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Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Tight ends for Week 12

Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. Sleeper alert features an under-the-radar player who could produce good numbers. Owners beware features a regular fantasy starter who could fail to meet expectations based on the strength of his opponent. Obvious fantasy starters like Aaron Rodgers and Adrian Peterson will not be featured. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Start of the week

Vernon Davis at Washington Redskins (Mon.): Davis has scored double-digit fantasy points just once in his last four games, but he remains one of the elite players at his position. Owners should roll with him on Monday night against the Redskins, who have allowed an average of 10.2 fantasy points per game to tight ends since Week 8. (Maximum value: High TE1)

Start 'em

Greg Olsen at Miami Dolphins: Olsen has been hot lately, scoring three touchdowns while averaging 8.3 fantasy points in his last four games. He's also looking at a great matchup in Week 12, as the Dolphins have surrendered the sixth-most receiving yards and the fourth-most fantasy points (10.6 PPG) to opposing tight ends this season. (Maximum value: Low TE1)

Coby Fleener at Arizona Cardinals: Fleener has turned into a viable No. 1 fantasy option, scoring eight-plus fantasy points in three of his last four games. He's a solid option this weekend against the Cardinals, who have surrendered the most receiving yards, the most touchdowns and the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends in 2013. (Maximum value: Low TE1)

Delanie Walker at Oakland Raiders: You might not know it, but Walker has scored more fantasy points (27.3 PPG) than any other tight end in the league over the last two weeks. He's in line for yet another nice stat line against the Raiders, who have given up an average of close to 10 fantasy points per game to tight ends since Week 8. (Maximum value: Low TE1)

Sleeper alert - Garrett Graham vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: Graham went off for 17.6 fantasy points last week, and an upcoming matchup against the Jaguars will make him a legitimate starting option once again. Jacksonville's defense has given up more fantasy points (14.2 PPG) to tight ends than any other team in the league since Week 8. (Maximum value: Low TE1)

Sit of the week

Martellus Bennett at St. Louis Rams: Bennett's level of production has slowed down, as he's scored a combined 11.3 fantasy points since Week 8. He should be on your bench this weekend, as the Bears face a Rams defense that has given up the second-fewest fantasy points per game (2.7 PPG) to opposing tight ends over the last four weeks. (Maximum value: High TE2)

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Sit 'em

Jordan Cameron vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cameron has struggled in recent weeks, and his rapport with Jason Campbell needs some work. In fact, he's scored a combined 11.4 fantasy points in his last three games. Cameron has also found the end zone just one time in his last six games overall, so he's no longer a must-start at the position. (Maximum value: Mid TE1)

Timothy Wright at Detroit Lions: Wright was a hot waiver add a few weeks back, but his production has dropped over the last two games with a combined 3.2 fantasy points. This week he faces a tough Lions defense that has allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points (6.4 PPG) to opposing tight ends this season. Keep that in mind in Week 12. (Maximum value: Low TE1)

Rob Housler vs. Indianapolis Colts: Housler has caught fire in recent weeks, recording 127 yards, one score and the fifth-most fantasy points (18.7) among tight ends over his last two contests. Still, this week's matchup is tough -- the Colts have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points (5.9 PPG) to opposing tight ends on the road. (Maximum value: High TE2)

Owners beware - Antonio Gates at Kansas City Chiefs: It's tough to bench Gates, who's in the midst of a bounce-back 2013 campaign and coming off a nice stat line in Miami. Keep in mind, though, that the Chiefs have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points (3.5 PPG) to opposing tight ends while playing at Arrowhead Stadium this season. (Maximum value: Mid TE1)

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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