The AEE Fantasy Start/Sit List – TE edition – Week 12

The AEE Fantasy Start/Sit List – TE edition – Week 12

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 12 of your fantasy football matchups.

Start of the Week: Jacob Hollister @ Philadelphia Eagles

I was already excited about playing Jacob Hollister in this matchup, but if Tyler Lockett were to miss the game, Hollister becomes a must-start. Hollister is coming off a ten target game and has 3 touchdowns in his last 2 games. Russell Wilson has made stars out of no-name tight ends before (see: Will Dissly) and Hollister is going to be one of the best starts of the week. I believe so much in Hollister that if I have him and Darren Waller or Zach Ertz, I’m flexing Hollister in leagues that allow you to flex a tight end.

Start – Dallas Goedert vs Seattle Seahawks: Given the state of the wide receiver corps in Philadelphia, Dallas Goedert is one of the few backup tight ends that can be trusted to deliver like a TE1. Goedert is being consistently targeted behind Zach Ertz and has 4 touchdowns on the year, including 3 touchdowns in his last 4 games. Goedert is a solid start in this home matchup.

Start – Ryan Griffin vs Oakland Raiders: After finishing as the number one scoring tight end of the week, Ryan Griffin is walking into an excellent matchup. Griffin doesn’t have Chris Herndon to take away snaps anymore and Sam Darnold loves to use his tight ends, making Ryan Griffin a fantastic streaming option this week. Like Hollister, he’s even worth flex consideration this week.

Start – Noah Fant @ Buffalo Bills: Although he only had 4 catches for 60 yards, Noah Fant was peppered with targets in and out of the red zone last week, finishing with 11 total targets on the day. That kind of volume from any tight end is going to be enough to warrant taking a chance and starting them.

Start – Jonnu Smith vs Jacksonville Jaguars: If you’re planning on starting Jonnu Smith in a pinch, you will need to monitor the status of Delanie Walker. Walker has been out with an ankle injury for some time but has begun practicing in a limited fashion this week and is “excited” about his potential return. However, if Walker does miss the game, Smith will be a nice play.

Sit of the Week: OJ Howard @ Atlanta Falcons 

Some people just never learn. If you started OJ Howard last week, I wish I could tell you I sympathize, but I truly don’t. OJ Howard has lived on the sit list this year and the only thing that’s made him relevant this year was a matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. Otherwise, OJ Howard will continue to be my #foreversit.

Sit – Jimmy Graham @ San Francisco 49ers: Remember the good ol’ days when Jimmy Graham was a straight baller and was looking to be paid like a wide receiver? It seems like a distant memory given Graham’s performances in Seattle and now in Green Bay with two of the league’s best quarterbacks throwing him the ball. Graham is a hopeful dart throw and nothing more and given the streaming options for tight end this week, I’d be sitting Jimmy Graham.

Sit – Mike Gesicki @ Cleveland Browns: After what seemed like a potential breakout game for Mike Gesicki three weeks ago, he’s since come back down to earth, accumulating just 46 yards in the last 2 weeks. Gesicki is simply not a reliable option in an up and down Dolphins passing attack that primarily features Davante Parker and not much else.

Sit – Greg Olsen @ New Orleans Saints: The Panthers veteran tight end is coming off back to back solid performances but given how Kyle Allen looked last week and how well the Saints defense has played this year, I’d be looking elsewhere than Greg Olsen for a TE play this week. Olsen is a good player but not a great fantasy option this week.

Sit – TJ Hockenson @ Washington Redskins: While fellow rookie first-round TE, Noah Fant, continues to develop with his team, TJ Hockenson seems mired in mediocrity. Hockenson has failed to take advantage of his targets more often than not and now that Jeff Driskel is the quarterback, he’s seeing less overall targets. Even with a great matchup on deck, you can’t trust Hockenson this year.

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