How's this for a novel concept: Not only are Jordan Reed and Tyler Eifert poised to play in Week 1, Reed wasn't even listed on Washington's injury report, and Eifert has been a full participant through two practices! Seriously ... you can look it up!
And as long as things remain that way, owners shouldn't think twice before inserting them into lineups, even with Reed visiting a Cardinals 'D' that was fantasy's toughest on tight ends two seasons ago and no pushover last year, and Eifert perhaps no better than a third or fourth option with Joe Mixon and John Ross in tow.
New Washington quarterback Alex Smith loves throwing to his tight ends — Kansas City leads the NFL in total TE targets over the past three seasons — and going from Travis Kelce to Reed could equal a real lovefest if Reed is ready to play something close to a full slate for the first time. Eifert has 18 combined touchdowns over his past 15 starts, and even that spans the past three seasons, as far as red-zone prowess goes, you can't spell elite without Tyler Eifert.
One more Week 1 TE programming note: Steelers rookie fifth-rounder Jaylen Samuels, a true Swiss Army Knife for the Wolfpack last year, currently has Yahoo! eligibility at tight end and running back. He also has the Browns, who allowed 10 touchdowns to the position last season, up first. With no end in sight to Le'Veon Bell's holdout, Vance McDonald still hurt and expectations needing tempering when it comes to new Steelers RB1 James Conner, Samuels is absolutely worth an add if you've got the space.
1. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots vs. Texans
2. Travis Kelce, Chiefs at Chargers
3. Zach Ertz, Eagles vs. Falcons
4. Delanie Walker, Titans at Dolphins
5. Jimmy Graham, Packers vs. Bears
6. Greg Olsen, Panthers at Cowboys
7. Trey Burton, Bears at Packers
8. Jordan Reed, Washington at Cardinals
9. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings vs. 49ers
10. Tyler Eifert, Bengals at Colts
11. Evan Engram, Giants vs. Jaguars
12. David Njoku, Browns vs. Steelers
13. George Kittle, 49ers at Vikings
14. Jack Doyle, Colts vs. Bengals
15. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jaguars at Giants
16. Jared Cook, Raiders vs. Rams
17. Ben Watson, Saints vs. Buccaneers
18. O.J. Howard, Buccaneers at Saints
19. Jaylen Samuels, Steelers at Browns
20. Ricky Seals-Jones, Cardinals vs. Washington