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Fantasy Football Week 12 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Tight Ends

The NFL season continues to dwindle down as Week 11 concluded on Monday night. Before looking beyond to Week 12, there were a couple of tight ends who stood out in fantasy football in Week 11.

Among all of the tight ends who were near the top of scoring this past week, the one surprising name was Ryan Griffin. The New York Jets’ backup tight end finished with five receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown for 21.9 fantasy points.

Surprisingly enough, it was actually the second time this season that Griffin had 20 or more points. What tight ends are poised to perform well in the upcoming week?

All of the picks in this article are based on PPR (points per reception) scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) leagues. With that in mind, here are the tight ends to start and sit in fantasy football in Week 12.

TEs to Start in Week 12

Jets’ Ryan Griffin (vs. Raiders): As mentioned above, Ryan Griffin has been a formidable option at tight end when he’s been given a chance in the offense. With Chris Herndon heading to injured reserve, Griffin should be the starting tight end for the foreseeable future.

The veteran tight end will look to repeat his performance from Week 11 in Week 12 against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have given up seven receiving touchdowns to TEs (tied for second-most in the NFL).

Eagles’ Dallas Goedert (vs. Seahawks): The Philadelphia Eagles are thin at wide receiver and their best pass-catchers are Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. While Ertz is a must-start option, Goedert has scored 11 or more points in three out of his past four games.

The second-year tight end will face a Seattle Seahawks defense that has shown signs of being susceptible to tight ends. Seattle’s defense has surrendered an average of 13.9 points per game to TEs (ninth-most in the NFL).

49ers’ Ross Dwelley (vs. Packers): First and foremost, Ross Dwelley should only be considered if George Kittle misses his third consecutive game. Dwelley has totaled 22.8 points in the past two weeks as the San Francisco 49ers’ starting tight end.

In the event that Kittle is ruled out, Dwelley will get a chance to face the Green Bay Packers in Week 12. The Packers’ revamped defense allows an average of 14.8 points per game to TEs (third-most in the NFL).

Other TEs to Start: Titans’ Delanie Walker or Jonnu Smith (vs. Jaguars), Broncos’ Noah Fant (vs. Bills), Falcons’ Jaeden Graham (vs. Buccaneers)

TEs to Sit in Week 12

Packers’ Jimmy Graham (vs. 49ers): There was one point of the season where Jimmy Graham seemed to be heading towards being a viable option at tight end. But over his past three games, the veteran tight end has scored a grand total of 18.6 points.

It doesn’t get much better for Graham as he faces a talented 49ers defense in Week 12. San Francisco’s defense has only allowed two touchdowns to opposing TEs (tied for second-fewest in the NFL).

Cowboys’ Jason Witten (vs. Patriots): Despite being retired in 2018, Jason Witten has come in and provided the Dallas Cowboys with a reliable option at tight end. In terms of fantasy football, Witten has only had four games of scoring double-digit points.

On top of that, the veteran pass-catcher will be up against the New England Patriots this week. The Patriots’ defense has held TEs to an average of only 9.8 points per game (seventh-fewest in the NFL).

Panthers’ Greg Olsen (vs. Saints): Greg Olsen has seen an increased role in the offense in the past two weeks. As a result, he’s combined for 13 receptions, 153 yards, and zero touchdowns.

While Olsen has gotten more opportunities he’ll have a tough time continuing his momentum in Week 12 versus the New Orleans Saints. New Orleans’ defense has held opposing TEs to just two receiving touchdowns thus far (tied for second-fewest in the NFL).