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START/BENCH: Week 14

TIGHT ENDS

STUDS

OFF THE LIST: Greg Olsen, Carolina (at Cleveland): Olsen re-injured his balky foot in last week’s loss to Tampa Bay and has been placed on season-ending Injured Reserve.

SPOT-START OF THE WEEK

Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh (at Oakland)

As Rotowire pointed out, McDonald didn’t do much last Sunday night against the Los Angeles Chargers.

“McDonald caught four of seven targets for 28 yards during Sunday’s 33-30 loss to the Chargers,” they wrote. “Although he appeared to be fully recovered from the hip injury he sustained in Week 13 against Denver, McDonald had his third consecutive game with (less than) 30 yards receiving. He’ll look to bounce back against Oakland – which allows the most fantasy points to tight ends per game (12) – in Week 14.”

Given McDonald’s recent cold spell, many fantasy owners are likely reluctant to trust McDonald in a must-win week. But man oh man this matchup is delicious. Oakland has had all kinds of problems with tight ends this year, and with James Conner out there could be a few more underneath targets for the bulldozer.

ROLL THEM OUT

David Njoku, Cleveland (vs. Carolina)

There have been flashes of elite talent from Njoku this year, and he’s making a case to be drafted relatively early next season. He’ll strengthen that case in a favorable fantasy matchup with reeling Carolina in Week 14.

Ben Watson, New Orleans (at Tampa Bay)

Watson had an OK outing in New Orleans’ Week 1 loss to Tampa Bay, hauling in four passes for 44 yards. That’s a reasonable baseline for the rematch with a Tampa Bay team that has surrendered the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends in 2018.

SIT THEM DOWN

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay (vs. New Orleans)

With just six grabs for 62 yards over the last two weeks, Brate hasn’t been the TE1 fantasy owners hoped for when O.J. Howard went down. He isn’t breaking out in Week 14 either — New Orleans is last in the NFC in fantasy points allowed to tight ends.

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota (at Seattle)

With just 12 receptions for 114 yards over the last three games without a touchdown, Rudolph has not been joining in any reindeer games of late. He won’t be saving Christmas in a bad fantasy matchup Monday night against surging Seattle.

About Gary Davenport

A member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and Pro Football Writers of America who resides in Columbus, Ohio, Gary has been featured on a number of fantasy websites and in nationally circulated publications. These publications include the USA Today Fantasy Football Preview and the magazines distributed by Fantasy Sports Publications Inc., for whom Gary is a both a contributing author and associate editor. Gary is a seven-time FSWA Award finalist and two-time winner who was named the organization's Fantasy Football Writer of the Year for 2017. Gary also appears regularly on Sirius XM Radio (including live from Radio Row at Super Bowl XLIX) and over-the-air stations across the country. Gary was one of the co-founders of, and Head Writer at, Fantasy Football Oasis before joining Fantasy Sharks as an IDP Senior Staff Writer in 2011. He knows football. Or so he's heard.