Our Week 15 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 15 tight ends 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.
Since returning from the PUP list, Ladarius Green has delivered a solid level of production that the Steelers envisioned when they signed him in the off-season. In an offense full of weapons, teams have been over matched trying to contend with Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell with Ben Roethlisberger facilitating. Coming off a lackluster Week 14, Green could have had a bigger day as Big Ben under threw him on a would-be touchdown that ended up getting picked off. This week he’ll have a chance to bounce back in a favorable matchup against the Bengals who struggle covering tight ends. He’ll be a decent TE1 option for this week.
While Sam Bradford and the Vikings offense has turned into check-down city, Kyle Rudolph has been one of the main beneficiaries of the underneath-oriented offense. Rudolph has proved to be more valuable in PPR leagues, as he’s racked up a number of receptions the last few weeks. That said, he always represents one of the team’s top redzone targets. This week, Rudolph and the Minnesota offense will benefit from a matchup with the Colts who rank towards the bottom in pass defense. Rudolph will be a viable TE1 for Week 15.
Delanie Walker has solidified himself this season as an elite option at the tight end position, following-up on last year’s success. While he has been a bit inconsistent as of late, he still remains Marcus Mariota’s go-to receiver, especially in the endzone. Despite a difficult matchup on the road at Kansas City, Walker will be a must-start for owners this weekend. I expect him to bounce back and he always possesses a good chance of finding the end zone. Start ’em!
Martellus Bennett recorded a solid performance in Monday Night’s victory over the Ravens, cementing his night with a nice touchdown grab. That being said, he remains a gameplan dependent option for the Patriots, as he’s been an inconsistent source of production for the New England offense this season. With a tough matchup on tap with the stingy Broncos defense, Bennett doesn’t project to replicate last week’s performance this weekend in Denver. He’s best left on your bench for the second week of the fantasy playoffs.
One of fantasy’s most inconsistent commodities at the tight end position in 2016, Coby Fleener put that inconsistency on full display last week in Tampa Bay when he laid a goose egg for his owners. This week won’t get any easier as the Saints travel to Arizona. The Cardinals cover tight ends as well as anybody in the league and it’ll be tough to rely on Fleener bouncing back this week. Sit ’em!
As is the theme with many mid-to-back end tight end options this year, Dwayne Allen has looked the part of a legit option one week and then looked borderline-rosterable in other weeks. Two weeks ago, Allen handsomely rewarded his owners by delivering a 3 TD performance. He then followed that up with a 0 in the statline against the Texans last week. This week, the Colts have a difficult task of facing the Vikings and their top-ranked defense. Allen’s value will depend solely on being able to find the end zone this week, something fantasy owners don’t want to depend on for the playoffs.