Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Tight ends for Week 17
By Michael Fabiano
Updated: Dec. 26, 2012 at 06:34 p.m.
Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. Sleeper alert features an under-the-radar player who could produce good numbers. Owners beware features a regular fantasy starter who could fail to meet expectations based on the strength of his opponent. Obvious fantasy starters like Aaron Rodgers and Arian Foster will not be featured in this column. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.
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Greg Olsen at New Orleans Saints: Olsen has developed into one of the better tight ends in fantasy football, so keep him active in what could be a shootout against the Saints. Their defense has allowed the sixth-most yards and six touchdowns to tight ends in 2012.
Jason Witten at Washington Redskins: Witten might have just two touchdowns, but he's still a top-five player at his position. He's also had a lot of success in his career against the Redskins, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends overall.
Antonio Gates vs. Oakland Raiders: Gates has been a disappointment, but he has scored nine-plus fantasy points in two straight games. That's enough to start him against the Raiders, who have allowed an average of close to nine fantasy points per game to tight ends overall.
Sleeper alert - Kyle Rudolph vs. Green Bay Packers: Listed in this space last week, Rudolph scored a touchdown and 9.90 fantasy points against the Houston Texans. Keep him in your lineup against the Packers, who surrendered a score and 11.10 points to him in Week 13.
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Vernon Davis vs. Arizona Cardinals: Even in the event that Davis (concussion) is able to suit up against the Cardinals, he should still be left on fantasy benches. He has scored four or more fantasy points once in his last 10 games and is no longer a viable starting option.
Brandon Myers at San Diego Chargers: Myers had been one of the hottest tight ends in fantasy land, but he's scored a combined 3.20 fantasy points in his last three contests. He has also failed to score a single touchdown on the road, so Myers is clearly a major fantasy risk.
Jacob Tamme vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Tamme has had an unimpressive first season with the Broncos, ranking 25th in fantasy points at his position. The Chiefs have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to tight ends on the road, so Tamme's fortunes won't improve.
Owners beware - Jermaine Gresham vs. Baltimore Ravens: It's tough to bench a player like Gresham due to the state of the tight end position, but temper your expectations against the Ravens. Their defense has allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to tight ends on the road.
Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!