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Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Tight ends for Week 3

Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. Sleeper alert features an under-the-radar player who could produce good numbers. Owners beware features a regular fantasy starter who could fail to meet expectations based on the strength of his opponent. Obvious fantasy starters like Aaron Rodgers and Arian Foster will not be featured in this column. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Start of the week


Vernon Davis at Minnesota Vikings: Guess who is the top-scoring tight end in fantasy football after two weeks? It's Rob Gronkowski, right? No. How about Jimmy Graham? Not him, either. It's Davis, who has already scored three touchdowns and is well on his way to a monster season. Fantasy owners should keep him active against the Vikings, who have already surrendered two touchdowns to tight ends.

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Brandon Pettigrew at Tennessee Titans: Pettigrew might be 12th in fantasy points at his position, but he's seen plenty of targets in the Lions pass attack and should see continued opportunities against the Titans. Their defense has been utterly dominated by tight ends, allowing a ridiculous five touchdowns to go along with 26.60 fantasy points per game to the position. Get Pettigrew in your lineup.

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Brent Celek at Arizona Cardinals: Reports of Celek's fantasy football demise have been greatly exaggerated. Not only is he among the 10 best tight ends based on fantasy points, but the veteran out of Cincinnati is also the third-most targeted player at his position. With the trust of Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin (hip) ailing, Celek has re-emerged into a No. 1 fantasy option across the board.

Owen Daniels at Denver Broncos: Daniels hasn't scored a touchdown at this point, but he is on pace to finish with close to 1,100 yards based on his current totals. With Joel Dresseen in Denver, the veteran is fourth in targets at his position and has become a viable starter in fantasy land. This week he faces the Broncos, who have allowed two touchdowns and the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends.

Sleeper alert - Dennis Pitta vs. New England Patriots: Here's a little bit of fantasy football trivia. Who is the most targeted tight end in the league after two weeks? Surprisingly, it's Pitta. So while this week's matchup against the Patriots isn't favorable on paper, the fact that he's seeing so many passing opportunties from Joe Flacco makes Pitta a player to start if you're in need at the position.

Sit of the week


Jacob Tamme vs. Houston Texans: Tamme had a solid fantasy stat line in the opening week, but he disappeared in Week 2 while playing just 27-of-77 (35 percent) of the offensive snaps. Dreessen, a much more effective blocker, played 77 percent of the snaps. If that weren't enough to fear Tamme, he's also facing a Texans defense that has surrendered the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.

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Fred Davis vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Davis has had a very quiet start to the season, catching just four passes for 52 yards with no touchdowns. He also suffered a concussion in Week 2, leaving his status for this weekend in question. Even if he does suit up, the Southern California product is a major risk with RG3 taking more shots downfield and looking less and less for the short and intermdiate passes.

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Scott Chandler at Cleveland Browns: Chandler is coming off a solid stat line, posting 53 yards, one touchdown and 11.30 fantasy points against the Chiefs. I still wouldn't trust him this week, however, as he goes up against a Browns defense that has allowed an average of fewer than six fantasy points per game to tight ends this season. Chandler needs to be more consistent to trust as well.

Marcedes Lewis at Indianapolis Colts: So much for Lewis' hot start to the season! After posting a very nice stat line in Week 1, the veteran out of U.C.L.A. was held without a single reception against the Texans. This week he faces the Colts, who have held him in check for most of his career. In fact, Lewis has averaged just 28.3 yards and scored one lone touchdown in his last eight games against them.

Owners beware - Jermichael Finley at Seattle Seahawks (Mon.): Much like Lewis, Finley started the season on a high note only to see his stats take a nose dive in Week 2. And while he is more valuable and far more difficult to bench, Finley does have a tough road matchup against an underrated Seahawks defense. This unit allowed a mere 5.8 fantasy points to Jason Witten in last week's win over the Cowboys.

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!

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