By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Ertz has favorable schedule
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.
Kyle Rudolph had his best season to date last year and seems ready to build on that, having a very favorable schedule for the coming year. The Ravens utilized the tight end often last year and seems setup to do that again, having the easiest schedule for tight ends. Martellus Bennett signed with the Packers to take over as the starting tight end and has a schedule setup for success in his first season. On the flip side, Vance McDonald and Tyler Higbee are two players many consider to be a sleeper for this year, but could have a hard time fulfilling their potential, having two of the toughest schedules for tight ends. Jack Doyle is another talent that many consider on the upswing but having the third toughest schedule for tight ends is a concern for the coming year. Take a look at the entire list closely before ranking your tight ends for the coming year.
FANTASY PTS ALLOWED 1. 49ers 176.42 2. Rams 178.64 3. Colts 184.18 4. Cowboys 184.79 5. Redskins 184.94 6. Seahawks 185.07 7. Jaguars 189.61 8. Cardinals 190.09 9. Dolphins 190.87 10. Texans 191.72 11. Giants 192.37 12. Raiders 192.81 13. Titans 193.46 14. Panthers 194.47 15. Patriots 197.02 16. Jets 198.91 17. Chiefs 200.64 18. Broncos 201.52 19. Bucs 201.57 20. Falcons 202.25 21. Lions 202.69 22. Chargers 204.43 23. Eagles 204.58 24. Bengals 205.36 25. Browns 205.37 26. Saints 206.88 27. Bills 207.26 28. Steelers 208.94 29. Bears 211.25 30. Packers 214.61 31. Vikings 216.26 32. Ravens 221.18
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (hamstring) has been cleared for training camp. He's been out for offseason programs, but is ready for a full workload to start camp. Beasley is starting his age-28 season, looking to improve on his career highs from last season (98 targets and 75 catches). He's a solid depth WR with a high floor but a low ceiling.
New Orleans Saints exclusive rights free-agent WR Willie Snead said he'll report to camp Thursday, July 27, despite his desire for a new contract.
Indianapolis Colts S Clayton Geathers (neck) will be on the Physically Unable to Perform list to open the season and miss at least the first six weeks, according to general manager Chris Ballard.
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to general manager Chris Ballard. The team expects Luck to come off before the beginning of the season.
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) was placed on the active/Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 24.
Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee, quadriceps) was placed on the active/non-football injury list Monday, July 24. LB Shaan Washington (undisclosed) was placed on the active/Physically Unable to Perform list.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) looked quick and explosive in offseason work. He's due for a monster season, according to beat writer Eric D. Williams.
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) is likely to be cleared for the beginning of training camp. Bernard is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) is expected to be ready for training camp.
Washington Redskins FS DeAngelo Hall (knee) and LB Houston Bates (knee) will begin camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) was one of the veterans to show up with the rookies for an early start to training camp Sunday, July 23. 'It'll be helpful for me just being here,' Murray said. 'I'm happy to be able to dive back into the playbook, and again, I want to learn it as much as I can, inside and out, so when I'm back on the field I'm able to play fast.'
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is the only player in NFL history with at least 90 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons.
Green Bay Packers WR Jeff Janis should make the 53-man roster this season but will likely be limited to a role on special teams, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones could emerge as the third-down back this year, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) may receive limited snaps during training camp since he missed some offseason workouts because of knee tendinitis, according to head coach Doug Pederson.
Philadelphia Eagles CB Dwayne Gratz was released Sunday, July 23.
Philadelphia Eagles DT Beau Allen (pectoral) and CB Sidney Jones (Achilles') were placed on the Non-Football injury list Sunday, July 23.
Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (neck) has yet to be medically cleared from offseason neck surgery, and his surgeon doesn't want to revisit the matter until sometime in August, according to a source.
Free-agent QB Robert Griffin III (Browns) has started to attract 'mild interest' from NFL clubs, four months following his March release from Cleveland.
San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin is more than just a deep threat, according to WR Jeremy Kerley. 'Working with him for the last two or three months, he's an all-around receiver and he knows what he's doing,' Kerley said.