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Fantasy Football Week 14 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Tight Ends

The 14th week of the NFL season is getting ready to get underway when the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears square off on Thursday night. Before glancing at Week 14, there were a few tight ends who helped people win their fantasy football matchups in Week 13.

If you are someone who has relied on tight ends against the Arizona Cardinals this season, you were rewarded once again in Week 13. Due to Gerald Everett being injured, Tyler Higbee started for the Los Angeles Rams and posted 23.7 fantasy points.

Similarly to Higbee, Jack Doyle also saw his role expand with the Indianapolis Colts because of Eric Ebron heading to injured reserve. As a result, Doyle scored the second-most points among tight ends with six receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown.

What tight ends could be in store for big-time fantasy football outings 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.

Provided that, here are the tight ends to start and sit in fantasy football in Week 14.

TEs to Start in Week 14

Colts’ Jack Doyle (vs. Buccaneers): As referenced above, Doyle benefitted from seeing his role in the Colts’ offense on Sunday. The veteran tight end had a season-high 19.3 points versus the Tennessee Titans.

With injuries plaguing Indianapolis on offense, Doyle should have another chance to thrive in Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay’s defense has given up seven touchdowns to TEs (third-most in the NFL).

Rams’ Gerald Everett or Tyler Higbee (vs. Seahawks): It’s uncertain if Everett will be able to return in Week 14 after suffering a knee injury in Week 12. In the event that Everett is unable to give it a go, then Higbee is a decent option at tight end in Week 14.

Regardless of who is starting at the position on Sunday, they will have a favorable matchup versus the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks’ defense has surrendered 802 yards to TEs (third-most in the NFL).

Steelers’ Vance McDonald (vs. Cardinals): Again, playing tight ends against the Cardinals has paid dividends for the majority of the season, so why stop now? Vance McDonald hasn’t scored more than seven points since Week 9 versus the Colts.

With that being said, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ tight end should see more opportunities to find the end zone in Week 14. Arizona’s defense has been the worst team against TEs, allowing 978 yards and 13 touchdowns (both are most in the NFL).

Other TEs to Start: Titans’ Jonnu Smith (vs. Raiders), Jets’ Ryan Griffin (vs. Dolphins), Cowboys’ Jason Witten (vs. Bears)

TEs to Sit in Week 14

Bills’ Dawson Knox (vs. Ravens): Dawson Knox has assumed the role of the Buffalo Bills’ starting tight end but he hasn’t performed well in recent weeks. After scoring 11.2 points in Week 11, Knox has combined for 7.8 points in the past two weeks.

It’s tough to envision him getting back on track on Sunday when he takes on the Baltimore Ravens’ talented secondary. Baltimore’s defense has held opposing TEs to two touchdowns (tied for second-fewest in the NFL).

Broncos’ Noah Fant (vs. Texans): Just a few weeks ago, Noah Fant appeared to be evolving into a tight end that was viable in fantasy. The rookie tight end scored 20.5 points in Week 9 but has combined for 15.2 points ever since.

In addition, Fant will have a tough time reverting back to being a startable player in fantasy as he faces the Houston Texans. Houston’s defense has limited TEs to just three touchdowns (tied for third-fewest in the NFL).

Seahawks’ Jacob Hollister (vs. Rams): Jacob Hollister has quickly become one of Russell Wilson’s favorite weapons for the Seahawks. The Seahawks’ tight end has scored 10 or more points in three out of his past four games.

While he’s been a reliable option in recent weeks, he’ll have a stiff matchup versus the Rams in Week 14. The Rams’ defense has been able to keep TEs in check, allowing only 49 receptions to the position (12th fewest in the NFL).

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