Published: Oct. 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
Updated: Oct. 9, 2016 at 08:59 a.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 5: Tight ends

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Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. All starts and sits are based on standard scoring leagues. Obvious fantasy starters like Cam Newton and Antonio Brown will not be featured. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Byes: Chiefs, Jaguars, Saints, Seahawks

Start 'Em

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Start of the Week - Delanie Walker vs. Miami Dolphins

Walker has had a tough statistical start to the season, posting fewer than five fantasy points in two of his first three games. I'm expecting him to rebound this week in a plus matchup against the Dolphins, who have surrendered 180 combined yards and eight-plus fantasy points to two of the last three No. 1 tight ends on their slate.

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Kyle Rudolph vs. Houston Texans

Rudolph doesn't have a great matchup on paper against the Texans, but at this point he's matchup-proof at a position that doesn't have a ton of depth. The Notre Damer has now scored a touchdown in three straight games, and his rapport with Sam Bradford has been spectacular for fantasy fans. Keep Rudolph in your starting lineup.

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Zach Ertz vs. Detroit Lions

Ertz has missed the start of the season with a rib injury, but he's slated to return in time for a tremendous matchup against the Lions. No team has surrendered more touchdown catches (six) to tight ends, and Atlanta is the lone team to allowed a higher rate of fantasy points (15.9 PPG) to the position. Look for Ertz to find success.

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Zach Miller vs. Indianapolis Colts

Miller has emerged into a solid fantasy option for owners who needed a tight end, scoring three touchdowns in his last two games. Next up is a date with the Colts, who have been vulnerable to pass-catching tight ends like Eric Ebron and Hunter Henry. Miller also has a great rapport with Brian Hoyer, which makes him even more attractive.

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Martellus Bennett vs. Cleveland Browns

Bennett has been a tough player to predict this season, as he's put up two great stat lines and a pair of total stinkers. With Tom Brady back in the mix, though, the veteran should be considered a viable streamer against the Browns and their questionable pass defense. Even with Rob Gronkowski active, Bennett is worth a look this weekend.

Sleepers:
Jesse James vs. Jets, Cameron Brate at Panthers (MNF)

Sit 'Em

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Sit of the Week - Jason Witten vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Witten has been on the field for 100 percent of the Cowboys offensive snaps, and he's been targeted more than all but four tight ends in the league. With that said, these opportunities have not equated into fantasy points as he's failed to score more than 5.1 points in each of his last three contests. Keep Witten on the sidelines.

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Dennis Pitta vs. Washington Redskins

Pitta is seeing a lot of targets from Joe Flacco, but does that make him startable in fantasy land? He's put up fewer than five points in three of four games this season, and the veteran has yet to find the end zone. Pitta also has a tough matchup in Week 5, as the Redskins have allowed 4.8 points per game to tight ends in 2016.

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Dwayne Allen vs. Chicago Bears

Allen scored an impressive 13.3 fantasy points in his first game of the season. Since then, he's posted a combined eight points with no touchdown catches. This weekend he faces the Lions, who have held the likes of Witten and Ebron to minimal fantasy totals. With Jack Doyle also in the mix, Allen can't be trusted in fantasy land.

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Jacob Tamme vs. Denver Broncos

Tamme has found the end zone twice in the last three weeks, but he's still not what you would call a reliable fantasy tight end. And while there could be a revenge factor going for him against his old team, the Broncos, Tamme will find it tough to produce versus one of the NFL's best defenses. He's better left on the bench this weekend.

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Charles Clay vs. Los Angeles Rams

Clay might have seen more targets in the absence of Sammy Watkins last week, but he finished with a mediocre 47 yards in a win over the Patriots. Next up is a date with the Rams, who haven't been great against tight ends overall but did hold Jimmy Graham to 4.2 fantasy points in Week 2. You can find better options on the wire.

Busts:
Gary Barnidge vs. Patriots, Jack Doyle vs. Bears

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!

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