Fantasy Football: 3 sleeper tight ends to consider playing in Week 1

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The tight end position can be extremely tough to gauge on a week-to-week basis in Fantasy Football. Unless you have Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, George Kittle, or Mark Andrews, trusting your tight end to give you consistent production is hard to do. None of the guys listed above should ever touch your bench, barring an injury or their bye week. Even on their bye weeks, they can outperform some of the starting tight ends in the NFL.

If you’re someone that tends to stream tight ends every week — or if you play NFL DFS — then inserting one of the overlooked tight ends into your lineups can be a viable strategy. Matchups are crucial for the tight end position in Fantasy Football.

While it’s easy to list the premier names as guys you should start, here are three sleeper tight ends you should consider playing in Week 1.

Anthony Firkser vs. Arizona Cardinals

Over the course of the offseason, the Tennessee Titans lost Jonnu Smith in free agency while adding Julio Jones via trade. Even though the addition of Jones could limit his production, I still believe Anthony Firkser can be a great value at the tight end position this season.

Firkser is now the starting tight end for the Titans and he will be involved in what could be a high-scoring game in Week 1 versus the Arizona Cardinals. While Tennessee will run the ball often with Derrick Henry, and funnel targets to Jones and A.J. Brown, Firkser could be a red-zone target that could haul in a touchdown in Week 1, making him worthy of consideration in Fantasy Football.

Jordan Akins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Even though it’s not a surprise, the Houston Texans have officially named Tyrod Taylor their starting quarterback in Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Outside of Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins, the Texans don’t have many pass-catching weapons in the offense. As a result, we could see Jordan Akins shoulder a heavier workload than many expect.

We’ve seen Taylor favor his tight ends when he’s the starting quarterback and seeing that Houston is lacking weapons in the offense, it wouldn’t shock me to see Akins be a massive steal in Fantasy Football. Jacksonville’s defense has been awful to tight ends in recent seasons, so we also have that on our side.

Dan Arnold vs. New York Jets

I’m a firm believer that we could see the best version of Sam Darnold we’ve seen thus far in his first year with the Carolina Panthers. Darnold will face his former team in the New York Jets in Week 1, which is shaping up to be an intriguing game despite it being between non-contending teams. With Darnold under center, I’m a big fan of D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson in Fantasy Football.

However, there are reports that Darnold has built a nice rapport with Dan Arnold throughout the offseason. Arnold may not be heavily involved in the game plan every week, but he could have a noteworthy performance in Week 1 against the Jets. After all, he and Darnold both have ‘Arnold’ in their names.