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NFL Fantasy 2021 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 8: Tight ends

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Start 'Em

Hunter Henry
New England Patriots NE · TE
Los Angeles Chargers
2021 · 4-2-0

REVENGE GAME!!! Henry has been one of the best tight ends in fantasy in recent weeks. Well, he has just eight receptions, which isn’t much. But he does have a touchdown in each of his last four games. The Chargers have allowed the second-most fantasy points to tight ends this season.

Tyler Higbee
Los Angeles Rams LA · TE
Houston Texans
2021 · 1-6-0

The general rule is starting your tight ends against the Texans forever. I mean, Zach Ertz played in his first game with the Birds and ended up with a huge touchdown reception against the Texans. And it seems like tight ends score a touchdown in every game played in Houston. It’s the epicenter for That Helps No One. Though starting Higbee this week is going to help everyone.

Gerald Everett
Seattle Seahawks SEA · TE
Jacksonville Jaguars
2021 · 1-5-0

The Seahawks offensive line looked horrible on Monday night. There is going to be a target correction at some point as DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett need their looks. But if you are looking for a matchup play this week; the Jaguars have allowed the fourth-most points to the position. Just the Ravens, Chargers and Texans have been worse.

Mike Gesicki
Miami Dolphins MIA · TE
Buffalo Bills
2021 · 4-2-0

The opposite side of the spectrum here. The Bills are a tough matchup for tight ends. But Gesicki barely qualifies, because he’s a wide receiver disguised as a tight end who has eligibility for the position. Don’t question it, just enjoy it. Kind of like the time when I had my daughter in the arcade at Shadow Ridge Palm Desert and the Ms. Pac-Man machine was giving out free credits. I don’t mind telling you I eventually beat that high score. Err, I mean my daughter totally did.

Dallas Goedert
Philadelphia Eagles PHI · TE
Detroit Lions
2021 · 0-7-0

Dude won the power struggle. Like when Shawn Michaels – sorry, I feel like I’ve used this analogy before. Here’s the thing, though. Goedert is the most reliable receiver for the Eagles moving forward. He led the Eagles with 70 receiving yards against the Raiders. The second time this year he’s led the team in receiving.

C.J. Uzomah
Cincinnati Bengals CIN · TE
New York Jets
2021 · 1-5-0

I’m really hoping Zac Taylor throws the ball a lot this week. Because I’m listing just about every available pass catcher as a start this week. I’m not sure if I’m expecting Mike White to push this team into a high-scoring affair or what. But here’s my thing; C.J. is playing too well to bench right now. He had two touchdown receptions of more than 30 yards. The fifth tight end to do that in a game in 35 years. The Jets have been generous to tight ends. But this is more about how good C.J. has been.

Sit 'Em

Mo Alie-Cox
Indianapolis Colts IND · TE
Tennessee Titans
2021 · 5-2-0

I had this guy as a sit last week and he burned me with a touchdown. Honestly, I’m rooting more for my start/sit recs more than my own fantasy teams, so that was a gut-punch on a Sunday evening. Cox has great chemistry with Carson Wentz this year, which is good for the long term. This is a tough matchup. But so was last week.

Jared Cook
Los Angeles Chargers LAC · TE
New England Patriots
2021 · 3-4-0

Oh my gosh another REVENGE GAME! Cook played with the Patriots from (checks notes), oh man, he never did. It thought he had some time in New England wedged between Tennessee and St. Louis. He did not. But I will say this, the Patriots are a tough matchup for opposing tight ends. And if it’s not a REVENGE GAME, I’m going to need to pass.

Pat Freiermuth
Pittsburgh Steelers PIT · TE
Cleveland Browns
2021 · 4-3-0

I really like this Freiermuth and I’m going to pick him a ton next year when Aaron Rodgers becomes the quarterback of the Steelers. Hey, let me try to breathe that into life. But for this week, with his current quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, well, I just don’t like the matchup. The Browns have allowed the eighth-fewest fantasy points to tight ends this season.

UPDATE: Eric Ebron is out this week. Which could mean bigger things for Freiermuth. I’m not saying that I’m racing him into the lineup. The matchup against the Browns is still tough. Ebron/Vance McDonald had nine targets combined in two regular-season games against Cleveland last year. Ebron had a nice stat line in the postseason loss with a negative game script. So for me, Freiermuth is more sleeper than starter. 

Ricky Seals-Jones
Washington Football Team · TE
Denver Broncos
2021 · 3-4-0

Oh man, this is tough. RSJ has been really good this year, in for Ian Thomas. However, I’m not down with the matchup. The Broncos have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to tight ends this season. I understand if you’re out there looking at the waiver wire and not seeing anything better than Ricky. I certainly won’t judge you if you need to play him. I’m just looking at some other guys.

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