2018 Fantasy Football Remaining Strength of Schedule: Tight Ends





By Chet Gresham - @ChetGresham
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Ed. Note: The season is almost gone, but to help you figure out the last few weeks of the fantasy season - and into your playoffs! - Chet is mapping out team defense rankings for each position and charting them to provide the Remaining Strength of Schedule. Enjoy!

Here is how it comes out:






David Njoku, TE, Browns
Njoku has been a disappointment of late, but he still ranks 10th overall in tight end scoring and gets the best tight end schedule, as he will play at Cincinnati, at Houston, Carolina, at Denver, and back home against Cincinnati again. He has a bye in Week 11, and after five receptions and no touchdowns in his last three weeks, I expect he can be acquired at value.

Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers
The chances he returns to a full workload during the fantasy season is slim, but Henry needs to at least be on your radar because the Chargers' schedule looks great and Antonio Gates won't be able to capitalize. If reports start sounding optimistic, grab Henry just in case.



Jared Cook, TE, Raiders
Cook is the Raiders' No. 1 receiver, but their tanking and his inconsistency make things difficult to feel confident about his fantasy upside. The thing is, Cook is Oakland's best receiver at the moment and he gets a great schedule to finish off the season. At Arizona this week is a tough matchup, and despite the Ravens' weak stats against tight ends, Baltimore the following week isn't a smash spot, but after that Cook will play Kansas City, Pittsburgh, at Cincinnati and Denver. That's three home games and one road against weak tight end defenses during the fantasy playoffs.

Jeff Heuerman, TE, Broncos
Heuerman had a great game in Denver's first matchup without Demaryius Thomas, when he caught 10-of-11 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown against Houston, which is a strong sign that he'll see an uptick in targets with Thomas gone. Those targets won't stay in the double-digits, but even 5-7 targets a game with Heuerman's schedule is worthwhile. He gets a tough matchup with the Chargers this week, but then he faces Pittsburgh, at Cincinnati, at San Francisco, Cleveland and at Oakland, which are all top tight end matchups.



Jimmy Graham, TE, Packers
Even through 10 weeks of football, it can be difficult to trust tight end defensive stats, as some teams will have faces Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce while others have seen the likes of Luke Willson and Rico Gathers, but overall, I believe my rankings here are useful, on average. The Packers have the toughest tight end schedule to finish the season, as they go to Seattle, at Minnesota, Arizona, Atlanta, at Chicago and at N.Y. Jets. Add in the fact that Graham has seen large fluctuations in targets and I see him as an untrustworthy fantasy playoffs option.


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