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Fantasy Football Week 15 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Tight Ends

The 15th week of the NFL season is will be getting underway on Thursday as the Baltimore Ravens face the New York Jets. Before we look forward to Week 15, a couple of tight ends stood out among the rest in fantasy football in Week 14.

While the Philadelphia Eagles had to make a comeback to defeat the New York Giants, it was Zach Ertz who supplied them with the touchdowns they needed. Ertz ended Monday night’s game with nine receptions for 91 yards and two touchdowns for a grand total of 30.1 fantasy points; which was the most by a tight end in Week 14.

Besides Ertz, Noah Fant flashed his upside for the Denver Broncos as he caught four passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. The rookie tight end unfortunately left Sunday’s game with an injury but still ended up as the second-highest scoring tight end of the week.

What tight ends are expected to have a notable performance in the upcoming week of games? 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.

In light of that, here are the tight ends to start and sit in fantasy football in Week 15.

TEs to Start in Week 15

Browns’ David Njoku (vs. Cardinals): David Njoku was able to return from injury in Week 14 but he was undoubtedly limited as he caught just one pass for four yards. After getting another week to get back into the groove of things, this will be the week that the Cleveland Browns allow Njoku to return to being a focal point of the offense.

If you’re someone who has used the trend of tight ends against the Arizona Cardinals, Njoku is the next contestant. Arizona’s defense has given up 981 yards and 13 touchdowns to opposing TEs (both are most in the NFL).

Panthers’ Greg Olsen or Ian Thomas (vs. Seahawks): The Carolina Panthers have yet to clear Greg Olsen from the concussion protocol after missing Week 14. In the event that Olsen is unable to go again, Ian Thomas is a viable option at tight end.

Regardless of who starts on Sunday, they will get a positive matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle’s defense has surrendered 918 yards to TEs thus far (second-most in the NFL).

Broncos’ Noah Fant (vs. Chiefs): As for a play that is dependent on who starts, Noah Fant should have success if he’s able to be active on Sunday. Again, the rookie tight end had his best game of the season as he totaled 21.3 points versus the Houston Texans.

Given that Fant starts in Week 15, he’ll get a chance to build off of his recent performance against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs’ defense has allowed TEs to average 14.8 points per game (fifth-most in the NFL).

Other TEs to Start: Rams’ Tyler Higbee (vs. Cowboys), Titans’ Jonnu Smith (vs. Texans), Texans’ Darren Fells (vs. Titans)

TEs to Sit in Week 15

Chargers’ Hunter Henry (vs. Vikings): Despite an early-season injury, Hunter Henry has been able to put together a productive season for the Los Angeles Chargers. In his nine starts so far, Henry has nine games where he has posted 10 or more points.

Even though it’s tough to do so, it may be worth sitting Henry in Week 15 versus the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota’s defense has held opposing TEs to only one touchdown (fewest in the NFL).

Cowboys’ Jason Witten (vs. Rams): The Dallas Cowboys have plenty of playmakers on offense and Jason Witten still has a decent-sized role. The veteran pass-catcher has seen at least four targets in every single game this season.

Despite his consistent share of targets, Witten doesn’t have a favorable matchup this week against the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams’ defense has been able to contain TEs to only 10.3 points per game (seventh-fewest in the NFL).

Seahawks’ Jacob Hollister (vs. Panthers): Jacob Hollister has done a formidable job filling in at the tight end position for the Seattle Seahawks. Hollister has mustered up 10 or more fantasy football points in three of his four starts at tight end this season.

Seattle’s backup tight end will have a tough time getting involved against the Carolina Panthers’ defense in Week 15. Carolina’s defense has limited TEs to only 44 receptions (fewest in the NFL) and three touchdowns (tied for third-fewest in the NFL).

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