Published: Dec. 30, 2015 at 10:22 a.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 17: Tight ends


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 Tom Brady and Adrian Peterson will not be featured. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Start 'Em

Start of the Week - Gary Barnidge vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Barnidge, now a member of the upper echelon of fantasy tight ends, has been about as consistent and reliable an option there is in the league at a position that's lean on options. He's a virtual must start against the NFC North rival Steelers, who he beat for 65 yards, one touchdown and 12.5 fantasy points back in Week 10.

Zach Ertz vs. New York Giants

You might not know it, but Ertz has been one of the hottest tight ends in fantasy football in recent weeks. In fact, he's scored the third-most points at the position since Week 14. Owners could do worse than start him this week against the Giants, who have surrendered the second-most fantasy points to tight ends in 2015.

Antonio Gates vs. Denver Broncos

Gates put up a 1.1 stink bomb in fantasy title week, but he's still a top option even against a tough Broncos defense. Denver hasn't been so hot against tight ends though, at least when facing an opponent that fields a legitimate pass catcher at the position. With limited offensive options in San Diego, Gates should see lot of targets.

Delanie Walker vs. Indianapolis Colts

Walker has been one of the better tight ends in fantasy football this season, but he doesn't get a ton of national attention. An even better option in PPR leagues, Walker should see a ton of targets in an AFC South matchup against the Colts. Their defense has surrendered an average of 8.28 points to tight ends this season.

Zach Miller vs. Detroit Lions

Miller has become a legitimate fantasy starter in recent weeks, scoring a combined five touchdowns in his last eight games. At what has become a thin position, he's well worth a look in a plus-matchup vs. the Lions. Their defense has surrendered 12 touchdown catches and the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Good matchups: Travis Kelce vs. Raiders, Ben Watson at Falcons, Vance McDonald vs. Rams

Sit 'Em

Sit of the Week - Jordan Reed vs. Dallas Cowboys

Reed might be the best tight end in fantasy football right now, but will the Redskins risk the sometimes brittle Florida product in a meaningless game against the Cowboys? Unless there's word from Redskins coach Jay Gruden that the team will use its starters as normal, Reed will be a tough sell in the regular-season finale.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins vs. Carolina Panthers

Seferian-Jenkins scored a touchdown and 12 fantasy points in last week's loss to the Bears, but that lone score came on a Hail Mary in garbage time. ASJ doesn't have a favorable matchup next on the schedule either, as he faces a Carolina defense that's surrendered an average of just 6.89 fantasy points a game to tight ends.

Heath Miller vs. Cleveland Browns

Miller can be an asset when the matchup is right, but facing the Browns isn't what I would call a favorable matchup. Their defense has surrendered an average of fewer than six fantasy points to opposing tight ends over the last four weeks, and Miller has scored one time in his last seven road games vs. the NFC North rival.

Jason Witten vs. Washington Redskins

Witten was once considered an elite fantasy tight end, but he's been more name than production this season. In fact, he's scored fewer than seven points in all but one of this last 13 games. So while this week's matchup against Washington isn't bad on paper, catching passes from Kellen Moore isn't likely to halt this trend.

Jordan Cameron vs. New England Patriots

Cameron has a favorable matchup on paper this week, facing a Patriots defense that's allowed an average of 9.33 fantasy points to tight ends since Week 13. When you've been as unproductive as Cameron has been this during the season, however, it's difficult to trust him (despite the good matchup) in the fantasy postseason.

Bad matchups: Kyle Rudolph at Packers, Coby Fleener vs. Titans, Will Tye vs. Eagles

In the latest episode of the NFL Fantasy LIVE podcast, the gang weighs in on some Week 17 matchups they like and don't like and talk about some lessons that they have learned during the 2015 fantasy season. Don't forget to subscribe to the show or download each episode HERE!

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. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!


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