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Fantasy Football Week 7 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Tight Ends

Another week of fantasy football has gone by and it was another week of throwing darts in the dark trying to find a viable tight end in Week 6. However, you can officially place Austin Hooper with the must-start options now (if you hadn’t done that already).

Based on where they were selected in drafts, you would think that Zach Ertz, Travis Kelce, or George Kittle lead all tight ends in scoring this season. On the contrary, Hooper sits atop the position in fantasy points with 110.

Most recently, the Atlanta Falcons pass-catcher posted 25.7 points against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6. That now makes it three out of his six games this season where Hooper has scored 22 or more points in a game.

Now, Evan Engram (if he’s active) will be the next lucky contestant to face the Cardinals defense that hasn’t been able to slow down tight ends. Therefore, if he’s active, start Engram in Week 7 if he’s healthy.

Besides Engram and Hooper, let’s take a look at other tight ends who should be in your lineups this week. Before we get into that, all of the picks 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 in mind, here are the tight ends to start and sit Week 7 of fantasy football.

TEs to Start in Week 7

Chargers’ Hunter Henry (vs. Titans): After missing the past four weeks, Hunter Henry was able to return to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 6. In his first game back, Henry was nearly unstoppable with eight receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.

There’s no doubt that Henry can continue producing as long as he continues to get volume in the offense. This week, the talented tight end will face a Tennessee Titans defense that has given up four touchdowns to TEs this season (tied for second-most in the NFL).

Lions’ T.J. Hockenson (vs. Vikings): Similarly to Henry, T.J. Hockenson also returned from an injury in Week 6. Hockenson didn’t have the performance that Henry did, but he was very close to hauling in his third touchdown of the season on Monday night.

There’s no doubt the Detroit Lions want to get their rookie tight end involved and they’ll continue to do so in Week 7. Hockenson will face a Minnesota Vikings defense that has surrendered 44 receptions to TEs this season (second-most in the NFL).

Texans’ Darren Fells (vs. Colts): If you’re looking for a fill-in or low-owned option at tight end; Darren Fells might be a decent candidate. Over the past two weeks, Fells has scored 28.9 fantasy points for the Houston Texans.

As most tight ends are, Fells is reliant on scoring a touchdown. But luckily for him, his matchup could present him a notable performance in Week 6. The Texans tight end will square off with an Indianapolis Colts defense that has allowed 16.7 fantasy points per game to TEs this season (third-most in the NFL).

Other TEs to Start: Seahawks’ Luke Willson (vs. Ravens), Bills’ Dawson Knox (vs. Dolphins)

TEs to Sit in Week 7

Colts’ Eric Ebron (vs. Texans): The expectations for Eric Ebron coming into the season were somewhat decreased when Andrew Luck retired. After six weeks, we are seeing exactly why those expectations were tampered.

After having 13 touchdowns in 2018, Ebron has just two of them this season with Jacoby Brissett under center. In addition, the athletic tight end has yet to have a game where he catches more than three passes. This week, it doesn’t get any better for Ebron and his hopes to be a top-performer in fantasy again.

Ebron will face a Texans defense that doesn’t have a strong secondary, but they have been able to limit 7.7 fantasy points per game (fourth-lowest in the NFL) and zero touchdowns to TEs this season.

Rams’ Gerald Everett (vs. Falcons): After having seven receptions for 136 yards in Week 5, many expected Gerald Everett to emerge as the Los Angeles Rams’ No. 1 tight end. Instead, Everett caught just two passes for nine yards while Tyler Higbee had three receptions for 25 yards.

Until one of them consistently shows that they are the guy, it’s likely worth avoiding the Rams tight ends for now. Everett faces an Atlanta Falcons defense that has been susceptible to tight ends, but it’ll likely be the wide receivers who do most of the damage on Sunday.

Other TEs to Sit: Jaguars’ Geoff Swaim (vs. Bengals), Bears’ Trey Burton (vs. Saints)