Let’s take a moment to talk about the top-five scoring tight ends before Sunday Night Football in Week 8:
1) Ryan Griffin, New York Jets
2) Darren Fells, Houston Texans
3) Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans
4) Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
5) Evan Engram, New York Giants
Yes, on #NationalTightEndsDay, the top-scoring options were a who’s-who of “Huh?!”
You can imagine how fantasy gamers would feel about this — so, we decided to ask:
It's #NationalTightEndsDay !
Which key TE move helped you in fantasy today?
(Screenshots and GIFs encouraged)
— Yahoo Fantasy Sports (@YahooFantasy) October 27, 2019
TE No. 3 on that list, Jonnu Smith — who is currently rostered in just 19 percent of leagues —has now delivered back-to-back quality weeks while filling in for Delanie Walker, and he helped this fantasy player to what looks to be a solid victory:
— Josh Hicks (@mrhicksta) October 27, 2019
Unfortunately, this manager benched Smith in Week 8 — but all is not lost. Their hopes lie with another tight end — fingers crossed, indeed:
Fingers crossed.... however. I benched Jonnu... pic.twitter.com/2PxX1zItmS
— Insane Labz Affiliate (@R0lltide81) October 27, 2019
The second-highest scoring tight end, Darren Fells, went off in Week 8 to the tune of 6 catches, 58 yards, and 2 TDs (and helped his QB, Deshaun Watson, deliver a highlight-worthy play), and this gamer might be convinced of his season-long services (Fells is rostered in just 18% of leagues):
Picking up Darren Fells to fill in for Delano’s Walker...May keep him there too...
— DEADgelico. ☠️🥃 (@DavidDangelico) October 27, 2019
What makes these performances so special is that, before fantasy season, none of these tight ends (save Engram) even sniffed the top five in ADP. One who seemed like a clear-cut top five option before the season is Zach Ertz, but he isn’t on the above list. In fact, Ertz finished outside the top 20 in the Week 8. So you can imagine that, after we asked about #NationalTightEndsDay, some frustrated players replied like this:
Unfortunately for everyone who rosters Ertz, his backup, Dallas Goedert, found the end zone, so you can imagine how happy this manager was that a tight end started in just 20% of leagues returned his faith in him:
Which Week 8 tight end helped/hurt you? Let us know in the comments and hit us up @YahooFantasy !