With injuries to some of the better tight ends in the NFL, chances are that you need to find a replacement if you haven’t already. Whether it be through a handcuff tight end or a waiver wire option, we have you covered for Week 13 with our choose or lose picks.
Scott Chandler vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Chandler might be the most added tight end of the week, and Brady knows how to use his tight ends no matter what their name is. Going up against an Eagles’ defense that has given up the third fewest points to tight ends this season is a challenge, but that same defense has given up 45 points in each of their last two games against the Buccaneers and Lions. This will be a good game for Chandler to become relevant again, and he has the chance to get close to 100 receiving yards and add a touchdown or two.
Julius Thomas at Tennessee Titans
Thomas had a great game in Week 12 against San Diego, catching 9 of 10 targets for 116 yards and a touchdown, and he now will try and replace the production of Jaguars‘ wideout Allen Hurns who is out with a severe concussion. Thomas is a great option going forward, and Bortles seems to finally be building a solid rapport with his new weapon. If Hurns misses a few weeks, look for Thomas to pick up the slack and rack up the fantasy points.
Zach Ertz at New England Patriots
The problem with Ertz stems from the quarterbacks that have thrown him the football, but he needs to shoulder some of the blame as well. Ertz and the Eagles face a fired up Patriots‘ squad that will hold nothing back to prove that their only loss of the 2015 season was a fluke. The Patriots have also only given up the fourth fewest points to tight ends this season, and Ertz has yet to have a game with at least 70 receiving yards. Ertz probably isn’t on your roster, but if he is you had better find another option this week.
Jason Witten at Washington Redskins
We aren’t picking on the Cowboys this week, I swear, but without Romo this team will continue to struggle. Witten might be the worst big name tight end for the remainder of the season, and it is because the offense struggles under Cassel. It also doesn’t help that he hasn’t caught a touchdown pass since Week 1, and might finish the season with no touchdown catches. Do not start Witten if you don’t have to, but that is almost too obvious of a statement.
On the Bubble
Zach Miller vs. San Francisco 49ers
Miller might be the biggest surprise this season at tight end, and the biggest surprise is that he has more touchdown catches than Bears’ starting tight end Martellus Bennett. The Niners haven’t allowed a touchdown catch by an opposing tight end since Week 5, but Miller could break that streak this week if Jay Cutler can get him the ball. If you have to choose between the two Chicago tight ends, the safest bet is to start Miller over Bennett.