I’m done trying to convince you to include Kyle Pitts on your fantasy football teams. I still rank him as a minor top 12 option because I think the Falcons eventually need to wake up and realize it’s 2022 and use their giant talent receivers (including Drake London) right. but I can’t do it. more business for him.
And I can’t keep telling you to put someone like Pat Freiermuth in his place. In fact, I can’t tell you that Fryermuth was sitting on many other tight ends at this point – in Week 8, I would only say that Mark Andrews, Dallas Godert and George Kittle should definitely be ahead of him. Freiermuth is now in the top 5 for me in week 8 and he could be one of them for the rest of the season.
To some extent, this speaks to the lack of viable options in this position, but it is also an underestimation of Freiermuth. He has played five full games this season and has nine or more goals in three of them; he had seven in one of the others. This resulted in three games of 75 yards or more—only Andrews and Travis Kelsey had more than two such games.
Freiermuth has taken a small step up in efficiency this season by increasing his yards per target from 6.3 to 7.6, mainly because he plays more on the field and his average target depth has increased from 5.3 to 8. ,0. I don’t think Freiermuth poses much of a threat to the Kelsey/Andrews level, but even in a crowded corps hosting the Steelers, he does enough to justify a spot on the fantasy roster every week. He’s in my top 5 tight ends this week and he’ll probably stay one of them for the rest of the road. Here’s what the rest of my tight rankings look like in week 8.
- Mark Andrews @TB — Andrews had a rare 0-fer in week 7 but I’ll chalk it up to a weird game where Lamar Jackson only threw the ball 16 times. They will likely have to throw more against Tom Brady and the Bucks this week, and Andrews will still be the focus of this passing game. If you ever had a chance to buy Andrews for a low price then this is it.
- Dallas Goedert vs. PIT
- George Kittle @LAR — Kittle started out slow but now has 37.1 PPRs over the last two games with 19 targets and is very similar to the same elite fantasy variant he’s been in the last few years. There will be some ups and downs given the significant targeted competition it has, but I don’t think there’s any world you’re sitting in right now, Kittle.
- Tyler Higbee vs. SF – Higbee is hard to rank right now. He was targeted for the first five games of the season and then only saw two in the final week before the bye. It would be an exaggeration to say that the latter was more like what we’ve come to expect, but Higbee hasn’t been a mandatory starting tight end before and I don’t know if I expect him to move forward. He averaged his worst yards per goal since his rookie days with such extended use, and I think he was probably overextended on offense and didn’t have the best options. If Van Jefferson returns from IR and Allen Robinson shows signs of life, I expect Higbee’s role to be reduced. It’s still a viable starter option, but there are a lot of downsides here.
- Pat Freiermuth @PHI
- Zach Ertz @MIN — Since DeAndre Hopkins was first active last week, Ertz was only attacked four times in 29 pass attempts, and it bothered me that Ertz came into play. I don’t necessarily think he’ll have a 14% share target going forward, but I’m definitely worried that he’ll get enough targets to become anything more than a minor starter given his inefficiency.
- T.J. Hawkenson vs. MIA
- Evan Engram vs Dan. Engram doesn’t have the best reputation among fantasy players, but he’s scored 23 goals in his last three games and should probably start in most leagues. I don’t know if I’d have the guts to start with someone like Pitts, but I can’t in good conscience tell you to start Pitts with him at the moment.
- Robert Tonyan @BUF — Tonyan finished career day in Week 6 with just three catches for 32 yards in Week 7. It’s a great option for tight-end streaming, but probably nothing more. This 90-yard play is clearly the exception of the season in which he has not surpassed 40 yards in any other game.
- Dalton Schultz vs CHI. Schultz is clearly not 100% healthy and appears to have had another seizure due to a lingering knee injury at week 7. 49 yards), but it will be difficult to trust Schultz to move forward while the risk of re-injury hangs over his head. Whether you are willing to take that risk with your roster is, of course, up to you.
- Kyle Pitts vs. CAR – The Falcons threw 13 times in the game, 21 behind with 5 seconds left in the second quarter. It’s not a serious football team, and while it is, you can’t take Pitts seriously as anything more than a low-profile player. So far this is one of the most disappointing results of the season.
- Hayden Hurst @CLE
- Foster Moreau @NO
- Tyler Conklin vs NE
- Juwan Johnson vs. L.V. Johnson’s two touchdowns in Week 7 seem pretty random, but his role certainly looks to be a fantasy fit right now, with 11 targets in the last two weeks. Whether he’ll stay relevant once the Saints’ pass catchers are healthy is another matter, but he’s at least part of the streaming discussion right now.
- Mike Gesicki @DET
- Dawson Knox @GB
- Irv Smith vs. ARI
- Taysome Hill vs. L.V.
- Cade Otton vs BAL
- Noah Fant vs. NEW
- Kylen Granson vs. WAS
- Greg Dulcic @JAX
- Will Dissley vs. New York