Most fantasy football leagues are headed into the first round of the playoffs and it is that time of year where every decision made can make or break your championship run. Fantasy matchups are more important now and it is necessary to pick players with the best matchups. We have you covered with our Salute Magazine Week 14 choose or lose tight ends.
Julius Thomas vs. Indianapolis Colts
Thomas is a borderline TE1/TE2 play this week, but I say start him with confidence against the Colts’ defense. He is currently riding a three-game touchdown reception streak and he should make it a fourth straight game against Indianapolis. The Colts have given up the 14th fewest points to tight ends, yet Thomas is still in the midst of building a rapport with Blake Bortles. If you haven’t noticed the theme with this week’s picks at most positions, we like the Jaguars to have several starters do well this week.
Scott Chandler at Houston Texans
I went out on a limb last week when I told you to start Chandler, and it paid off when he posted four receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown. Believe it or not, Chandler is third on the team with four touchdown catches this season and he will continue to get looks in the absence of Rob Gronkowski. He also has 23 receptions for 259 yards this season and is worthy of a start until Gronk comes back for the Patriots.
Jermaine Gresham vs. Minnesota Vikings
It is hard for Carson Palmer to want to throw the ball to his tight ends when he has so many solid deep threats in his receivers. Gresham is also fighting some injuries, but he hasn’t done enough to call for a start at any point this season. Unless you are in a deep fantasy league, stay far away from Gresham and the Cardinals’ other tight end Darren Fells.
Jared Cook vs. Detroit Lions
Detroit has given up the fifth most points to tight ends but Cook has done close to nothing for a struggling St. Louis Rams offense in 2015. He has been targeted 62 times but only has 33 receptions for 401 yards, and that will do nothing for fantasy owners. The biggest thing that jumps off the page about Cook? He has absolutely zero touchdowns this season and he belongs on the waiver wire, not as a starter on your roster.
On the Bubble
Tyler Eifert vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
When these two teams met earlier this season, Eifert only had four receptions for 39 yards, but he has been a quality tight end this season with 12 touchdown catches. Going up against a Steelers’ defense that has allowed the seventh most fantasy points to tight ends, you would think that Eifert is a must start. The biggest issue is that he had a neck stinger that he is dealing with, and that could affect his role in this week’s game.