There are a few tight ends widely available that either have favorable matchups heading into Week 12, had successful Week 11 performances, or could benefit from an injury. With that in mind, here are four tight ends with under 50% ownership in traditional fantasy football leagues that managers can consider picking up for Week 12.
Week 12 byes: None
Jordan Akins, Texans (2 percent)
Next up — @DET, IND, @CHI, @IND, CIN
I’ve been high on Akins for a while, but an ankle injury and concussion took him out of play for over a month this season. But he is finally back and healthy and last week against the Patriots he caught 5-of-6 targets for 83 yards. He’s more of a big play threat than Darren Fells and he led all their tight ends in snaps, targets, catches, and yards last week. Detroit is a good matchup this week and worth a start, but it does get tougher after that.
Jordan Reed, 49ers (15 percent)
Next up — @LAR, BUF, WSH, @DAL, @ARI
Reed returned to a full workload in Week 10 and then got a bye to get even healthier. In that last game he caught 5-of-6 passes for 52 yards and should remain a top target with George Kittle out. We know his skill set is great when healthy, so get him on your team while you can.
Robert Tonyan, Packers (46 percent)
Next up — CHI, PHI, @DET, CAR, TEN
Tonyan is healthy and returned to the end zone last week against the Colts, who hadn’t allowed a tight end to score all season. He saw five targets, catching all five for 44 yards and a score. Like most tight ends not named Travis Kelce, Tonyan isn’t seeing enough targets to be a smash play unless he scores, but that’s been where he’s excelled and I expect him to find the end one a few more times moving forward.
Dalton Schultz, Cowboys (21 percent)
Next up — WSH, @BAL, @CIN, SF, PHI
Now that Andy Dalton is back, we can expect a little more out of Schultz. And we saw that last Sunday, as he caught 4-of-6 passes for 25 yards and a touchdown. Dalton has shown an affinity for him in his short stint as the starter.