Week 3 Fantasy Football TE Report: Starts, Matchup Downgrades and Streams

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Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) gains yards after catch during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium.

  • The Action Network ranked fantasy football tight ends across standard, PPR and half-point PPR leagues for Week 3.
  • Here's a deeper dive on the TEs you should start, including Evan Engram and Austin Hooper -- plus two you should fade.

Which tight ends have the most favorable fantasy matchups? Who is the best streaming option? And who has a poor matchup?

Here’s a breakdown of five of the top fantasy football tight ends, as ranked by Sean Koerner, Chris Raybon and Matthew Freedman in their Week 3 fantasy football rankings.

The No. 1 TE

Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

Gronk is always in a tier of his own. He’ll take on a Lions defense that has allowed the 12th-most receiving yards per game and the seventh-most passing touchdowns to tight ends this season.

His ceiling projection is three points higher than any other tight end in the FantasyLabs Player Models.

Most Favorable Matchups

Evan Engram, New York Giants

Engram’s target share (16%) isn’t ideal, but he’ll take on a Texans defense that got torched by Gronkowski (seven catches, 123 yards, one touchdown) in Week 1. Engram saw seven targets last week, and if he’s in the six-to-eight-target range in Week 3, that could suffice.

Our rankers have Engram inside the top 10 in half-PPR, PPR and standard leagues.

Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders

Cook has been great for the Raiders this season, possessing 32% of their air yards and 22% of their target share. Now he gets a Dolphins defense that ranked in the bottom three in yards (1,034) and touchdowns (10) allowed to tight ends last season.

Matchup Downgrade

Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts
Doyle is always in play based on volume, plus he has run 48 more pass routes than Ebron, but the matchup isn’t the best against an Eagles defense that allowed the 12th-fewest yards and just five touchdowns to tight ends last year.
Koerner, Freedman and Raybon have both tight ends inside the top 17.

The Best Stream

Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons

Hooper ranks second on the team in targets, but sadly, it’s just nine total targets, as Julio Jones has amassed 28 targets through the first two games.

Hooper is a touchdown-dependent, boom-or-bust option, but he has been utilized in the red zone so far, representing 27% of the red-zone target share for the Falcons.

He’s sporting an average rank of 14.3 among our rankers.

Want another edge? Be sure to keep up with the week’s news on FantasyLabs.