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George Kittle has continued to showcase his dominance after last week. He had 6 receptions for 129 yards and a touchdown. He is the top option on the 49ers in the receiving game which adds to his value. Zach Ertz also kept showing why he’s the top receiving option for the Eagles with 12 receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown. I will be going over who you should be looking at this week in the tight end position. Here are my top starts and sit for Week 13.
Opponent: Arizona Cardinals
Gerald Everett is currently battling a knee injury that has him listed as day-to-day. Before officially starting him, it will be important to monitor that. Everett’s usage has gone way down the past two games, but this week’s game is too hard to pass up to sit Everett. The Cardinals have given up the most points to tight ends by far. Their 11 touchdowns allowed is the most by 3. I wouldn’t worry about the sudden drop in targets for Everett. It is mainly to do with the overall Rams’ offense which should get back into gear soon.
Opponent: Seattle Seahawks
Kyle Rudolph has been rolling the past few games. He hasn’t been a very great option because he has limited usage in the Vikings’ offense. He is very much dependent on finding the endzone, but that hasn’t been an issue for Rudolph recently. He is on a three-game streak of having at least one touchdown. In the last 5 games, he has 5 total touchdowns. The Seahawks also are a favorable matchup as they have let up the fourth-most points to tight ends this season.
Opponent: Miami Dolphins
Dallas Goedert is the second tight end option for the Eagles, but the Eagles use their tight ends so much that Goedert has value. Last week against the Seahawks, he had 7 receptions which are more than what a lot of starting tight ends can say. The Dolphins give another nice tight end matchup for the Eagles. It is likely that they will continue to fully utilize their tight ends including Goedert. Even though he is the number two tight end, the Eagles injury problems at wide receiver make him a startable option.
Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals
Ryan Griffin recently signed an extension with the Jets which indicates that the Jets continue to make use of him moving forward. In the past two games, Griffin has received a touchdown. His 109-yard game two weeks ago is his season-high. He had just 13 yards on 3 receptions last game, but the Bengals have been a favorable matchup for tight ends this year. Their 54.2 yards allowed per game is above the league average amount. As Sam Darnold continues to heat up as a quarterback, expect Griffen to be involved.
Opponent: Philadelphia Eagles
Mike Gesicki has been rising through the ranks of tight ends with his recent increase in production but it is still not very good for a starting tight end. His stat line for the last three games after his big 96-yard game has been 28 yards, 18 yards, and 28 yards with one touchdown which is his only touchdown on the season. To have significant value, he would have to score a touchdown which he doesn’t do much of with his first one coming last week. Unless the Dolphins’ offense significantly improves, I’d stay away.
Opponent: Los Angeles Chargers
Noah Fant looked to be having a more leading role in the Broncos’ offense but that still isn’t much. The Broncos don’t have the type of offense that you want to have players on. The real only valuable option in the passing game for the Broncos is Courtland Sutton. Fant’s normal three receptions per game are not enough to give him significant starting value. The Chargers are also a bad matchup for tight ends as they have let up the tenth least amount of points per game this season.
Opponent: New York Giants
Jimmy Graham is another tight end that is touchdown-dependant. The Packers’ recent struggles haven’t helped him either. In the past four games, he has just 10 total receptions. Last week, he had one reception for 7 yards against the 49ers. The 49ers are the toughest matchup for tight ends so it is understandable but it shows how involved he is against tough matchups. The Giants are a team that doesn’t allow much to tight ends either. They have allowed the fourth-least amount of points to tight ends this season.
Opponent: New England Patriots
Ever since the middle of the season where he had multiple two-touchdown games, he has not returned to that kind of production. He has had just one reception in each of the last three games and the Patriots don’t provide a good matchup to get out of his slump. The Patriots have had the best-rated defense all season. With the cold streak that Fells is on, there is no great reason to start him this week, especially with the bad matchup. There should be better options ahead of him even in deeper leagues.
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