Week 14 of the NFL season is here and so is BTSC to advise you what Tight Ends should end up in your lineup and what guys to let pass. It’s playoff time, and if you want to win whatever the league champion prize in your league is, that means you need an advantage wherever you can get it. Tight ends can be a streaky player, but if you hit on one during the right week, it’s a huge bonus to your roster. Below are three players to start, three to sit, and three suggestions to fill in for those players to sit for this week.
Jimmy Graham – Not only is Graham tied for the lead as the highest scoring tight end in fantasy, he’s also facing a packers defense that struggles with stopping tight ends. Graham is a difference maker and should definitely be in your lineup if you’re lucky enough to have him on your roster.
Tyler Eifert- Eifert has worked hard coming back from injury and rebuilding his rapport with Andy Dalton. This weekend’s match against a truly awful Brown’s team could be a coming out party for Eifert, who won’t have to compete with AJ Green for targets.
Ladarius Green – Last week in this space I argued it was smart not to start Green because he was still finding his place in the offense. Then Green went for over 100 yards and a touchdown against the Giants. Whoops. The silver lining is that as of this writing Green is still available in about 49% of ESPN fantasy leagues. Green is as good a bet as any tight end this week.
Delanie Walker – Walker is tied with Graham for the lead in tight end scoring, but this week he has to play against the tough Denver defense. Marcus Mariotta is still young and could be in a for a tough day throwing the football against Denver. I’d consider other options if he were on my team.
Start instead: C.J. Fiedorowicz Hou
Dennis Pitta – Joe Flacco has picked up his play lately, but that hasn’t translated to success for Pitta. This week’s game against a New England defense that shuts down tight ends isn’t a recipe for success either.
Start Instead: Gary Barnridge Cle
Hunter Henry – Henry hasn’t had double digit points since week 6. Antonio Gates is back to being involved in the offense, which has relegated Henry to being an afterthought for now in fantasy terms.
Start instead: Antonio Gates SD