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12 Formation: Tight End Start/Sits Week 6

Week 5 was brutal across the tight end landscape. Hopefully, that improves in week 6. @ethanAwyatt brings you some tight ends you should look at (or not).

Welp! Admittedly, week five stunk. I missed half of my calls.

New York Jets TE Tyler Conklin decided to literally do nothing after I put him in the start section. When I say nothing, I mean it. Conklin didn’t even have a catch.

The other player I missed, Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee, headlined my sit section. He only had 46 receiving yards. However, his seven receptions put him over the ten-point threshold.

I hit the nail on the head telling you to start Philadelphia Eagles TE Dallas Goedert. He almost reached ten fantasy points on receiving yards alone with 95. Goedert also added eight receptions.

To finish on a sad note, I was right to make Pittsburgh Steelers TE Pat Freiermuth a sit. He only had two receptions for 12 receiving yards.

Onto week six, where I look to perform better.

Be sure to follow our other start/sit articles and authors; they contain great advice to help you each week.

Changing the Call (QB): Jayson Snyder
The Cutback (RB): Jake Oliver
Slant Pattern (WR): Tristan Cook
12 Formation (TE): Ethan Wyatt
Flex on ‘Em (FLEX): Evan Brown
IDP Start/Sit (IDP): Jon Glosser

Starts

George Kittle, SF (TE6)

Finally, Kittle showed signs of life last week. He had five receptions for 47 receiving yards. Before week five, Kittle only had six receptions for 52 receiving yards. Granted, he missed the first two games because of an injury.

Kittle and the 49ers play the Atlanta Falcons in week six. The Falcon’s defense has given up the fourth most fantasy points to tight ends in 2022. The smash matchup couldn’t come at a better time. The stats show increased involvement for Kittle, but the eye test tells me he’s getting back to form.

It’s also worth mentioning that in two previous matchups with the Falcons, Kittle’s averaged 9.5 receptions for 113.5 receiving yards’ He’s a smash play in week six.

Zach Ertz, ARI (TE3)

It’s official. I’m buying into Ertz. It’s taken some convincing because he no longer looks the part like he once did. However, the sheer volume of targets Ertz receives makes him valuable. It’s yet to be seen whether that continues after Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins returns from his suspension, but that doesn’t matter. It’s only week six, which means Ertz has one more game before Hopkins returns.

The icing on the cake? Wrtz and the Cardinals square off with the Seattle Seahawks, who have surrendered the most fantasy points to tight ends this year. The matchup couldn’t get any easier. That’s it; Smash Ertz into your lineups and reap the rewards!

Sits

Hayden Hurst, CIN (TE9)

Bengals TE Hurst has been nursing an injury in practice this week, which earned him the questionable tag for this week. We don’t know if he will suit up this week. Even if Hurst did, I’d be hard-pressed to play him.

In the New Orleans Saints, he has one of the hardest matchups for tight ends in fantasy football on the docket this week. The Saints have given up the third least fantasy points to tight ends in 2022. While some of the tight ends they faced haven’t been good, they’re doing more than just limiting them. The Saints are shutting down tight ends and removing them from game plans.

I expect nothing different when the Saints play the Bengals. Thus, I am sitting Hurst, especially when he’s already nursing an injury.

Hunter Henry, NE (TE16)

A part of me wonders if Henry regrets leaving the Los Angeles Chargers and QB Justin Herbert a few years back. Henry hasn’t had much success, if any, since he departed. Nevertheless, as a Henry fantasy manager, you might be contemplating starting him after a week where he had four receptions for 54 receiving yards.

I’m here to save you from a day of gloom, despair, and agony. Don’t start Henry or consider it. Before last week’s monster game, he posted five receptions for 41 receiving yards. Oh, and he hasn’t missed any games with an injury. Henry’s been ready and available every week this year. However, he’s not involved in the game plan. They deploy Henry as an extra blocker.

Sit him and don’t think, contemplate, or wonder about starting him.

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