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Evan Engram Producing as an Elite TE1 in Christian Kirk's Absence



If anyone asked you who you would say the hottest fantasy football tight end over the past four weeks has been, you’d probably immediately think of David Njoku. After all, he’s been absolutely dominant since Joe Flacco was installed under center as Cleveland’s starter – but would you be surprised to find out that in that four week span, Njoku is actually the TE2 in fantasy points per game and not the overall TE1? That honor belongs to none other than Jaguars TE Evan Engram, who with the help of some injuries to key weapons around him, has ascended to a level of dominance rarely seen at the tight end position.



Since Week 13, Engram is averaging a whopping 20 PPR fantasy points per game – for reference, the overall TE12 in fantasy points per game, Chig Okonkwo, is averaging just 11 PPR points per game. In that four week span, Engram has managed to rack up three top-3 weekly fantasy finishes, all in which he scored at least 17 PPR points. The significance of that stat? Prior to Week 13, Engram hadn’t eclipsed the 17 point threshold in any of his other 11 games all season – and he also hadn’t scored a touchdown in that time span, either.


That all changed on a dime the second that Christian Kirk went down with injury for the Jaguars in Week 13. Since Kirk’s departure from the starting lineup, Evan Engram ranks second among all tight ends in target share at 23% behind only Arizona’s Trey McBride, while also leading the pack in total targets and receptions in those four games sans Kirk. He’s scored three touchdowns in the past four weeks after scoring none in the first 11 games of the season, and caught at least nine balls in three of his last four games. While Trevor Lawrence’s status being up in the air definitely complicates things a bit for the dynamic TE, he should continue to be a target vacuum for whoever lines up under center for Jacksonville against the Panthers this week.

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