Looking towards Week 12 of the NFL fantasy football season, we will look into the matchups to discern the positive or negative impact a given matchup will have on tight ends. Below are the Week 12 start ’em sit ’em tight ends based on their matchups.
Week 12 Fantasy Football Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Tight Ends
Must Start: Pat Freiermuth — Steelers at Bengals
In typical primetime fashion last week against the Chargers, it was raining touchdowns for the tight ends, as Eric Ebron and Pat Freiermuth found the end zone. Both tight ends scoring will not be the case this week as Ebron is expected to miss extended time with a knee injury. Now the coast is clear for Freiermuth to be a reliable top-end tight end weekly.
Must Start: Rob Gronkowski — Buccaneers at Colts
Gronkowski returned last week against the Giants after a lengthy absence due to back complications. In that game, he had six receptions on eight targets for 71 yards. When healthy the upside of Gronkowski is the top tight end of the week. While the Colts defense shut down the Bills last week, that will not be the case this week and Gronkowski will be involved all game long.
Must Start: Kyle Pitts — Falcons at Jaguars
While this may have felt obvious early on in the season, Pitts has fallen out of love with many fantasy managers. This certainly makes sense as he failed to eclipse 10 half-PPR points since week seven. Last week against the Patriots, he was held to three receptions on five targets for 29. While he has been a disappointment benching him this week against the Jaguars is far from optimal.
Must Sit: Jared Cook — Chargers at Broncos
Cook has been one of the most frustrating tight ends in all of fantasy football. There are so many positive factors that point towards why Cook could have had an excellent season. He is on an excellent offense, he has a great quarterback, and he is coming off of a solid season in New Orleans. While the offense is good and Justin Herbert is playing at a high level, the ball just never seems to be going the way of Cook, who has just two touchdowns on the year. Last week against the Steelers he had three receptions on five targets for 28 yards.
Must Sit: Logan Thomas — Washington vs. Seahawks
This week appears to be the much-awaited return game for Logan Thomas after sustaining a hamstring injury in Week 4. In his last full game in Week 3 against the Bills, he had four receptions on four targets for 42 yards. While Thomas should be scooped off of the waivers immediately does not mean he should instantly be thrown in your starting lineup this week. If he performs this week we should look to start him going forwards but with so many delays in his return, there is a chance he is not one hundred percent.
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