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Fantasy Football Week 2 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Tight Ends

The tight end position is the most hit-or-miss position in fantasy football. That is unless you have one of the top-tier guys like Travis Kelce, George Kittle, or Zach Ertz.

All three of those guys are must-starts at tight end while the rest of the tight ends should be decided upon depending on their matchup for that week. Most teams use their tight ends sparingly in their offense so it’s important to pay attention to what team your tight end is facing.

Don’t fret, we’re here to help you make your decision easier by informing you what tight ends you should consider starting each week. This week, we’ll be discussing what tight ends you should be moving into your starting lineup.

Before we do that, all of the picks made in this article are made based on PPR (points per reception) scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) leagues.

With that being said, here are the tight ends you should start and the ones you should sit on your bench in Week 2.

TEs to Start in Week 2

Vernon Davis, Redskins

Ravens’ Mark Andrews (vs. Cardinals)

The Baltimore Ravens showed off their much-improved passing attack against the Miami Dolphins in Week 1. Among the beneficiaries, Mark Andrews completed the game with eight receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown.

The Ravens seem committed to getting their second-year tight end involved in their passing game this season. Coupled with the fact that Andrews faces the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2, then the Ravens tight end should be in your starting lineups this week.

Steelers’ Vance McDonald (vs. Seahawks)

The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t have many positives to take out of their 33-3 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 1. If anything, they came out of that game with more questions than answers.

The Steelers need to find someone who can take some pressure off of JuJu Smith-Schuster in the offense. Pittsburgh will learn in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks that they should utilize Vance McDonald more. The Seahawks allowed nine receptions to TEs in Week 1 (fourth-most in NFL).

Redskins’ Jordan Reed or Vernon Davis (vs. Cowboys)

The decision to play Jordan Reed solely lies within whether or not he actually plays in Week 2. If not, then you should feel comfortable inserting Vernon Davis into your tight end spot.

The Dallas Cowboys have a strong defense but their weakness comes against opposing tight ends. Furthermore, the Cowboys allowed 11 receptions to Evan Engram in their Week 1 game against the New York Giants.

Other TEs to Start: Bears’ Trey Burton (vs. Broncos), Packers’ Jimmy Graham (vs. Vikings), Raiders’ Darren Waller (vs. Chiefs)

TEs to Sit in Week 2

Jared Cook, Saints

Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph (vs. Packers)

The Minnesota Vikings surprisingly only attempted 10 passes with Kirk Cousins in their Week 1 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Because of that, Kyle Rudolph didn’t receive any targets in the passing attack.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t get any easier for Rudolph in Week 2 when he squares off against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers limited the Chicago Bears TEs to just two receptions and six yards in Week 1.

Rams’ Gerald Everett (vs. Saints)

Coming into the season, many expected Gerald Everett to become the Los Angeles Rams go-to tight end. Instead, Tyler Higbee was the one who was on the receiving end of a touchdown in Week 1.

Along with Higbee’s touchdown, the Rams also recently signed him to a long-term extension. Therefore, it may be wise to temper expectations for Everett until he receives more targets in the offense.

Saints’ Jared Cook (vs. Rams)

On the other side of the Rams game, the New Orleans Saints will deploy Jared Cook as their tight end. Cook was signed in the offseason but the veteran tight end had just two receptions for 37 yards in Week 1.

Until New Orleans shows that they want to incorporate Cook more into their offense, be wary of starting him as your tight end. Also, the Rams were decent against TEs in Week 1, allowing just four receptions for 36 yards to the Carolina Panthers.

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