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2021 Fantasy Football Week 12 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Tight ends

2021 Fantasy Football Week 12 Start 'Em Sit 'Em tight ends

The tight end position could make or break your fantasy football team in Week 12. It’s time to continue our fantasy football series with a breakdown on the tight end position.

Most fantasy football rosters only contain one tight end, sometimes two. We already know the top dogs and who’s not worth keeping on your team. Those elite guys are going to continue to put up numbers regardless of the matchup. We are going to focus on the guys who are right on the cusp of starting for your team. Some of these guys can really benefit your team in Week 12. Let’s take a look at who you should consider starting or sitting this week.

Fantasy Football Week 12 Start ‘Em

Dalton Schultz – Dallas Cowboys

Schultz started the season playing very well for the Cowboys. Dak Prescott formed a good relationship with him and you could see the chemistry. Since Week 6, however, he hasn’t shown much fantasy football value. The Cowboys’ offense slowed down a little, and it’s tough to really tell where it’s at right now.

Schultz and the Cowboys have a favorable matchup on Thursday against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders rank 30th against opposing tight ends, so we could see Schultz breakout once again. If you have the chance to start him, I would consider it.

Noah Fant – Denver Broncos 

Noah Fant also started off the season playing great. Since Week 7, he stopped the production quite a bit and is struggling to figure it out. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is playing decent football as of late but is having a hard time finding Fant consistently. The targets are there, so that is something to keep in mind.

The Broncos are set to face the Los Angeles Chargers, who rank 31st against opposing tight ends. The Chargers’ secondary is playing well this season and is doing a solid job of containing opposing receivers. That frees up the tight ends to get extra looks, which should benefit Fant this week.

Rob Gronkowski – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Gronkowski is back and looking pretty good, catching six passes for 71 yards on Monday Night Football. If he would’ve added a touchdown in there, it would’ve been a great game in his return. That was only his fourth real game this season, and he played well in three of the four.

He faces the 27th-ranked Indianapolis Colts, which is a favorable matchup for Gronk as he tries to help get the Buccaneers back on track on the road.

Tight Ends Sit ‘Em

Tyler Conklin – Minnesota Vikings

Conklin’s top performance came in Week 10 against the Chargers with two touchdown catches. He caught just three passes for 35 yards total against the Green Bay Packers last week. Conklin isn’t used much in the Vikings’ offense with Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, and Adam Thielen tearing up the league.

He faces the ninth-ranked San Francisco 49ers defense, which is starting to come alive. I would consider benching Conklin this week unless you have no other choice but to start him.

Dan Arnold – Jacksonville Jaguars 

Dan Arnold failed to even earn a target in Week 11’s loss to the 49ers. That is a rare sight from someone who was playing well as of late. He reached over 10 fantasy points in three straight games prior to Sunday’s loss.

This is a decent matchup this week for Arnold. He faces the Atlanta Falcons, who rank 13th against opposing tight ends. He could get those targets back this week, but he shouldn’t perform well enough to consider starting.

Cole Kmet – Chicago Bears

Cole Kmet came into the season with high hopes to play well. That has not been the case as he has only reached over 10 fantasy points in one game this season. He hasn’t found the end zone at all, and it will be difficult for him to change that at this point in the season.

He faces a Detroit Lions defense on Thanksgiving that ranks 11th against opposing tight ends. The Lions aren’t very good defensively, but it’s still not enough to even consider Kmet this week, or this season.