Our Week 13 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 13 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.
With Jordan Reed trending towards being inactive on Sunday, Washington will once again rely on Vernon Davis in his absence. Davis has resurrected his career in a backup role this season in Washington, but has answered the call when Reed has been inactive. Davis has an impressive 31 receptions for 450 yards and 2 TDs in limited action, but is a good bet to get a flurry of targets from Kirk Cousins this weekend in Arizona. Davis will make for an excellent, cheap option for DFS players, despite Arizona being stingy on opposing tight ends.
After Antonio Gates turned in a goose egg last week against the Texans, he has a great chance to right the ship this week at home against the Bucs. With Tyrell Williams banged-up and looking ‘iffy for Sunday, there will be a number of targets for the Chargers to divvy up. Look for Gates to be one of the main beneficiaries after the team failed to get him involved last week in Houston. With Hunter Henry back and getting his fair share of looks, the San Diego offense will continue to feature both of them. If Williams is indeed inactive this weekend, Gates’ value will be that much more of a sure-fire thing. Start ’em!
Despite the questionable tag for this week against the Rams, Martellus Bennett is widely expected to suit up for the Patriots at home. This will be particularly important after it was announced that Rob Gronkowski would undergo back surgery on a herniated disc. While this is a devastating blow to the New England offense, Bennett is more than a viable option to replace Gronk. While the Pats have had the luxury of picking and choosing their spots to feature Bennett, look for Tom Brady to make it a priority to get on the same page. Brady should have no problem installing Bennett as an integral part of the offense come this weekend against the Rams.
Since Dwayne Allen has been back on the field for the Colts, Jack Doyle has been relegated to less of a role in the Indianapolis offense. He hasn’t found the endzone since Week 7 and has posted a combined 3 catches for 32 yards over the past two weeks. That about sums up his fantasy value at the moment. Things won’t change for Doyle’s fantasy outlook unless something were to happen to Allen. That being said, he shouldn’t be viewed as more than a TE2, or be in your lineup this week. Sit ’em!
Dennis Pitta has been one of the easiest picks to include in the ‘sit column all season — and for Week 13 it’s more of the same. Pitta hasn’t gone over 40 receiving yards since Week 7 and hasn’t caught a touchdown pass all year. If you’re a fantasy owner pressing at the tight end position, don’t rely on Pitta as the guy who is going to solve your tight end woes. Pitta won’t be more than an after thought in the largely ineffective Ravens passing game, this week against the Dolphins. Sit’ em!
Vance McDonald has given fantasy owners glimmers of hope this season, that have quickly been extinguished the following week. Struggling to string together consecutive worthwhile performances, the 49ers tight end will be largely dependent on touchdowns moving forward. He only has 22 receptions to his credit on the season and won’t be a week-to-week, consistent TE1. For this week against the Bears, he’ll be on the TE1/TE2 fringe and shouldn’t be in your lineup come Sunday.