Finding and starting the right tight end in fantasy football can make the difference in winning and losing, especially in the playoffs. Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett started off the week with a bang, catching 12 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown on Thursday night. Here’s a look at four other tight ends who have favorable fantasy matchups in Week 14.
All statistics are courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.
1. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Gates and the Chargers will be taking on the New England Patriots in what is a huge game for both teams in Week 14. The Patriots are giving up the ninth-most fantasy points per game to tight ends in the league this season, and Gates is coming off of a seven-catch, 83-yard performance in Week 13. Expect to see similar numbers out of gates in Week 14.
2. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Walker has quietly put together an excellent season for the Titans in 2014. He is the team’s leading receiver and will be looking for a bounce-back week against the New York Giants, who are giving up the 10th-most fantasy points per game in the league to tight ends this season, in Week 14. Expect to see Walker finish the game with close to 10 targets.
3. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
Miller has been a model of consistency throughout his years in Pittsburgh, and 2014 has been no different. In Week 14, Miller and the Steelers will be taking on division rivals the Cincinnati Bengals, who are giving up the 13th-most fantasy points per game in the league to tight ends this season. Miller is a safety blanket for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, so expect to see him get seven to 10 targets in Week 14.
4. Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills
Chandler’s size makes him a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. In Week 14, Chandler and the Bills will be traveling to Denver to take on a Broncos defense that is giving up the eighth-most fantasy points per game in the league to tight ends this season. With Bills quarterback Kyle Orton out for revenge against his former team, it would not be the least bit surprising to see him targeting Chandler early and often in Week 14.