Published: Nov. 7, 2018 at 11:24 a.m.
Updated: Nov. 9, 2018 at 02:40 p.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 10: Tight ends


Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate weekly look at NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. Fantasy superstars such as Todd Gurley and Antonio Brown will not be featured. All player matchups are based on PPR scoring system. NFL researchers Matt Frederick and Michael Florio have contributed to the column. For your final starting lineup decisions, check our weekly fantasy football lineup rankings.

Byes: Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings

Start 'Em

Start of the Week - O.J. Howard vs. Washington Redskins

Howard continues to produce great numbers on a regular basis, as he's now recorded 16-plus PPR points in three of his last four games. The Redskins haven't faced a lot of fantasy-relevant tight ends this season, but Eric Ebron and Evan Engram have both produced good totals against them. I'd keep Howard in lineups during this hot streak.

Jack Doyle vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Doyle was back in action before the Colts bye and returned to his role as their top tight end in the offense. He played 73 percent of the snaps and led the team with seven targets, one of which turned into a touchdown. I'm looking for Andrew Luck to target Doyle a ton again, as Jags CB Jalen Ramsey should keep T.Y. Hilton in check.

David Njoku vs. Atlanta Falcons

Njoku's numbers have dropped a bit lately, as he's averaged fewer than five PPR points in his last two games after scoring at least 10.2 points in his previous four games. I'd keep the faith in Njoku, however, as he has a great matchup against a Falcons defense that's all banged up and has had its share of troubles against tight ends.

Jordan Reed vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Reed has been a disappointment in the stat sheets this season, as he's failed to produce more than 55 yards in all but one of his first eight games. Still, he's worth a roll of the dice with a matchup against the Buccaneers next on the schedule. Their defense has allowed five scores and the second-most PPR points (17.9 PPG) to tight ends.

Start 'Em: George Kittle vs. New York Giants (Mon.), Trey Burton vs. Detroit Lions
Sleepers: Benjamin Watson at Cincinnati Bengals, Ricky Seals-Jones at Kanasas City Chiefs

Sit 'Em

Sit of the Week - Jared Cook vs. Los Angeles Chargers

It's difficult to sit a highly-targeted tight end like Cook during the bye weeks, and chances are he'll be active in a lot of fantasy leagues at what is a thin position. Just keep in mind that the Chargers and rookie DB Derwin James can be tough on opposing tight ends, so Cook could be a disappointment for owners looking for a big number.

Chris Herndon vs. Buffalo Bills

Herndon has been on a nice hot streak in recent weeks, scoring a touchdown in three of his last four games while averaging double-digit PPR points in that time. So while he's still a viable streamer, keep in mind that the Bills have allowed just 3.7 catches per game and the ninth-fewest PPR points (10.5 PPG) to tight ends this season.

Logan Thomas vs. New York Jets

Thomas, a former quarterback at Virginia Tech, was targeted eight times and caught seven passes in last week's loss to the Bears. Despite the nice numbers, he's still just a one-week wonder to me. I'd keep him on the fantasy waiver wire against the Jets, who have allowed just 34.2 yards and the third-fewest PPR points to tight ends.

Nick Vannett vs. Los Angeles Rams

Vannett is coming off his best game of the season, scoring 17.2 PPR points in a loss to the Chargers. I wouldn't chase the fantasy points, however, as he'll next face a Rams defense that's allowed just two touchdowns to tight ends this season. Also, Vannett has played in around 50 percent of the snaps and run just 34 routes since Week 8.

Sit 'Em: Gerald Everett vs. Seattle Seahawks, Geoff Swaim at Philadelphia Eagles
Busts: Eric Ebron vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, Cameron Brate vs. Washington Redskins

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. You can follow Michael on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram for all of the latest fantasy football news, notes and in-depth analysis!


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