Travis Kelce has been an absolute madman out on the field as he led tight ends in scoring once again. He mirrored his performance from week 13 with another eight receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown, the only difference being 10 targets compared to 12. 100+ yard games have become the norm for Kelce as he has eclipsed that total in five of the last six games along with four touchdowns during that span. Mike Gesicki has also been able to find the endzone a lot more as he has four touchdowns in the past three weeks. Two touchdowns last week made him the second-leading scorer for tight ends in the week. He has also picked up his yard totals as well with 88 and 65 yards games in the last two weeks. An injury may cost him an appearance in the tough matchup against the Patriots. Congratulations if you are still in the playoffs. Here are some of the tight ends you will want to be starting this week as well as some you should try to stay away from.
Opponent: Tennessee Titans
Again, T.J. Hockenson showed why he should be starting in all leagues with an impressive performance against a tough Packers’ defense. He had six receptions for 43 yards with a touchdown to put him over 10 fantasy points in each of the past three weeks. With Kenny Golladay out, Hockenson has seen an uptick in targets which has boosted him to the third-best fantasy tight end this season. With a good matchup coming up against the Titans, it is near impossible not to start Hockenson. With the roll he has been on and a favorable matchup, there is virtually no way he does not put up some high scoring numbers this week.
Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers
Opponent: Carolina Panthers
If four touchdowns in a row for Tonyan is not enough of a reason to start him this week, maybe seeing him as the fourth-highest scoring fantasy tight end this season will. Four straight games of touchdowns have boosted him into the top tight ends and it will not be stopping there. He has received five targets over the last four weeks and has been averaging 46.5 yards over that span of games. With the touchdowns to go with it, Tonyan has been an excellent tight end for whoever has been starting him. With another favorable matchup against the Panthers who have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to tight ends, there is no reason to be sitting him this week unless you have someone like Travis Kelce as well.
Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals
Except for last week, Eric Ebron has been on a rampage with a total of 11 targets in weeks 12 and 13. The lack of finding the endzone lately has been his only struggle, but he has been keeping up the pace with his yards and receptions as of late. He faces one of the best matchups you could get for a tight end this week with the Bengals. They have allowed the third-most fantasy points to tight ends this season and with the struggles of their offense, their defense is out on the field a lot recently, resulting in more opportunities for Ebron to succeed. The Steelers are looking to rebound after a pair of losses, so they will be filled with the motivation to run up the score.
Opponent: Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals are not a team to target with tight ends as opposed to last season. With Dallas Goedert finding it difficult to score highly against tough challenges, it is hard to start him this week when points are very important to championship runs. He only had four receptions for 43 yards last week against the Saints who are also a tough matchup to deal with. Having to share a workload with Zach Ertz also holds back his ceiling quite a bit. Only when Ertz was out with an injury did Goedert see some of his best games which gives a reason for why he is a risky start this week. A tough matchup combined with a split workload does not bode well for what a championship team should look like.
Opponent: Buffalo Bills
Noah Fant sat with an ailment during last week’s game which only adds to inconsistencies of his play. He has been off and on throughout the past eight weeks since the Broncos’ bye week. His target share dips and rises with no real pattern at all in terms of predicting alongside the matchup. The Bills offer a great opportunity for him to step up and be a large contributor in the game, but it could also be a one-reception, 10-yard game just as easily. There is no saying what Fant we will get which makes his starting potential very low. There is a lot of risk in what you will get when starting him which makes several other options much better than him. The Broncos are too inconsistent.
Opponent: San Francisco 49ers
I doubt you got this far into the playoffs with starting Dalton Schultz, but if you are still considering starting him, I would oppose it. He has peaked at five targets over the last three weeks which is not great when you are only getting a max of 44 yards. Even in full PPR leagues, he is not getting it done as of late. Only a touchdown back in week 11 showed any glimpse of his return to the top, but he has almost fallen out of any consideration. He has the toughest matchup for a tight end coming up against the 49ers. They allow just over 30 yards per game with a very small number of touchdowns on the season which is not going to give you any help.
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