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Tight End Strength of Schedule

Mon May 13 9:04am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Walker could rebound this year


The NFL has released schedules, so it is time to see how this impacts the fantasy world. Next up, the tight end spot.

Using our rules for our money leagues, we came up with a schedule strength ranking for the tight end position. We are using our fantasy defenses report to calculate the rankings. This report can be found in all of our leagues under the "reports" heading. We took the schedule of each team and entered the average number of fantasy points allowed to tight ends last season from all of their opponents to get our fantasy points allowed number. This is a good indication of the tight ends with the most favorable schedules for fantasy scoring for the coming season.

The tight end position was very top heavy last year, so finding the players that could emerge this year might be vital to a lot of fantasy teams if they hope to win their league this year. Players with a favorable schedule could help push their production forward. Delaine Walker battled injury last year but was heavily targeted when on the field. He could be a good buy-low candidate this season, having the easiest fantasy schedule for tight ends. Some other players with favorable schedules are Hunter Henry, Eric Ebron and Charles Clay. You might want to bump up these players in your rankings a little. Things are looking up for them because of an easy fantasy schedule for tight ends.

Some players that might be a concern this year are Jason Witten, Jordan Reed and Greg Olsen. Witten is coming out of retirement to face the toughest fantasy schedule for tight ends. The year end might help but he showed signs of slowing down his last year in the league and this schedule won’t help matters. Reed has all sorts of potential but hasn’t lived up to the hype and gets the third toughest schedule for tight ends. And Olsen is coming off another injury-plagued season and is a year older. He also has the fifth toughest fantasy schedule for tight ends. Take a look at the entire list below closely before ranking your tight ends for the coming year.

FANTASY POINTS ALLOWED
1. COWBOYS 169.96
2. GIANTS 170.16
3. REDSKINS 176.65
4. EAGLES 178.94
5. PANTHERS 183.2
6. DOLPHINS 183.67
7. LIONS 184.58
8. FALCONS 186.98
9. VIKINGS 187.3
10. RAMS 187.67
11. BEARS 187.84
12. BUCCANEERS 187.91
13. SEAHAWKS 188.23
14. PACKERS 189.17
15. BROWNS 189.32
16. BILLS 190.58
17. PATRIOTS 191.07
18. 49ERS 192.43
19. BENGALS 192.69
20. JETS 193.33
21. SAINTS 195.98
22. CHIEFS 196.58
23. STEELERS 196.69
24. RAIDERS 197.08
25. BRONCOS 198.13
26. CARDINALS 198.8
27. RAVENS 199.55
28. COLTS 200.72
29. TEXANS 201.31
30. JAGUARS 205.41
31. CHARGERS 207.43
32. TITANS 210.48

 

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

Player Notes
Jordan Thomas Aug 24 11:20pm ET

Houston Texans tight end Jordan Thomas was targeted six times in Houston's preseason loss to the Dallas Cowboys, grabbing two of those targets for a team-high 33 yards. It was a rough night for the Texans, who failed to reach 100 passing yards, but Thomas was the tiniest sliver of a bright spot. He still has a chance to beat out Jordan Akins for the starting tight end job, though the word "starting" isn't likely to mean much as Akins, Thomas, and veteran Darren Fells will all rotate in and out, with rookie Kahale Warring expected to play a small role if healthy. Thomas has potential in fantasy leagues, but if Houston plays all of their tight ends, it'll be hard to see a path for Thomas to consistent fantasy relevance.

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Karan Higdon Aug 24 11:10pm ET

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Deshaun Watson Aug 24 11:00pm ET

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Joe Webb Aug 24 11:00pm ET

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Jimmy Garoppolo Aug 24 10:53pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: After a horrible preseason debut, Garoppolo looked sharp in his second appearance. The 49ers added a bunch of weapons this offseason, but Garoppolo is still an unproven commodity. Consider him a midrange QB2 with upside.

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Andrew Luck Aug 24 10:53pm ET

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Robby Anderson Aug 24 10:50pm ET

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Michael Gallup Aug 24 10:43pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: Gallup enters the season as the No. 2 option in the Dallas passing game, but he is still likely to be a big-play dependent deep threat. He's worth a look as a WR5.

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Lamar Miller Aug 24 10:40pm ET

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Christian Kirk Aug 24 10:30pm ET

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Chase Edmonds Aug 24 10:30pm ET

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Ty Montgomery Aug 24 10:30pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: Johnson has been a major weapon in the passing game in the past, and if given an every-down role, RB2 production seems like his floor, especially in PPR formats. Add him now if he is available in your league.

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Sam Darnold Aug 24 10:20pm ET

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Deon Cain Aug 24 10:03pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: In one of the most shocking moves in recent memory, Luck has apparently decided to step away from the NFL. The move not only hurts Luck owners, but also fantasy owners who have invested in other members of the Indianapolis offense. Jacoby Brissett will become the new starting quarterback for the Colts.

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Lamar Miller Aug 24 9:53pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: If Miller is out for the year, Duke Johnson becomes the most experienced back on the Houston roster. He would have RB2 upside in PPR formats if given a steady workload, but Damarea Crockett would also be worth a speculative add.

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