The tight end position is much better off with Rob Gronkowski, Dawson Knox, and Logan Thomas playing, and each of them might be back for Week 10 after extended absences. Fantasy start ’em, sit ’em calls could become a lot simpler, as all three at least border on the “must-start” line. We have the latest injury updates on these three key TEs heading into the weekend.
Rob Gronkowski injury update
Gronkowski (back) missed practice Wednesday, and Tampa Bay is intending to elevate Darren Fells from the practice squad, so Gronk is looking to be on the wrong side of “questionable.” If he does play, he’ll be in line for a good matchup against a Washington defense allowing the 13th-most fantasy points per game to TEs despite largely avoiding the premier tight ends.
Dawson Knox injury update
UPDATE: Knox practiced again on Thursday, putting him seemingly on track to suit up against the Jets.
Knox (hand) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, so there’s a chance he could play in Week 10 against the Jets. If he’s active, he’ll be a low-end TE1, but we’ll just have to monitor his availability later in the week without a ton of information.
If he doesn’t play, keep Tommy Sweeney on your bench. He’s done nothing while Knox has been out. If he proves us wrong, good for him, but we’re willing to take that risk.
Logan Thomas injury update
Thomas (hamstring) practiced for the first time since Week 3 on Wednesday, but we’re unsure if he’ll play and won’t know until at least Friday. If he plays, he’s essentially a must-start, although he could be on a snap count.
We rank him as the TE7 in standard and TE6 in PPR leagues in the ninth-most favorable matchup for tight ends (Tampa Bay). Washington should have a pass-happy game script against an elite front-seven and potent offense on the other side of the field.