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Njoku had a breakthrough performance at Thursday Night Football, catching nine of his 10 89-yard targets and landing. He ran 26 routes (Amari Cooper led the Browns with 32) and targeted 38% of them. He has the talent to be a breakout tight end; all he needs is volume, and there’s a lot of room behind Cooper on the Browns. Njoku has a chance to build on his big week 3 when he faces the Falcons who allowed the second biggest fantasy PPG to stall (20.4) in week 4. He is TE7 in the week 4 rankings.
Higbee has averaged 8.9 to 14.1 fantasy points in every game this season. That might not sound like much, but it’s enough to make him the seventh-highest-scoring tight end of the season. His 24 goals this season rank third among tight ends and his 95% of snaps played are in the lead. Such a large amount of playing time naturally leads to opportunities. That’s a lot more than most tight ends can say. This makes Higby a good start even in a tough match on paper.
Hawkenson has his best game of the season, in which he caught three passes for 18 yards and a touchdown. In total, he finished with 10.8 fantasy points. But he sees pretty safe volume every week, which allows him to stay in the game as a low-level TE1. He has a favorable matchup this week against the Seahawks, who have allowed 14.4 fantasy PPG to title, ninth most in the NFL. This is after fighting against the position last year.
If you listened to the NFL Fantasy Football show (and why not?!), you heard me say on Monday that Knox is a player to worry about. The weekly volume just isn’t enough. Knox has shown that he will give you six to eight points in the weeks he doesn’t score a touchdown. But in a game against Baltimore that has been forgotten all season, in a game that can be a swinging game with two MVP candidates leading every offense, it’s a week to play Knox.
After seeing Braith catch five of his six targets for 52 yards, you might be tempted to stream him. Especially in a game that can be very high scoring or when the Bucks are playing from behind again. But this would be unreasonable, because. Mike Evans will return and Julius Jones or Chris Godwin may be so. There are too many people ahead of Braith in the hierarchy of goals to trust him.
Thomas had some hope after he scored a touchdown in the second week. But in week three, he set a season-high across the board, catching two 5-yard passes on three targets. His targets and yards have been dwindling with every game this season. He is firmly behind Curtis Samuel as well as Terry McLaurin in the target hierarchy and then there is Jahan Dotson and runners to compete against for targets. The lack of guaranteed volume, coupled with a game up against the Cowboys, who did a great job this season, and it’s a week to get away from Thomas.
Woods hit two touchdowns last week to finish in the top five in a fantasy tight end. This made his name attractive in the waiver telegram. But Woods ended the game with just three targets. It is hoped that a strong play will open up more opportunities for Woods, who is an athletic tight end with potential. But until we see it lead to wider use, he remains a secret candidate to be jailed.
Tonyang set a season high in week three, seeing seven goals and catching six of them for 37 yards. That’s encouraging, but that’s about as many goals as he saw in the first two weeks combined. It’s hard to trust until we see that usage is more consistent. This is especially hard considering the Patriots have kept Aaron Rogers under control in his career.