2017 Fantasy Football TE Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Evan Engram is listed below as a "start" for Week 6. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 6 with him as my starting tight end.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Travis Kelce and Engram, you should start Kelce -- and in turn, bench Engram.

So, while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

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Week 6 Fantasy Football TE Start'em

TE - Austin Seferian-Jenkins, New York Jets (vs. NE)

Since serving a two-game suspension to begin the season, Seferian-Jenkins has a total of only 106 yards (7.07 Y/R). But the volume has been encouraging as ASJ has averaged five catches and six targets per game. With 26-percent team target share in two of his three games, he's one of just five tight ends to have two such games this season. (The other four are Charles Clay, Jason Witten, Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz.)

In a favorable matchup against the Patriots, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, Seferian-Jenkins could have his best game of the season this week. And given his volume, he has a pretty high floor for a position that is so TD-dependent.

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TE - Evan Engram, New York Giants (at DEN)

Odell Beckham Jr. Brandon Marshall. Sterling Shephard. All out for Week 6 (or much longer). Losing their top-three wide receivers in Week 5, the Giants and Eli Manning will undoubtedly look Engram's way often this week. Of course, the Broncos will know that too, but I wouldn't be surprised if he sees double-digit targets this week.

Engram is coming off an 0-for this past week, but he has scored the 12th-most fantasy points (ninth in PPR) among tight ends this season with a 19/200/1 line on the year. Tied with Jimmy Graham with 34 targets, only Ertz, Witten and Kelce have more targets than Engram among tight ends.


TE - Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at ARI)

It's been a challenging year for tight ends, but Brate has exceeded expectations with the fourth-most fantasy points this season even though he's already had his bye. Much of Brate's success is due to his three-game touchdown streak, but he has finished as the weekly TE10, TE3 and TE4 over the past three weeks, respectively. In each of those games, Brate has a minimum of four catches and a total of 19 targets.

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Week 6 Fantasy Football TE Sit'em

TE - Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions (at NO)

Ebron has played five games this season and he's had four duds. Aside from Week 2 (5/42/1), he has two or fewer catches every week and has failed to reach double-digit receiving yards in three of five games this season. With the exception of Rob Gronkowski (116 yards), the Saints have held the other tight ends they have faced to less than 30 yards. Perhaps Ebron has a bounce-back game, but he needs to show more before I can trust him.

TE - Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders (vs. LAC)

Technically, Cook is my TE13 so he's not too far removed from being start-worthy in 12-team leagues. That said, the Chargers have yet to allow a touchdown to an opposing tight end and only Ertz has reached the 50-yard mark against them. One positive is that Cook has five-plus targets every week and has averaged 6.2 per game this season. That said he has finished as the TE20 or worse in three of four games and the Chargers have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to the position this season.

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