Denver has had a tough time defending opposing tight ends, allowing them to score 9.50 Fantasy points per game. Tight ends have averaged 79.25 yards per game against Denver, the second-highest total in the league. In the team's 12 games, tight ends have managed to score five touchdowns.
Walker has been a surprising breakout star his first season in Tennessee. Walker is second on the team with a career-high 45 receptions, and leads the team with five receiving touchdowns. Walker is coming off his worst game of the season, in which he caught one pass for 5 yards. With Ryan Fitzpatrick under center, he's averaged about four catches per game. He could be the team's best weapon against a weak Denver secondary.Analysis:
Granted, Reed would certainly be the preferrable option for Fantasy owners. He had emerged as quarterback Robert Griffin III's go-to guy in the four games leading up to Week 11, when he suffered the concussion, averaging 6.8 catches for 80.8 yards. But Paulsen did at least score a touchdown in his absence in Week 13, catching three passes for 41 yards.
Of course, he'll have a hard time matching even those modest numbers in Week 14. The Chiefs have allowed the fewest Fantasy points to tight ends this season.
Reed would be a must-start against him just because of the kind of numbers he puts up at a position where they're still relatively scarce. But Paulsen? Better steer clear in Fantasy.Analysis:
Yes, with the right matchup, the Falcons passing game has shown it can produce even without star wide receiver Julio Jones. And it seems to have the right matchup Week 14 at Green Bay. The Packers rank 22nd against the pass, allowing 250.5 yards per game.
Of course, they've been more vulnerable to wide receivers than tight ends, but even tight ends have scored on average a touchdown every other game against them. Most recently, the Vikings' Rhett Ellison found the end zone against them in Week 12, so they're due to give up one.
That said, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown multiple touchdown passes in only one of his last six games, so in any given week, the odds are against Gonzalez scoring. But you won't find a tight end with better odds on the waiver wire.Analysis:
With both in the mix, though, it becomes a guessing game of which tight end will hit that 35-receiving yard mark, and which might score a touchdown. And with just three touchdowns between them on the season, it's a guessing game with little value attached to the correct answer.
With both tight ends active, there is little Fantasy value for either. Gresham and Eifert can both be left on the waiver wire in most formats.Analysis:
Fleener isn't the perfect substitute for Reggie Wayne, but he's taken on a greater deal of responsibility, acting as a de facto No. 2 since Wayne's injury. Fleener's Week 14 opponent, the Bengals, have been up-and-down against opposing tight ends; while they've been relatively stingy with yardage, the Bengals have allowed six touchdowns to tight ends on the season, including two in the last three games.
There's no reason for Fleener to drop out of the offensive game plan, so the targets should keep coming his way. If he scores is another matter, but as long as he's getting 50 yards, Fleener remains a top 12 option at the position. He can be started in most leagues.Analysis:
Arizona hosts the Rams on Sunday.Analysis:
Pitta is working in practice for the third staight week after losing most of the season to a dislocated and fractured hip sustained in training camp in July.
The Ravens can certainly use a healthy and productive Pitta. Fellow tight ends Ed Dickson and Dallas Clark have struggled all year.Analysis:
Another one is likely coming Sunday against a Browns team that ranks 21st in the league against opposing tight ends. Gronkowski is on a roll that should continue. He has scored one touchdown in each of his last four games, during which time he has 27 catches for 419 yards.
He could receive much of his coverage from Browns strong safety T.J. Ward, who is stronger against the run than the pass.
Gronkowski is ranked atop the list of NFL tight ends by all three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers for this week. Expect major production against the Browns, especially if they score enough to keep Tom Brady throwing the ball deep into the game.Analysis: