The AEE Fantasy Start/Sit List – TE edition – Week 11
The Fantasy Football 2019 NFL regular season. As we close out the regular season, let’s take a look at the best starts and sits heading into Week 11 of your fantasy football matchups.
Start of the Week: Ryan Griffin @ Washington Redskins
With the news that Chris Herndon is out and Ryan Griffin is reclaiming the starting role, I really like Griffin as a streaming option at tight end this week. Griffin was a non-factor while splitting snaps with Herndon, but in the 2 games prior, he had 116 yards and 2 touchdowns. In fact, he would have had 3 touchdowns if not for an egregious ‘catch rule’ decision to reverse a touchdown Griffin caught in the back of the endzone. All told, Griffin is a nice start for tight end needy teams.
Start – Darren Fells @ Baltimore Ravens: He only had 1 catch in his last game, but it was for a touchdown. Darren Fells has a nose for the endzone and has 6 on the year. The 33-year-old tight end is the quintessential NFL case of ‘better late than never’ as he is having a career year after being a journeyman for the first 5 years of his career. Fells is a solid start this week.
Start – Zach Ertz vs New England Patriots: I shouldn’t have to include Zach Ertz on this list after he put in his best performance of the year before the bye week, but I will. The fact that Ertz is facing the New England Patriots has to be intimidating for fantasy football owners who have him, but I’m here to tell you to play him anyways. Odds are, there won’t be a better option on the waiver wire.
Start – Gerald Everett vs Chicago Bears: It was an ugly game in Pittsburgh, but Gerald Everett was a bright spot as he had the most targets and catches for the Rams last Sunday. Everett is emerging as a favorite option of Jared Goff and the Chicago Bears have struggled against tight ends this year, making Everett an excellent start this week.
Start – Tyler Eifert @ Oakland Raiders: Lost but not forgotten is the description of Tyler Eifert’s fantasy career. Eifert has put in back to back usable games and what’s encouraging is he caught his 2nd touchdown from new starter Ryan Finley. It’s not a great option, but it is an option because the matchup against the Raiders is a juicy one.
Sit of the Week: OJ Howard vs New Orleans Saints
This was arguably the best game of the season for maligned fantasy tight end OJ Howard. Howard had 4 catches for 47 yards and 1 touchdown, which seems monstrous compared to the rest of his performances. It’s difficult to determine if this is due to OJ Howard or the Arizona Cardinals defense, but it’s at least a sign of life for the young tight end. Even still, I’m still on the #ForeverSit trend when it comes to OJ Howard. If you go chasing those points, there’s a good chance you end up with a bust.
Sit – TJ Hockenson vs Dallas Cowboys: There wasn’t much difference between Matthew Stafford and Jeff Driskel when it came to production for TJ Hockenson. At this point, TJ Hockenson is a dynasty stash only and cannot be counted on in any form or fashion beyond a dart throw, hope, and a prayer, shoot for the moon kind of play.
Sit – Foster Moreau vs Cincinnati Bengals: Before blanking last week, Foster Moreau had a touchdown in 2 out of the 3 prior games. The matchup is excellent here, but with a healthy Tyrell Williams back and an emerging Hunter Renfrow, Derek Carr is not leaning solely on his tight ends. Darren Waller is the star and Foster Moreau is sometimes a nice dart throw, but I feel he’s got a low ceiling and I’d look for better volume.
Sit – Dawson Knox @ Miami Dolphins: Coming off a decent game and with an excellent matchup, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of fantasy owners looking to stream Dawson Knox. I’ve been on the Fort Knox bandwagon but I would have to have a true lack of options for me to start Knox, as he’s busted more often than not, even in good matchups.
Sit – Mike Gesicki vs Buffalo Bills: It’s just not happening for Mike Gesicki this year from a fantasy perspective. The second-year tight end does not have a touchdown on the year yet, so in a sense he’s due. However, even being second on the team in targets, he only reeled in 3 of 6 targets and they were mostly on underneath routes. I’d look elsewhere for a streaming option.