Every single week when deciphering what tight end to start in fantasy football, there are multiple aspects to consider. Here are a few things to consider when spending endless minutes swapping tight ends in your lineup.
First, is the guy named Zach Ertz, George Kittle, Travis Kelce, or Evan Engram? If so, then they need to be glued into your starting lineup for the entire season—aside from their bye week.
Next, you need to highlight your options at tight end with who consistently receives targets in their offense. The better the volume, the better chance you have of your tight end producing for you.
Lastly, with the scarcity at the position, you want to choose a tight end that could score a touchdown. Unless it’s a top-tier tight end, it’s likely that the tight end isn’t a focal point of their offense.
Therefore, you have to rely on that certain tight end to get into the end zone to make it worth your while. With all of that taken into consideration, let’s pick apart what tight ends are reasonable to play this week.
Prior to doing that, all of these picks are based on PPR (points per reception) scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) leagues.
Without wasting any more time, here are the tight ends you should start and sit in Week 4.
TEs to Start in Week 4
Seahawks’ Will Dissly (vs. Cardinals)
The Arizona Cardinals are the one team in the NFL that can’t seem to contain tight ends if their lives depended on it. Altogether, Arizona has given up 23 receptions for 348 yards and five touchdowns to tight ends in three games this season.
The lucky contestant that gets to face the Cardinals secondary in Week 4 is Will Dissly. Dissly has caught 11 passes for 112 yards and three touchdowns in the past two weeks for the Seattle Seahawks.
Lions’ T.J. Hockenson (vs. Chiefs)
The Detroit Lions are going to need to air the ball a ton if they expect to defeat Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. By doing so, T.J. Hockenson should be heavily involved in Detroit’s gameplan in Week 4.
The rookie tight end out of Iowa has just eight yards on two catches in the last two games after having six receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. Look for Hockenson to bounce back against a Chiefs defense that has allowed 26 receptions to tight ends this season (most in the NFL).
Falcons’ Austin Hooper (vs. Titans)
In a time where tight ends aren’t easy to come by, Austin Hooper has provided us with a reliable option as a late-round option at the position. The Atlanta Falcons tight end has consistently been targeted in an offense that throws the ball often.
Hooper has accumulated 19 receptions, 177 yards, and two touchdowns this season. This week, Hooper will look to build upon his early success versus a Tennessee Titans defense that has surrendered three touchdowns to TEs this season (tied for second-most in the NFL).
TEs to Sit in Week 4
Buccaneers’ O.J. Howard (vs. Rams)
Everyone that owns O.J. Howard knows that it has been a rough start to the season. In Week 3, the Alabama product finally had a (somewhat) notable game with three receptions for 66 yards against the New York Giants.
As pleasant as it was to see Howard actually receiver some throws his way, his matchup in Week 4 is less-than-ideal. The Los Angeles Rams host Howard this Sunday and they have only allowed 77 yards to TEs this year (tied for third-least in the NFL).
Jaguars’ James O’Shaughnessy (vs. Broncos)
Along with Hooper, James O’Shaughnessy has been a consistently average option at tight end this season. The Jacksonville Jaguars tight end has 10 receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown this season.
O’Shaughnessy doesn’t have a high ceiling and his matchup on Sunday doesn’t help his case this week. The Jaguars will square off against a Denver Broncos defense that hasn’t given up a single target to a tight end in the red zone this season.
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