Martellus Bennett continues to put up solid numbers. Last year he recorded 759 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. Today against the Bills he caught 8 balls on 10 targets for 70 yards and 1 touchdown. Bennett was the 8th most targeted tight end last year and finished 9th in receiving yards. He is available in 7-10% of fantasy leagues.
Jared Cook will not be consistent this season. His quarterback situation is awful and his elite athleticism cannot make up for that. In week one he posted 4 receptions on 8 targets for 56 receiving yards. He has big play upside and is a touchdown threat but he remains an undervalued TE2. Cook is available in 75-90% of fantasy leagues.
And now we have that trusty old Jaguar… Marcedes Lewis. In week one Lewis caught 6 balls on 9 targets for just 35 receiving yards. He caught 4 touchdowns in 11 games last year and has 18 touchdowns in his last 58 games played. He remains one of the very few Jacksonville red zone threats. When Blake Bortles finally gets the nod Lewis’ value will rise into high end TE2 territory. Lewis is available in 90-99% of fantasy leagues.
Justin Blackmon has been playing significantly better in the second half of the season and makes an intriguing WR3/FLEX start in week 16.
Analysis: Justin Blackmon recorded 6 receptions for 93 yards Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. This was Blackmon’s second consecutive 6 reception game and second consecutive game with 11 or more targets. Blackmon is becoming a focal point in the Jacksonville offense and week 16 should be more of the same with a match-up at home against New England. We all know New England should score tons of points against the Jags next week and that means a lot of second half “junk” fantasy points for Blackmon.
At the moment Justin Blackmon is owned in seventy percent of fantasy leagues and is being started in thirty percent of them. It is a bit of a gamble to start Blackmon but his consistency is improving. He’s caught at least five balls in four of his last five games and tight end Marcedes Lewis seems to be phased out of the Jacksonville offense. It’s risky but week 16 against New England does figure to be a high target, six plus reception game from Blackmon.
Don’t look now but Greg Olsen has put together a solid quarter of a season and it is going largely unnoticed.
Analysis: Greg Olsen put up 89 receiving yards and a touchdown Sunday on 7 targets in a loss to Atlanta. Olsen now has 187 yards and 13 receptions over his last two weeks. He ranks 4th among tight ends in receiving yards and 4th in receptions yet he is only owned in a quarter of leagues out there. It really is time to add him to your roster over guys like Marcedes Lewis and Kyle Rudolph and even a Jacob Tamme. Olsen is also in the top ten in targets among all NFL tight ends and although the sample size is still a bit small all signs point to Olsen having his best season to date.
How many other tight ends are on pace for 1,000 yards and are available in three-quarters of fantasy leagues? Perhaps the best stat that I can give you is that Olsen is the most heavily targeted Carolina Panther with 31 targets on the year to Steve Smith’s 25. Yes, Greg Olsen is producing.