Some tight ends stand out as must-start fantasy football options most weeks while others come and go depending on matchups and other factors. Hitting on under-the-radar plays is big in season-long fantasy and DFS. We’ve identified two tight ends worth starting and two to consider sitting ahead of Week 15 to help you achieve fantasy success this weekend.
Tight End Starts
Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Arizona Cardinals
Philadelphia has continued to target tight ends at one of the highest rates in the NFL and Goedert is holding onto the top spot on the depth chart despite Zach Ertz being available. Jalen Hurts isn’t going to go down the field too often but can buy time with his athleticism and give his best pass-catchers time to get open. No team runs more man coverage than Arizona so I like Goedert’s chances to beat out linebackers.
Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans vs. Detroit Lions
Tight end is actually one of the few positions Detroit has defended well this season. Smith’s target share isn't great but he’s among the league leaders in receiving touchdowns at tight end and is up against a Lions defense that’s given up the second-most passing touchdowns (28). Tennessee’s uber-efficient red zone offense often makes the most of Smith’s talents deep in enemy territory.
Tight End Sits
Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers
Week 14 was a cakewalk for the Cowboys but that won’t be the case this weekend. San Francisco has been excellent against quarterbacks, running backs, and tight ends despite all its injuries. Schultz has remained consistent since Dak Prescott went down with a season-ending leg injury earlier this year but the 49ers have held their opponent’s top tight end under 30 receiving yards four times in their last five games.
Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings
Graham has slowed down quite a bit in recent weeks. While he did score his first touchdowns since Week 9 on Sunday Cole Kmet has led all Bears tight ends in snaps since Week 10. This isn’t to say Kmet is a better option, but Grham is a risky play considering he hasn't played at least 50 percent of Chicago’s snaps since Week 10.