Week 4 Fantasy Football Defensive Matchup Exploitation: TE

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Sep 22, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) celebrates a catch in the first quarter of their game against the Arizona Cardinals at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Outside of Jordan Cameron, Jimmy Graham, and Julius Thomas, it has been a quiet three weeks for most tight ends. As you’ll see below, teams haven’t allowed a ton of points to tight ends for the most part. Because the drop off from top tight ends to most tight ends is pretty steep, it’s difficult to assume Tony Gonzalez‘s matchup against the Pats is a tough one. The Pats have only faced the Bills, Jets, and Bucs – all teams with minimal tight end usage.

The same applies for positive matchups. Scott Chandler isn’t going to run all over the Ravens D which has only allowed so many points because they’ve had to face both Jordan Cameron and Julius Thomas. There are only a few instances like that though so let’s take a look at all of the most and least favorable matchups of the week based on how many fantasy points each defense has allowed to opposing tight ends.

Browse Defensive Matchup Rankings by Position: QBRBWRTE

Highly Unfavorable, Unfavorable, Neutral, Slightly Favorable, Favorable

Rank
vs
TE

TE
FPS
Allowed

Defense

Week 4 Opponents

1

0.1 Jets Delanie Walker (Q), Craig Stevens

2

4 Jaguars Coby Fleener

3

5.2 Panthers BYE

4

5.4 Patriots Tony Gonzalez

5

5.8 Lions Martellus Bennett

6

7.4 Rams Vernon Davis (Q), Vance McDonald

7

7.7 Chiefs Brandon Myers

8

8 Browns Jermaine Gresham, Tyler Eifert

9

9.5 Seahawks Owen Daniels

10

11.9 Texans Zach Miller

11

13 Saints Charles Clay

12

13.8 Bengals Jordan Cameron

13

13.8 49ers Jared Cook

14

14.9 Bills Dallas Clark, Ed Dickson

15

16.4 Eagles Julius Thomas

16

17.1 Bears Joseph Fauria, Brandon Pettigrew

17

17.2 Steelers Kyle Rudolph

18

18 Falcons Zach Sudfeld, Rob Gronkowski (Q)

19

18.3 Cowboys Antonio Gates

20

18.5 Titans Jeff Cumberland, Kellen Winslow

21

19 Raiders Fred Davis (Q), Logan Paulsen

22

21.7 Broncos Brent Celek, Zach Ertz

23

23.7 Colts Marcedes Lewis

24

25.9 Redskins Mychal Rivera

25

26.9 Vikings Heath Miller

26

29.8 Cardinals Does Tampa have a tight end?

27

30.9 Giants Anthony Fasano (Q)

28

31.9 Dolphins Jimmy Graham

29

32.5 Ravens Scott Chandler

30

33.2 Chargers Jason Witten

31

33.7 Packers BYE

32

38.5 Buccaneers Jim Dray

*Values based on Yahoo standard scoring.

Browse Defensive Matchup Rankings by Position: QBRBWRTE

Igor Derysh is Editor-at-Large at XN Sports and has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sun-Sentinel, and FantasyPros. He has previously covered sports for COED Magazine, Fantasy Alarm, and Manwall.com.
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