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Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Tight ends for Week 3

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 Arian Foster will not be featured in this column. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Start of the week

Greg Olsen vs. New York Giants: Olsen is coming off a nice stat line in Week 2, and his upcoming matchup against the Giants is one of the most favorable among tight ends. In their first two games, the G-Men have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends, including two strong performances from Jason Witten and Julius Thomas. That makes Olsen a nice option. (Maximum value: High-TE1)

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Tony Gonzalez at Miami Dolphins: Gonzalez hasn't had a fast start to the season, and his 33-yard performance last week might have soured some owners. However, there's no need to panic when it comes to the future Hall of Famer. The Falcons will throw more with Steven Jackson out, and the Dolphins have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. (Maximum value: High-TE1)

Jordan Cameron at Minnesota Vikings: The good matchups keep coming for Cameron, who now ranks fifth in fantasy points among tight ends and is now a legitimate No. 1 option. Next on the schedule is a date with the Vikings, who have allowed an average of over 13 fantasy points per game to tight ends -- including a pair of touchdowns to Martellus Bennett last week. (Maximum value: High-TE1)

Owen Daniels at Baltimore Ravens: The fourth-best tight end in fantasy football based on points after the first two weeks of 2013, Daniels has become one of the best draft bargains at his position. He should continue to shine in the stat sheets against the Ravens, who have surrendered the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends after two weeks of action. (Maximum value: Mid-TE1)

Sleeper alert - Martellus Bennett at Pittsburgh Steelers: When was the last time the Bears had a legitimate No. 1 tight end in fantasy football? It's been awhile, but Bennett is making his mark at the start of 2013. The third-best tight end in the league based on fantasy points right now, Bennett has a nice matchup against the Steelers up next on the schedule. (Maximum value: Mid-TE1)

Sit of the week

Kyle Rudolph vs. Cleveland Browns: Rudolph found the end zone last week, but his lack of yardage makes him a major risk-reward proposition in fantasy leagues. So while it might be tough to put a player like Rudolph on the bench, keep in mind that he also has a tough matchup against the Browns -- they have allowed an average of four fantasy points to tight ends. (Maximum value: Low-TE1)

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Heath Miller vs. Chicago Bears: Miller is reportedly close to returning from a major knee reconstruction, but he is not a fantasy player to trust at this point. Playing in a Sunday night game, Miller is an even greater risk if he's a late inactive - leaving fantasy owners with limited alternatives. He could have value later, but not at this time. (Maximum value: Mid-TE2)

Fred Davis vs. Detroit Lions: Davis, who is in a contract year, has been a major disappointment after two weeks. In fact, he isn't even the top scoring tight end on the Redskins -- Jordan Reed has more points. If that weren't enough to bench Davis, also consider that the Lions have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to tight ends after the first two weeks. (Maximum value: Mid-TE2)

Charles Clay vs. Atlanta Falcons: Clay was a hot name on the waiver wire this week, as he's coming off a 109-yard, one-touchdown performance against the Indianapolis Colts. Unfortunately, the tight end out of Tulsa needs to prove to be more consistent in the stat sheets before he warrants a starting role on fantasy teams. He's merely a player to watch right now. (Maximum value: Mid-TE2)

Owners beware - Brandon Myers at Carolina Panthers: Myers has had a nice start to the season, scoring a combined 20 fantasy points in his first two games. However, he could struggle to produce in the stat sheets this week when he faces the Panthers. Their defense has allowed an average of just 2.60 fantasy points to opposing tight ends in their first two games. (Maximum value: High-TE2)

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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