’s your Top 5 Fantasy tight ends for week 10!
5. Jason Witten @ Saints
The Saints secondary has been pretty solid as of late, but Tony Romo and Jason Witten have continued to get the ball downfield. Witten has made some incredible catches over the last couple of weeks and he’s not been the blanket guy for Romo when he’s in trouble. Bill Callahan is calling Witten’s number several times a game and it’s made for great success. The offense still revolves around Dez Bryant, but Witten gets his fair share of work. He’ll still be the blanket guy when Romo needs someone to bail him out, but his plays as of late have been by design. He should be a solid start this week against New Orleans.
4. Martellus Bennett vs. Lions
The Black Unicorn has been an under-the-radar guy this season. He hasn’t put up numbers like the Bears would like, but he’s adding to the stat column every week. This week the Bears expect to get Jay Cutler back and they head to Detroit, whose secondary still struggles at times. Bennett is a big-bodied receiver type of tight end and they’ve targeted him in the redzone often. They’ll use him as a decoy for Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery going down the field, but he gets his fair share of work when the Bears are getting ready to score. He’s been targeted more since Cutler’s departure, but he’s shown up more as well – something Cutty should be seeing on film.
3. Julius Thomas @ Chargers
Thomas continues his breakout campaign against the Chargers this week. Yes, San Diego has one of the better safeties in the game in Eric Weddle, but the Chargers have only faced one legit tight end all season, and that was Jason Witten – who had his way with them. Thomas might not have the targets that the slew of Broncos’ receivers get – but Peyton Manning distributes the ball to his guys and he’s shown that Thomas is his go-to guy in the redzone. I expect a big game from Thomas this week fresh off a Broncos bye.
2. Vernon Davis vs. Panthers
The Panthers are mighty impressive this season, coming out of nowhere, and their defense has been firing on all cylinders. Unfortunately for them, they haven’t proven themselves against a legit offense all season. The 49ers are coming off a bye week and have had time to prepare for this Ron Rivera ran defense, and they should make the most out of it. They get Mario Manningham back this week which is good for them – but even better for Davis, who could have a hayday down the seam with the defense focused on another guy. Davis has been a luxury for Kaepernick – being more of a wideout than a tight end – and that should roll on this week.
1. Jimmy Graham vs. Cowboys
Jimmy Graham is the best tight end in the league this season. The Cowboys are the worst defense in the league this season. Add that with an explosive offense against a Tampa-2 defense that doesn’t focus on the tight end, and this could be a bloodbath. I’m sure the Cowboys will alter the defense a bit because they know that Graham is a monster – but no alteration will be big enough to keep Graham quiet. If there was ever a must-start in the history of must-start’s this is it.
Honorable Mentions: Charles Clay @ Bucs, Antonio Gates vs. Broncos, Coby Fleener vs. Rams, Joseph Fauria vs. Bears
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