Start Pat Freiermuth, Tyler Conklin, Mike Gesicki, Foster Moreau? Expert Fantasy TE Start/Sit Playoffs Advice
Getty Images. Pictured: Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki, Steelers TE Pat Freiermuth
- Will Foster Moreau finally cash in his promise with Darren Waller out another week?
- Our expert runs through four TEs on the fringe of the TE1 tier to start or sit for opening round of playoffs.
- Find her fantasy football start/sit advice for Moreau, Pat Freiermuth, Tyler Conklin and Mike Gesicki below.
Editor’s note: The following was written on Friday, so be sure to consult our experts’ real-time rankings for fantasy football start/sit advice on any COVID- or injury-impacted players.
Setting your lineups can be difficult, especially with everything on the line in the fantasy football playoffs.
Below you will find some tight ends I like, as well as some I don’t like for Week 15 based on matchups, injuries, trends and more.
Which Tight Ends To Start/Sit In Week 15
Mike Gesicki, Dolphins vs. Jets
Gesicki has had his ups and downs this season, but he’s a top-12 tight end in half PPR on a per-game basis (though that’s probably more of an indictment against the position). He saw a whopping 11 targets in Week 13 against the Giants, but was unable to do much with them, catching only seven for 46 yards.
Gesicki does have a number of things going for him this week:
- He and the Dolphins will be well-rested coming off their Week 14 bye;
- The Dolphins could be shorthanded without star wideout Jaylen Waddle and a handful of their running backs, all of whom are on the COVID-19/reserve list;
- Gesicki faces the Jets, who have been unimpressive in most categories this season and rank seventh-worst in fantasy points allowed per game to tight ends.
Gesicki should be considered a TE1 this week in light of the matchup and situation.
Verdict: Start as TE1
Pat Freiermuth, Steelers vs. Titans
Will fantasy Twitter lose its collective minds if Freiermuth ends up with more fantasy points than Kyle Pitts? It’s actually possible, as Freiermuth is averaging 7.9 half PPR points per game to Pitts’ 8.5.
Freiermuth’s target share hasn’t been impressive of late, but he is getting the job done as a red-zone target. Since the Steelers’ bye, the rookie has scored six times over seven games and is the TE4 in half PPR on a per-game basis over that span. His numbers would be even higher if he had managed to hold onto what would have been the game-winning touchdown on the final play of the Vikings’ game.
Freiermuth is a must-start this week against the Titans and moving forward.
Verdict: Start as TE1
Tyler Conklin, Vikings at Bears
Conklin was a popular streaming option last week with Adam Thielen sidelined with an ankle injury. He disappointed, however, and saw a season-low two targets in the game. He caught just two of two targets for 20 yards and finished as TE30 in half PPR.
It appears wideout K.J. Osborn will be the primary beneficiary of Thielen’s absence, which will likely continue into this week. It’s still not enough to reel me in, especially in a tough matchup versus the Bears, whose defense has allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to tight ends this year.
Conklin is a sit for me, except perhaps in the deepest of leagues.
Foster Moreau, Raiders at Browns
Moreau was expected to feast with Darren Waller sidelined for the past couple weeks. Moreau has been a dud, however, tallying just one catch for 34 yards in Week 13 against Washington and three catches for 13 yards in Week 14 against the Chiefs.
Waller will miss his third-straight game on the road against the Browns, which may tempt some managers to roll Moreau out once more, but I am not biting. He is a TE2 with downside in Week 15.
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