Jacob Tamme has been a tight end in the NFL for 7 years, working with Peyton Manning twice in both Indianapolis and Denver. Tamme has never been a prolific pass catcher and frequently assumes the blocking-TE role in an offense. Tamme is highly regarded for his blocking skills, but it appears that he now has assumed the pass catching role in Atlanta.
Consensus Ranking and Projected Stats
For week 3, Tamme is ranked as the 90th Flex PPR player overall, and the 12th tight end. His projections for the week:
Receiving: 4.2 catches, 47.2 yards, 0.3 TDs
Total Points: 10.5 PPR points
Current Week Match-up
Tamme has seen 8 targets in each of the first two weeks. Out of those 16 targets, he has 11 receptions for 126 yards and 1 touchdown. While Atlanta hasn’t produced a reliable pass catching TE since the glory days of Tony Gonzalez, Tamme appears to have a role. Rookie Austin Hooper is the other TE in the Atlanta two TE system, but he is currently being used primarily as a run blocking TE.
The total Vegas over/under is set at 53.5, the highest total of the week. Last week, New Orleans failed mightily to deliver on their high Vegas total. The combined score against the New York Giants generated only 29 points. However, with the Saints now 0-2 and facing an NFC South rival, I can see fireworks happening on Monday night. Facing Drew Brees, the Hawks may be picked apart by the New Orleans high powered offense. This game has the makings of a shootout (again).
I don’t believe Tamme has a season-long role, but I think that he represents a great streamer option this week at TE. If Julio Jones is hurt with his re-occurring ankle injury, look for Tamme to get even more targets this week.
Comparable Flex Starters
I’ve analyzed some comparable flex starters, along with a brief description of why I like them more or less:
WR Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Projected PPR points – 8.7 points
Vincent Jackson is the WR2 for the Bucs. While he received 9 targets in the 40-7 blowout loss to the Cardinals, he only hauled in 4 catches for 44 yards. Many of those yards came in garbage time. With the erratic play of Jameis Winston and the potential loss of Doug Martin this week, look for the Bucs to throw to Mike Evans. Evans received a whopping 17 targets in the game against Arizona, and figures to receive a large portion of the targets once again. Facing a tough L.A Rams defense, I don’t see Vincent Jackson doing anything useful for fantasy purposes this week.
Conclusion: Start Jacob Tamme over Vincent Jackson
TE Zach Miller, Chicago Bears. Projected PPR points – 8.9 points
Zach Miller was a popular sleeper pick at TE for many experts coming into the season, giving his strong finish to the 2015 season and his rapport with Jay Cutler. However, there are multiple reports that Cutler has ligament damage in his thumb from the Monday night game against Philadelphia. Miller hasn’t been lighting the NFL on fire to date. He has 7 catches for 47 yards and no touchdowns through the first two weeks. With Cutler missing, he loses a large reason why people were drafting him. It remains unknown what sort of rapport Miller will have with Brian Hoyer.
Conclusion: Start Jacob Tamme over Zach Miller
Record to Date:
Player Projections: 1 – 1
Start/Sit Recommendations: 3 – 1