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Tight end is often seen as a throwaway position for most fantasy teams. Traditionally, they don't have the same appeal as wide receivers or running backs, but you can at least set yourself up nice with a tight end who can get some decent target numbers -- hopefully, those targets are in the red zone. 

But that's far from the actual case. A smart tight end play can be what ultimately decides your matchup any given week. So, in Week 2 should you start Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook or Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle?

First, let's take a look at how the two did in their respective Week 1 matchups:

Cook (vs LAR): 9 receptions, 180 yards, 18.0 fantasy points

Doyle (vs CIN): 7 receptions, 60 yards, 6.0 fantasy points

At first glance, the advantage appears to go toward Cook, but you never want to just decide off how many points were scored in a single week. If we look closer, Cook saw 12 targets while Doyle had 10, making the workload similar; even the receptions were nearly identical. The biggest difference was that Cook was barreling through defenders and gaining yards after the catch. 

What will ultimately make the decision for us is which opposing defense each player will face in Week 2. Cook goes up against the Denver Broncos, who gave up 17.6 points to opposing tight ends in Week 1, while Doyle matches up with the Washington Redskins, who gave up a stingy 1.9 points to the position. Sometimes numbers don't lie. 

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