Start of the Week –
Tyler Higbee vs San Francisco 49ers
Higbee is a must start this weekend against the 49ers despite the unfavorable matchup. Goff’s thumb has been an issue for him throwing the ball down deep. Expect Higbee who I believe had 14 targets last weekend against Dallas. Not to mention the guy has over 33 targets in the last three weeks. He is a must start in this rematch.
Jacob Hollister vs Arizona Cardinals
Hollister hasn’t been the most reliable tight end to go to, but you know what they say. Start your tight ends against Arizona. No team in the NFL has allowed more yards, touchdowns, or fantasy points to the tight end position. Plus, Will Dissley had a great matchup against them when he was the starting tight end. Expect Hollister’s numbers to be relatively the same.
Hunter Henry vs Oakland Raiders
If you survived last week’s encounter featuring Hunter Henry and the Minnesota Vikings, then he is a must start against the Raiders this weekend. The last time they met, Henry scored a touchdown and had about 13 fantasy points to my recollection. The Raiders defense also has given up the sixth most points to the tight end position.
Dallas Goedert vs Dallas Cowboys
While Zach Ertz continues to perform, Goedert has quietly been making his own starting campaign for fantasy owners. In fact, he has scored ten plus points in three of the last five games he’s played in. As we saw last weekend with Tyler Higbee, the Cowboys are vulnerable to tight ends. He should see plenty of looks with all the wide receiver injuries as well.
O.J. Howard/Cameron Brate vs Houston Texans
It is really hard to predict which of these two tight ends will go off against the Texans this weekend given all the injuries so I am throwing them both in here. Winston can’t throw down the field all the time so expect either one of these two tight ends to pick up the slack and help him out with his broken thumb.
Jared Cook vs Tennessee Titans
Noah Fant vs Detroit Lions
Mike Gesicki vs Cincinnati Bengals
Sit of the Week –
Kyle Rudolph vs Green Bay Packers
Don’t get me wrong here, Kyle Rudolph has done wonders this season, but that was mostly while Adam Thielen has been out with an injury. Thielen makes his return this Monday night against the Packers and it will be just really hard to trust Rudolph in this predicament. Better to be safe then sorry so sit him this week if you’ve got him.
Jason Witten vs Philadelphia Eagles
Witten had a very solid performance against the Rams last weekend, but I wouldn’t go chasing points here. The Eagles defense has managed to give up only four touchdowns and the fifth fewest fantasy points to the tight end position. Witten also didn’t have that great of a performance in their first go around only getting a total of 33 yards.
Jack Doyle vs Carolina Panthers
Doyle was my start of the week last Monday night against the Saints…and he flopped hard. It wasn’t all his fault though as Jacoby Brissett couldn’t get anything in the passing game. I’d keep him sidelined this week as the Panthers are the second best at covering the tight end position and the Colts should focus more on running the ball instead of passing.
Jimmy Graham vs Minnesota Vikings
Graham continues to disappoint his fantasy owners. He has failed to put up more than eight points in fantasy since week seven. I hardly see it getting any better for him with the run game becoming more of a an efficient process to lean on. Their opponent; the Minnesota Vikings have only allowed one touchdown to tight ends on the season which doesn’t help his case.
Ricky Seals Jones vs Baltimore Ravens
Ricky had a fairly decent matchup last weekend and delivered against in his former team; The Arizona Cardinals. However, the red birds can’t stop the tight end positions from scoring and it was a revenge game for him. I do not see this continuing as the Ravens have allowed only two touchdowns and the fewest fantasy points to the tight end position.