Week 14 TE Start, Sit Fantasy Strategy: Start Jack Doyle

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Mike Gesicki has continued to show his increased role on the Dolphins. With the Dolphins finally being able to score, Gesicki has taken advantage. He has had a touchdown in each of the past two weeks with 79 yards to tack on to it last week. With the continuing change in how tight ends rank against each other, it is hard to determine who to start. I will be giving my starts and sits for this week in this article. Based on their matchup and also past performance, here are my tight ends to target and avoid for Week 14.

Start ‘Em

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts

Opponent: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jack Doyle saw his most targets this season last week against the Titans. He caught six of his targets for 73 yards with a touchdown. With Eric Ebron on injured reserve, Doyle is the main tight end option for the Colts moving forward. The Buccaneers are the worst team in the league against the pass. They have allowed the fourth-most yard to tight ends per game and the third-most touchdowns. With T.Y. Hilton’s return trending downward, Doyle’s appeal only grows.

Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams

Opponent: Seattle Seahawks

Tyler Higbee’s starting ability in fantasy leagues depends on Gerald Everett’s return. If Everett sits out again, Higbee has a great opportunity to go off again. Against the Cardinals last week, he posted 107 yards with a touchdown. This was against the Cardinals’ defense who is almost incapable of guarding tight ends. The Seahawks have also extremely struggled against the tight ends this season, giving up the second-most yards per game. If Everett starts, start him, but if he has to sit, start Higbee.

Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers

Opponent: Arizona Cardinals

I am personally not too high on Vance McDonald because he hasn’t had much of any output this year, but he was ranked decently high during the preseason and faces an excellent matchup this week. He has the ability to be a big part of the Steelers’ offense but just hasn’t yet. The Cardinals have given up the most fantasy points to tight ends this season, mainly through how many touchdowns they give up, but they also have given up the most yards per game. Their 12 touchdowns to tight ends against them equal one touchdown per game. The odds are in McDonald’s favor this week.

Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

Opponent: Chicago Bears

Jason Witten had his second-highest targetted game last week against the Bills on Thanksgiving. He caught six of his eight targets for 42 yards. He added both a touchdown and a two-point conversion to that total to give him one of the better tight end games of the week. This week’s matchup against the Bears doesn’t appear on paper to be a good matchup at first since the Bears have a great defense, but if you look harder, there is a hole in their defense. That hole is tight ends. They’ve given up the eighth-most points to tight ends this season which makes a good matchup for Witten.

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Sit ‘Em

Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints

Opponent: San Francisco 49ers

Jared Cook had a great game last week despite dropping an easy touchdown. For the most part, when Cook is slacking in yards in a game, he picks up a touchdown to cover it up. He had 85 yards on three receptions last week but still could have easily had more if he didn’t drop a couple of easy catches. With this kind of streak, I would usually say to keep him going but the 49ers provide the absolute worst matchup this week for him. Drew Brees will be limited this week and most of his yards will be target towards Michael Thomas and not Cook.

Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles

Opponent: New York Giants

Dallas Goedert falls as the Eagles’ number two tight end behind Zach Ertz who is their top targeted receiver. Last week, however, Goedert out did Ertz with 66 yards on six receptions. That has rarely happened this year and is likely to not be the case this week. The Giants have allowed just 34.8 yards per game to tight ends. If that number is split evenly between the two of them, that leaves Goedert with about 17 yards. That is not the numbers you want from your starting tight end.

Jaeden Graham, Atlanta Falcons

Opponent: Carolina Panthers

Jaeden Graham had come in to take over for Austin Hooper who has been dealing with a knee injury. There is a chance that Hooper makes his triumphant return, but nonetheless, Graham is not a good start this week. He did have a touchdown as well as 41 yards, but those will most likely not be replicable this week against the Panthers. They hold the seventh-best defense against tight ends this season. Even if Graham holds the top tight end position, his production will be limited.

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos

Opponent: Houston Texans

After a two-week spike in production, Noah Fant has significantly regressed in his role on the Broncos’ offense. Last week, he had just one catch for 5 yards and the week before, he had three receptions for 14 yards. Those kinds of numbers are not what you want on your starting roster. His next matchup against the Texans does not help his case. Fant is touchdown-dependant, but the Texans have allowed just 3 touchdowns all season. I’d stay away from him for the rest of the year.

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