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Tight end is often the forgotten man in a team's offensive game plan, but having a difference-maker at that position can really boost you to a season-long win, or even a big payday in DFS.
Let's take a look at who those sneaky somebodies are for Week 2.
1. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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If you have a pair of hands and a ball thrown your way, odds are you’ll be a great fantasy option against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' porous secondary. Luckily, Zach Ertz has some actual talent that he’s bringing to the table, and he’ll look to expand upon the 10 targets that came his way in Week 1.
With so many injuries to Eagles pass catchers, Ertz will be relied upon heavily. He played 97 percent of the Eagles’ offensive snaps in Week 1. Only three tight ends (Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce and Jack Doyle) played in a higher percentage of their team's snap share.
2. Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts at Washington Redskins
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And speaking of Doyle, if it wasn’t for David Njoku and the 78 offensive snaps he played over five quarters of football on Sunday, the Colts tight end would’ve had more snaps than any other tight end in Week 1 with 77.
Unfortunately, Doyle didn’t get a touchdown in the season-opener, but he did have seven catches on 10 targets for 60 yards. The Redskins defense wasn’t particularly good against tight ends in 2017, and we could see more targets funneled to Doyle with Josh Norman doing his best to blanket T.Y. Hilton.
3. George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers vs. Detroit Lions
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If Marquise Goodwin can’t play on Sunday, look for George Kittle to have a bigger share of the 49ers receiving targets. In the season-opener, his five receptions on nine targets for 90 yards all lead the 49ers, and now they’re facing a Lions team that allowed six touchdowns to the tight end position in the final eight games of 2017.
4. David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns @ New Orleans Saints
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In Week 1, David Njoku was held in check by a Steelers defense that has done well historically against the tight end position. Looking ahead to Week 2, however, it’s important to note that no other tight end played more snaps in the season-opener -- granted, that’s what five quarters of football will do for you, but the 88 percent of offensive snaps were ninth-best among tight ends in Week 1.
5. Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans
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In 2017, the Texans ranked in the bottom-third of the NFL in both yards and touchdowns allowed to the tight end position. They allowed seven catches on eight targets for 123 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 to Rob Gronkowski.
With tight end Delanie Walker out for the season, Jonnu Smith now steps into that full-time role for the Titans, and this is a great system for tight ends as they typically don’t stay on the line to block much. In the Week 1 loss to the Dolphins, Titans tight ends ran routes on 39 of the 41 drop backs.
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