Week 4 Fantasy Football TE Report: Starts, Matchup Downgrades and Streams

Sep 27, 2018 8:11 PM EDT
  • The Action Network has ranked fantasy football tight ends across standard, PPR and half-point PPR leagues for Week 4.
  • Here's a deeper dive on the tight ends you should start, including Travis Kelce and Eric Ebron -- plus one player you should absolutely 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 4 fantasy football rankings.

The No. 1 TEs

Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce and Rob Gronkowski are tied with an average rank of 1.7 among our rankers.

Leading the Chiefs with a 28.5% target share and 22% of the team’s red zone target shares, Kelce holds the top median projected in the FantasyLabs Player Models for all tight ends.

Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

Gronk gets an exceptional matchup against a Dolphins defense that struggles against tight ends. He’s averaged 17.58 fantasy points per game against Miami since 2014 (per the FantasyLabs Trends tool) and his 25.6-point ceiling projection in the FantasyLabs Player Models is tied with Kelce for the position’s best.

The Most Favorable Matchup

Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts

Jack Doyle (hip) is expected to miss Week 4 and while Ebron’s five-catch, 33-yard game in Week 3 was disappointing (also dropped a touchdown), he did see 11 targets while running 41 routes and playing 88% of the snaps.

This season the Texans have allowed 196 receiving yards and two touchdowns to opposing tight ends and Ebron is tied for a team-high six red -zone targets thus far.

Ebron cracks the top 12 among all our rankers.

Note: Ebron (shoulder/knee) popped up on Wednesday’s injury report and missed practice. Monitor the FantasyLabs newsfeed for updates. 

Matchup Downgrade

George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

It’s difficult to be enthusiastic about Kittle now that C.J. Beathard is at the helm.

Kittle takes on a Chargers defense that has allowed just nine receptions for 97 yards against tight ends this season, including shutting down Kelce in Week 1, holding him to one catch on six targets in a game the Chiefs put up 38 points.

The Best Stream

Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons

Hooper is always a scary stream with how touchdown-dependent he is, but it’s one of the best matchups on the board against a Bengals defense that has surrendered 23 receptions, 218 yards and two touchdowns to tight ends this season.

Hooper checks in with an average rank of 14.3 for Week 4.

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

Credit:

Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) hurdles over San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (23) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium.

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