Saturday, November 14, 2020

Week 10 Fantasy Football TE Start'em, Sit'em

The decision on which player to start, or sit, largely comes down to the options on your roster (and/or possibly the players available on your league's waiver wire).

As an example, Eric Ebron is listed below as a "start" for Week 10. And I'd certainly be comfortable going into Week 10 with him as my starting tight end.

Then again, Ebron may be a "sit" for your team.

In other words, if you own both Darren Waller and Ebron, you should start Waller and, in turn, bench Ebron.

For a more direct answer on whether we would start Player X over Player Y, check our Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings. Instead of making those direct comparisons, the goal here is to highlight players that we like, or dislike, for the week.

Week 10 Fantasy Football TE Start'em

Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns (vs. HOU)

While Hooper (appendicitis) missed a couple of games before the team's Week 9 bye, the Browns tight ends have scored the eighth-most fantasy points and received the ninth-most targets this season. Hooper himself was getting a larger share of targets before being sidelined. With exactly five receptions per game from Weeks 4 to 6, Hooper had a total of 23 targets and at least a 22.22% target share in each of those three weeks.

Since then, the Browns have lost Odell Beckham for the season and Jarvis Landry has been battling his own share of injuries. In a top-10 fantasy matchup against the Houston Texans, it would be reasonable for Hooper to get six or more targets in his first game back from injury.

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos (at LV)

Fant has a minimum of 35 yards in every game this season and last week (three targets) was the only game he played with fewer than five targets. If it weren't for his first-quarter ankle injury last week, he would have had a much more productive outing even though he returned to the game. Over seven games this season, Fant has 32 catches for 349 yards and two touchdowns on 46 targets.

Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. CIN)

Ebron has the most favorable remaining fantasy football strength of schedule and he gets one of the best matchups this weekend. Only the Atlanta Falcons have allowed more fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends this season than the Cincinnati Bengals. Over their past four games, the Bengals have allowed three top-three weekly finishers -- Mark Andrews (TE3, Week 5), Trey Burton (TE3, Week 6) and Harrison Bryant (TE1, Week 7). Ebron has scored in back-to-back games and only the Falcons (eight) and Jaguars (seven) have allowed more TD receptions to the position than the Bengals (six).

Week 10 Fantasy Football TE Sit'em

Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams (vs. SEA)

If you drafted Higbee, you certainly have buyer's remorse. Aside from a three-TD Week 2 explosion, Higbee scored a maximum of 7.1 fantasy points (half-PPR scoring) in his other six games this season. In fact, if I were forced to start a Rams tight end this week, it would Gerald Everett -- not Higbee. Over the past four games, Everett has 16 catches for 177 yards and a touchdown on 22 targets.

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins (vs. LAC)

A freakish athlete for the position, Gesicki was one of my favorite targets in summer fantasy drafts. Unfortunately, the third-year tight end has underwhelmed recently. Over his past three games, Gesicki has a total of four catches and 50 scoreless yards on eight targets and has finished as the weekly TE46, TE36 and TE23, respectively. While the talent is there for him to perform as a top-12 tight end, I have him ranked just outside my top 12 this week. The Chargers have limited opposing tight ends to the ninth-fewest fantasy points this season.

Greg Olsen, Seattle Seahawks (at LAR)

In the first four games of the season, Olsen had at least four catches in three games. Since then, however, Olsen has a total of five catches for 51 scoreless yards over the next four games. Over the past three weeks, it's been a different Seahawks tight end to lead the position group in targets -- Will Dissly (four, Week 7), Greg Olsen (four, Week 8) and Jacob Hollister (seven, Week 9).

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