Our Week 10 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em is an in-depth look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they will impact your lineup decisions for your fantasy football team. Our list of Week 10 tight end starts and sits features regular fantasy starters, as well as lesser-known players, who are likely to exceed expectations based on a favorable matchup, or fail to meet expectations due to the strength of their opponent.
Whether or not Hunter Henry returns for Week 10’s game against the Dolphins won’t have any impact on Antonio Gates’ role in the San Diego offense. In Week 9’s win over the Titans, Gates proved he’s got plenty left in the tank, as him and Philip Rivers continued to demonstrate the chemistry they’ve shown for a decade spent together. Gates has essentially solidified TE1 value until further notice. So again, regardless of Henry’s status for this week, Gates deserves to be in your lineup.
Jason Witten had a monstrous performance in the Cowboys’ thrashing of the Browns in Week 9. Witten posted his first game of 100 + yards receiving since 2013, en route to a total of 134 yards and a touchdown. While owners might not be able to expect that kind of production on a weekly basis, it’s clear Prescott is starting to click with his veteran tight end, as this was Witten’s second consecutive game with a score. Dez Bryant’s role remains unclear in the Dallas offense, but Witten’s is definitely starting to be more clear. He’ll look to keep it rolling this week when the Cowboys travel to Pittsburgh.
In an offense completely devoid of playmakers, Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford has continued to look Kyle Rudolph’s way on a consistent basis. With Pat Shurmur entering his second-week since taking over the playcalling from Norv Turner, look for him to dial up more opportunities for Rudolph to get his hands dirty. With the Washington defense slated to blanket Stefon Diggs in coverage, Bradford should look Rudolph’s way on check-downs and redzone targets. He’ll be a back-end TE1 for Week 10.
Despite a slow start to the year, Bears tight end Zach Miller picked it up, as he’s posted TE1-esque numbers through his first eight games to the season. With Jay Cutler back for the Chicago offense and Jordan Howard proving his worth as an every-down work, Miller may start to see some of his production decrease. I expect the Bears to take more chances on the outside with Alshon Jeffery and Cam Meredith, limiting Miller’s time as a bonafide TE1. We’ll find out for sure come Sunday, but Miller’s descent back towards an uninspiring fantasy tight end may be imminent.
Vance McDonald posted a big game in last week’s defeat to the Saints. He recorded three receptions for 84 yards, that included a 65 yard touchdown. If you look closer, you’ll see the touchdown was a complete anomaly, as it was a quick screen pass with blockers out in front, where he essentially went untouched. With a trip to the desert on the menu for this week and the Cardinals coming off a bye, I think it’s highly unlikely he surpasses 35 yards receiving this week. He’ll remain a TE2 for the remainder of the year. Sit ’em!
Even with the absence of Jared Cook in the lineup, Richard Rodgers has not been able to prove to be an integral part of the Packers passing attack. With the team reeling from a couple consecutive defeats, it’s doubtful that Richard Rodgers will have any correlation to the Packers climbing out of a hole. With a trip to Tennessee for this week, look for the other Packers receivers to be Aaron Rodgers’ focal point in the offense. Rodgers is nothing more than a TE2.