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What to do with Gerald Everett in Week 12 fantasy football

Gerald Everett has potential for a big game at any moment. Will Week 12 against the Ravens be that moment?

Los Angeles Rams tight end Gerald Everett reacts after a Rams touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter of the NFC Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Gerald Everett, like most non- Kittle and Kelce tight ends, is an inconsistent fantasy player, but his upside and frequency of his good games keep him as a useful fantasy play more often than not.

Everett got a usage increase in Week 4 when he saw eight targets and caught five for 44 yards and a touchdown. From Week 4 on, he’s had four good fantasy games to three not-so-good games. His off games have come against the 49ers, Bears, and Bengals and correspond with lowered targets.

Fantasy football analysis: Los Angeles Rams TE Gerald Everett

This week he faces a Ravens defense that has turned the corner defensively and now rates as one of the top defenses in the league, especially against the pass. They’ve allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to tight ends. They’ve only allowed two touchdowns to the position, and Travis Kelce was the only tight end to top four receptions.

There are plenty of reasons not to play him based on those matchup stats, and now the Rams should get Brandin Cooks back, along with Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp this week. Playing at home usually helps Jared Goff somewhat, and Everett is a beast after the catch. Everett’s usage is what matters the most, though. If the Ravens funnel their coverage toward the receivers and keep a linebacker on Everett, he’ll get his targets and likely a good stat line.

The fact that he has two games over ten targets in his last four gives up hope, but he also has four total targets in the other two games. He is a boom or bust option, but so are most tight ends.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Everett as a fringe TE1.