Last week I recommended starting Eric Ebron. It wasn’t exactly a slam dunk victory, as he received only two targets. Luckily for those who started him, he hauled those in for 39 yards and a touchdown. Those 9.9 fantasy points last week were good for the sixth-highest scoring tight end, but the underlying production screams flukiness. So, good call in the end, but not something you can feel confident building on. While he won’t start for you every week, can you continue to roll with Eric Ebron in week eleven, or should you start looking elsewhere for tight end production?
It’s hard to say that Ebron has been particularly good this season. It’s hard to say he’s been halfway decent. It’s even pretty much impossible to say he’s had any sort of useful, consistent production given that he’s had single-digit yardage four games this season. He mustered a modest 58 yards in week eight, and his 39 yards and a score last week were impressive enough to make me look smart. However, this season, outside of those two days has been a bleak landscape of mediocrity and failure.
This week’s matchup against the Chicago Bears is one of the worst you could possibly imagine for Ebron. They’ve allowed just two touchdowns all year, and one was the flukiest possible touchdown. The Bears literally just forgot to cover him and Matt Ryan took advantage of their mistake. Suffice it to say, they learned from their mistakes. The Bears routinely hold opposing tight ends under five fantasy points, making them essentially useless that week to their fantasy football owners.
Playing Eric Ebron last week paid off big time, but he ultimately was just a streaming candidate. There’s no reason to hold onto him this week, as this season he’s been far more likely to turn in less than one fantasy point than to turn in a useful fantasy week. His opponent this week won’t do him any favors, either. The Bears are one of the most stifling defenses against the tight end. If you picked up Ebron to stream him last week, high five, good work! You are free to drop him for any myriad of tight ends, including one of our sleeper candidates for this week.