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Two key TE starts, Two TE sits to consider for Week 14

Will Jack Doyle continue to thrive with Eric Ebron on the sideline? Can Jared Cook overcome a difficult matchup in the 49ers?

Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle scores in the first half against the Miami Dolphins at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

If you find yourself without an elite option, tight end is easily the most frustrating position in Fantasy Football to figure out on a weekly basis. Should you go after a streaming option that has a good matchup? Should you go after a streaming option that has a decent shot of finding the end zone? Should you go after a streaming option who’s name you’ve actually heard of? The fact that these are all legitimate questions speaks to just how annoying TEs can be.

Still, I’m here to help. Let’s take a look at a few notable tight end situations in Week 14.

Tight End Starts

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins

Going back to the beginning of Week 9, there’s only been two tight ends who have accumulated over 300 air yards. The first, Travis Kelce, is a pretty obvious candidate to claim such an honor. However, Gesicki being the second player is a little more shocking. Still, while Kelce’s needed a 24% target share to reach this level of production, Gesicki’s compiled similar statistics across this five-game span with just a 17% rate. Clearly, the Penn State product remains a long way away from matching Kelce’s elite-level of consistency; but, operating within a Dolphins’ offense that owns the AFC’s highest passing rate (66.9%), Gesicki’s in an enviable position from a volume perspective.

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts

We’re only working with a one-game sample, but it doesn’t take a lot to become a consensus Top-10 option at a relatively barren position. With Eric Ebron placed on season-ending IR due to an ankle injury prior to last week’s Titans-Colts matchup, Doyle was free to run wild in what eventually turned into a 31-17 loss for Indianapolis. The veteran TE logged a season-high 94.3% of the Colts’ offensive snaps, while also collecting a team-high 11 targets and his squad’s lone receiving touchdown. Indianapolis is one of just four teams targeting their tight ends on more than 30% of all passes. That’s not going to suddenly change with Ebron gone.

Tight End Sits

Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles

It’s a testament to the Eagles’ dedication to involving their tight ends that they could ever simultaneously roster two Top-10 options at the position, but let’s be honest, that’s not really a sustainable formula. We saw it last week in Philadelphia’s loss to Miami. Though Goedert finished the contest with a more than respectable six catches for 66 yards, he played only 56% of the team’s offensive snaps with Alshon Jeffery returning from a two-game absence. On top of that, I doubt Carson Wentz will throw the ball 46 times all that often going forward. With the Eagles’ back near full health at receiver, I’m fine taking my chances fading a TE that’s only averaged 6.9 yards per target through 13 weeks.

Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints

It’s undeniable that Cook’s seen a large share of targets since he returned from a lengthy injury absence in Week 10, but, unfortunately for him, he’s not facing the Buccaneers or the Falcons this coming Sunday. San Francisco has been the NFL’s worst matchup for tight ends all season long, holding opposing TEs to league-low marks in both yards per game (26.8) and yards per target (4.8). You survived without Cook for three weeks in the middle of the year. You can do it again in Week 14.