Our Week 14 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 14 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.
Last week was the first time Jason Witten was held catchless since November 16th, 2008. While his streak of 130 games with at least one catch was snapped, he has a great opportunity to gobble up receptions this Sunday Night against the Giants. With Ezekiel Elliott looking unstoppable, I expect the Giants to be extremely aggressive with their attempts to slow him down. Expect a lot of man coverage with the linebackers being quick to jump the running lanes. Look for the Cowboys to counter this with a bunch of play action, as Dak will take his chances with the man coverage. Witten should benefit from the Giants strategy and should see his fair share of targets down the seams. He’ll be a great bargain in DFS this week, all things considered.
Well, it looks like this could be the third consecutive season we see this out of the Eagles. Its become a theme for the organization to not feature Zach Ertz very much in the offense and then towards the end of the season they randomly remember that he’s one of their most talented pass-catchers. Next thing you know? Oh right, he racks up big numbers and becomes one of their most productive receivers. Last week aligned with that train of thought when the Eagles tight end hauled in 7 receptions for 79 yards and a TD. Look for Philly to remember the fact that they have Ertz on the field again this week when they host Washington. He’ll be a legitimate TE1 this week. Start ’em!
This one will be a no-brainer. Posting touchdowns in back-to-back games, Eifert has looked like the red zone machine he was for all of 2015 in Cincinnati. With A.J. Green still sidelined by a hamstring injury, Andy Dalton should continue to zero in on Eifert as his favorite target, especially within the redzone. There’s no question that Eifert will have a great opportunity to post some of the best numbers at the position this weekend when the Bengals travel to Cleveland to play the 0-12 Browns.
Coming off his biggest game as a pro, Dwayne Allen reeled in 3 TDs from Andrew Luck on Monday Night’s thrashing of the Jets. This week, the Colts will host the Texans, as the game will have huge implications on the potential playoff picture for the AFC South. While Allen clearly re-established his redzone abilities last week, it’ll obviously be difficult to count on him to post anything reminiscent of Monday Night. The Texans allow the 4th fewest points to opposing tight ends and you can easily expect their defense to put forth a lot more effort than the Jets displayed on Monday Night in the Meadowlands.
After looking like a legitimate TE1 earlier in the season, its been difficult for Hunter Henry to contribute as anything more than a TE2 with him and Antonio Gates on the field at the same time. Henry posted touchdowns in consecutive contests before posting a dud last week against the Bucs, as he was held to just one catch for 14 yards. It’s just too difficult to project which Chargers defense will be the focal point of the middle of the field for Philip Rivers and the San Diego offense. It won’t be worth rolling the dice this week, as Henry should remain on your bench.
It’ll be hard to imagine that many fantasy owners are relying on Lance Kendricks as their TE1 for the first week of the fantasy playoffs, but consider this a public service announcement that you should’t be. Despite two double digit fantasy point performances in his last five, Kendricks is a middling option and a strict TE2 for fantasy owners. Even with the Falcons serving as a favorable matchup for Kendricks, he won’t be worth deploying this week. Sit ’em!