Some tight ends are coming into Week 12 with ideal matchups while others seem likely to underperform. We’ve identified two tight ends who are ideal starters in fantasy football and two who could bust ahead of the action. Let’s go over some of the top options and fades.
Tight End Starts
Jordan Reed, San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams
Reed is getting back into the flow of things after coming off the IR and caught five of his six targets for 62 yards. While he’s still playing fewer snaps than Ross Dwelley, he has more big-play potential and could get most of the work in Week 12. The Rams have locked up opposing wideouts but are a middle-of-the-road team against tight ends.
Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Buffalo Bills
The Bills’ defense ranks 30th against tight ends and Henry has found the end zone in back-to-back contests. Justin Herbert is among the league leaders with 299.9 passing yards per game and the lack of a true RB1 will likely lead to Hebert throwing 40+ passes for the fifth time in six weeks. Henry has played more than 90 percent of the Chargers’ snaps for four straight weeks.
Tight End Sits
Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts
Smith’s seven touchdowns have helped him remain a top five tight end but he’s up against the top fantasy defense in the NFL. The Colts have done a great job limiting the pass and the run. Ryan Tannehill’s accuracy has struggled in recent weeks so I wouldn’t be surprised if Titans pass catchers had a hard time.
Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Gronk has struggled to get good looks against quality pass defenses and hasn’t caught more than two passes in three weeks. His fantasy production has depended on touchdowns lately so I don’t like his chances to reach the end zone against a Chiefs defense that’s been one of the best in the NFL at limiting the opposition from scoring. The Las Vegas Raiders and Carolina Panthers are the only teams that have scored more than 20 points against the Chiefs this season.