Published: Dec. 11, 2018 at 09:44 p.m.
Updated: Dec. 14, 2018 at 03:24 p.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 15: Tight ends

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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.

Start 'Em

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Start of the Week - Jared Cook vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Cook has been on fire in recent weeks, posting at least 100 yards in each of his last two games. He's been one of the most reliable options in the Raiders pass attack for Derek Carr, who should continue to look in his direction against a bad Bengals defense. At this point, Cook is pretty close to being a must-start option in most leagues.

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Cameron Brate vs. Baltimore Ravens

Brate had just 12 yards last week, but he found the end zone twice and has now scored three times in his last three games. It's that red-zone prowess that makes him a viable, touchdown-or-bust option even against a tough Ravens defense. Baltimore has surrendered six touchdown catches to opposing tight ends this season, though.

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David Njoku vs. Denver Broncos

Njoku busted for the second straight week in a win over the Panthers, scoring just 6.5 fantasy points. But at a thin tight end position, he's still in the mix as a viable streamer when the Browns travel to Denver. The Broncos defense has surrendered six touchdowns and the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends going into the weekend.

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Austin Hooper vs. Arizona Cardinals

Hooper hasn't been putting up huge yardage totals in recent weeks, but he has scored at least 7.7 fantasy points in three straight games. At a weak tight end position, you can live with that. Hooper also ranks fifth in targets among tight ends since Week 8, so he's at least being allowed opportunities to produce points. He's a low-end No. 1 option.

Start 'Em: Evan Engram vs. Tennessee Titans, C.J. Uzomah vs. Oakland Raiders
Sleepers: Ian Thomas vs. New Orleans Saints (Mon.), Chris Herndon at Houston Texans (Sat.)

Sit 'Em

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Sit of the Week - Jimmy Graham vs. Chicago Bears

Graham will go down as one of the biggest busts in fantasy football this season, as he's found the end zone just twice despite a move to Green Bay. He's a player to avoid this week too, as the Packers face a Bears defense that has allowed just 9.8 fantasy points per game to tight ends and held Graham to a mere 2.8 points in Week 1.

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Trey Burton vs. Green Bay Packers

Burton's stock has sunk in recent weeks, as he's scored fewer than five fantasy points in each of his last four games including two games with 1.9 points or fewer. He'll remain a major risk for fantasy fans when he faces the Packers, who have surrendered just one touchdown and the third-fewest points to enemy tight ends.

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Kyle Rudolph vs. Miami Dolphins

Rudolph continues to flounder in the stat sheets for fantasy owners, as he's failed to score more than nine fantasy points in all but two of his last nine games. With an unattractive touch share in the Vikings offense and no touchdown catches since Week 3, I'd keep Rudolph on the fantasy sidelines when the Dolphins come to town.

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Gerald Everett vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Everett has scored three touchdowns in his last four games, but he played in just 36 percent of the snaps and ran a mere 18 routes in that time. So while it's nice to have shares of the Rams explosive offense, he's a risk due to lack of opportunities ... plus, the Eagles have been tough on tight ends overall this season. Temper your expectations.

Sit 'Em: Ricky Seals-Jones at Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Goedert at Los Angeles Rams
Busts: None


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. 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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