Make sure you take advantage of great matchups for both Antonio Gates and Greg Olsen this week, but Heath Miller's value could be on a severe decline, according to our late-week fantasy tips for tight ends.
Chargers TE Antonio Gates went 6-81-2 against the Broncos in Week Six on 10 targets. Denver’s defense has improved each week, but it hasn’t had an answer for tight ends — Greg Olsen had two touchdowns last week. Gates has not been consistent for fantasy owners this season, but he has a good matchup vs. the Broncos this Sunday.
Panthers TE Greg Olsen merits a start in just about all formats this week vs. the Buccaneers, who have struggled vs. the pass all season long. Tampa Bay is ranked last in the league in pass defense and it has allowed Antonio Gates and Brandon Myers to make 12 catches for 116 yards and three TDs in the past two weeks. Olsen had his most productive game of the season last week (9-102-2) and we expect another strong showing from him against the Bucs.
Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew caught his second TD pass of the season in Week 10. What’s more, he was targeted nine times. Overall, Pettigrew is second on the Lions in targets (69) and catches (42). He remains a solid starting option in most leagues.
Colts rookie TE Coby Fleener remains sidelined with a shoulder injury. Fellow rookie Dwayne Allen has caught eight balls for 106 yards in Fleener’s absence the past two weeks combined. Hardly gaudy numbers, though Allen could be busy in Foxborough Sunday.
While Steelers TE Heath Miller had four catches in the Week 10 win vs. the Chiefs, none came after Ben Roethlisberger left the lineup. Moreover, he wasn’t targeted in the second half. Miller’s overall production makes him tough to sit, but how he’s utilized in Week 11 bears watching.
Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez appears to be another game-time decision this week (ankle), and with the Pats having the quick turnaround with a Thursday-nighter in Week 12, it’d make sense if Hernandez sat out against the Colts. Whenever he does return to the lineup, though, he should be in your fantasy lineups, despite the injury. Hernandez has 17 catches and two touchdowns in just over three games this season and was dominant down the stretch last season with two 100-yard receiving games in the final three weeks.
Texans TE Owen Daniels (back), after missing last week, was a limited practice participant on Wednesday. Keep an eye on his status as the week progresses, as it appears he will have a chance to return Sunday against the Jags.