The Thanksgiving games on Thursday can cause some fantasy football owners stress if the forget to start key players on Wednesday night or Thanksgiving morning. This leaves only 48 hours to make decisions and perform research.
The top five fantasy football tight ends should remain the same barring injuries. No.1) Antonio Gates is in bad shape with a foot injury and assorted ailments but anyone with Gates on their team probably does not have another top five tight end option. No. 2) Zach Miller is going against the Miami Dolphins this week.
No.3) Vernon Davis goes against one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL for Monday Night Football in the Arizona Cardinals. No.4) Jason Witten is playing on Thanksgiving Day at home against a New Orleans Saints pass defense that is a gambling defense. This should translate into short passes over the middle for Witten.
No.5) Dustin Keller also plays on Thanksgiving night against the Cincinnati Bengals defense. All these tight ends are must start in fantasy football leagues and the following three start and sit decisions could be the key to winning and losing this week.
Three Fantasy Football Tight Ends to Start in Week 12 of Fantasy Football
Jermaine Gresham: Cincinnati Bengals
Carson Palmer and the Cincinnati Bengals are great at picking up points and yardage in garbage time. There may not be much scoring from the Bengals in this game but they will have some 10-20 yard catches over the middle and the primary receiver on those plays will be Jermaine Gresham. Start Jermaine Gresham in all fantasy football leagues unless one of the five fantasy football tight ends above in on the roster.
Visanthe Schiancoe: Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings played one of their worst games of the season against the Green Bay Packers last weekend and it cost Brad Childress his job. Now with a new head coach and a renewed call to order, Visanthe Schiancoe and Brett Favre should be geared up for a big performance against another team on the verge of self destructing, the Washington Redskins. Start Visanthe Schiancoe in all fantasy football leagues unless one the top fantasy football tight ends above is on the team.
Greg Olsen: Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears will take on the Philadelphia Eagles and their opportunistic defense in this game. Jay Cutler will be under fire from a blitz happy defense and he will need to unload the ball quickly to short passing routes against the Eagles. Look for Olsen to be Cutler’s number one receiver by the end of the day. Start Greg Olsen in all fantasy football leagues unless one of the above fantasy football tight ends is on the roster.
Three Fantasy Football Tight Ends to Sit in Week 12 of Fantasy Football
Tony Gonzalez: Kansas City Chiefs
The Seattle Seahawks are giving up over 270 yards per game so why is it a recommendation to sit Tony Gonzalez. The main reason to sit him is that Matt Ryan should be going deep often in this game. Roddy White is the number one receiver in fantasy football and there may be no reason to set up a short passing game.
Also this game will be in the loudest stadium in the NFL, Qwest Field. It makes more sense for the Atlanta Falcons to run the ball to take the crowd out of the game early, then go up top on deep passing routes off the play action. Sit Tony Gonzalez in most fantasy football leagues unless the next best option is ranked 11th or less among fantasy football tight ends.
Brent Celek: Philadelphia Eagles
The Chicago Bears defense is among the best in the NFL and the combination of Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs over the middle is the most menacing pair of linebackers any tight end has to deal with. Also the Bears will have 10 days to rest and prepare for the Philadelphia Eagles in this game. Brent Celek is already not a favorite target for Michael Vick and this game will be no different. Sit Brent Celek in most fantasy football leagues unless the next best option is ranked 12th or less among fantasy football tight ends.
Owen Daniels: Houston Texans
The big and hard hitting tight end Owen Daniels has suffered many setbacks this season on his bad knees and he is partially the reason for the poor start of the Houston Texans this season. Daniels comes into this game as a shell of his former self and playing against a hard hitting group of linebackers for the Tennessee Titans does not bode well for the injury proned tight end this weekend. Sit Owen Daniels in most fantasy football leagues unless the next best option ranks 13th or less among fantasy football tight ends.
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