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What to do with Robert Tonyan in Week 14 fantasy football

We go over the fantasy football outlook of Robert Tonyan ahead of the Packers Week 14 matchup against the Lions.

Robert Tonyan #85 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field on December 06, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers offense has roared back to life in 2020, with Aaron Rodgers playing at an MVP level and Davante Adams putting together a potential first-team All-Pro season. Their play has helped elevate the team to a decisive lead in the NFC North and provided a path to the No. 1 seed in the conference.

But unlike in recent years, the Packers offense has more than Rodgers and Adams working at a high level on a weekly basis.

Fantasy Football analysis: Packers TE Robert Tonyan

A former college wideout who transitioned to tight end after going undrafted, Robert Tonyan has become one of the most important pieces of the Packers’ passing attack this season. Only Adams has caught more passes on the team entering Week 14 and Tonyan’s eight receiving touchdowns match the Kansas City Chiefs’ Travis Kelce for most among tight ends.

And while Tonyan does have a big game that accounts for a significant portion of his production — six catches for 98 yards and three touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons — he has caught fire in recent weeks. Tonyan has hauled in a touchdown in each of the Packers’ past three games and has no fewer than four catches for 39 yards in each of those outings. Few players at the position have proven more reliable over the past month.

However, the Packers’ opponent this Sunday, the Detroit Lions, have held up well against tight ends. Over the past three weeks, opposing tight ends have caught just five passes for 37 yards and a touchdown, all of which came during last Sunday’s matchup with the Chicago Bears. Granted, Tonyan rates better than those players, but that doesn’t totally discount the Lions’ performance.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Tonyan as a TE1.