The last week of the regular season is upon us. That means, if last week wasn’t the championship game in your fantasy league, this week definitely is. Week 17 can be tricky to navigate in the fantasy world, since teams already locked into playoff seeds tend to rest their starters. This makes it much harder to find that one player who will be the difference between winning and losing. Luckily for you, BTSC is here with some suggestions on who to play at tight end. Here are three tight ends to start, three to sit, and three additional suggestions to fill in for those players sitting out this week.
Greg Olsen – The Carolina Panthers have nothing but pride to play for on Sunday and, as a veteran, that’s got to matter to Olsen. Olsen is still hurt, but he was listed as a full participant in practice this week.
Antonio Gates- The San Diego Chargers are another team with nothing to play for in the standings, but this might be Antonio Gates’ final NFL game. Gates is chasing the all-time record for touchdowns by a tight end, so he could benefit from some balls forced his way from Phillip Rivers.
Martellus Bennett– Bennett scored a touchdown last week, and he’s facing a Dolphins’ defense Sunday that he torched to the tune of 117 yards in the teams’ previous meeting. The Patriots are trying to clinch the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, so Bennett is likely to be involved in the passing game enough to warrant a starting position.
Dennis Pitta – Pitta is targeted often, which translates to him raking third in receptions by tight ends. Unfortunately, Pitta is only 26th among tight ends in standard scoring. So, unless you’re in a PPR league, skip Pitta.
Start instead: Jordan Reed
Delanie Walker – Walker has to contend with a new starting quarterback after the injury to Marcus Mariota, and a Houston Texans defense that plays very stingy against tight ends. Don’t lose a championship because of a potential dud matchup.
Start Instead: Zach Ertz, Eagles
Jared Cook – Cook has only reached double-digit points once this entire season. While some may believe Cook has sleeper potential, it’s better to find someone on a worse team with more consistent production.
Start Instead: Eric Ebron