The time is running out for everyone to get into a position to make your league’s fantasy football playoffs. Before we pick apart what tight ends to use in Week 13, let’s take a look at what tight ends performed admirably in Week 12.
For the third straight game, Zach Ertz was able to produce a performance that warranted where he was selected in fantasy football drafts. Against the Seattle Seahawks, Ertz had 12 receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown.
Besides Ertz, it was impressive to see what George Kittle did for the San Francisco 49ers in his return from injury. Despite having a broken ankle, Kittle hauled in six passes for 129 yards and a score in Week 12.
Who could be among the leading scores at the tight end position this 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 13.
TEs to Start in Week 13
Rams’ Gerald Everett (vs. Cardinals): For the entirety of the season, the trend at tight end has been to play whoever is playing the Arizona Cardinals. While Tyler Higbee has begun to get more snaps, Gerald Everett is the tight end to start on the Los Angeles Rams this week.
Everett has been fairly quiet over the past two games, combining for only 7.3 points in that span. Luckily for him, he’ll get a chance to face a Cardinals defense that has given up 871 yards and 12 touchdowns to TEs (both are most in the NFL).
Raiders’ Darren Waller (vs. Chiefs): To begin the season, Darren Waller was one of the best tight ends in fantasy and he showed no signs of declining. Sadly, the Oakland Raiders’ pass-catcher has slowed down in recent weeks, totaling eight or more points just once in the past four weeks.
Fortunately, Waller gets to go up against a mediocre Kansas City Chiefs defense in Week 13. The Chiefs’ defense has allowed an average of 14.4 points per game to TEs (fifth-most in the NFL).
Panthers’ Greg Olsen (vs. Redskins): While Greg Olsen isn’t the same player he once was, he is still a solid supply of points for the Carolina Panthers. Since Week 10, the veteran tight end has eclipsed five targets and nine points in each game.
In his next game, Olsen will face a Washington Redskins defense that has been susceptible to tight ends. Washington’s defense has surrendered five touchdowns to TEs (tied for fifth-most in the NFL).
Other TEs to Start: Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph (vs. Seahawks), Colts’ Jack Doyle (vs. Titans), Seahawks’ Jacob Hollister (vs. Vikings)
TEs to Sit in Week 13
Cowboys’ Jason Witten (vs. Bills): Jason Witten had his worst game of the season in Week 12. The 37-year-old tight end managed to catch just one of his four targets for only five yards.
Witten hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 2 and it’s unlikely he finds the end zone versus the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving. Buffalo’s defense has allowed only one touchdown to opposing TEs (tied for fewest in the NFL).
Packers’ Jimmy Graham (vs. Giants): Before the season began, there was some optimism that Jimmy Graham would be in a better position to succeed with the Green Bay Packers. However, Graham has yet to show that he consistent in the offense, scoring more than 10 points just twice this year.
It won’t get any better for Graham in Week 13 against a New York Giants team that has been good against tight ends. New York’s defense has held TEs to only 401 receiving yards thus far (third-fewest in the NFL).
Buccaneers’ O.J. Howard (vs. Jaguars): Are people still holding out hope that O.J. Howard will turn it around this season? Besides the game against the Cardinals, the talented tight end hasn’t had another game with more than 10 points.
To the dismay of Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans, Howard likely won’t see much action in Week 13 versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville’s defense has only given up 38 receptions to TEs (fourth-fewest in the NFL).