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12 Formation: Tight End Start/Sits Week 7

At this point, it’s on you for not listening to @ethanAwyatt and his TE start/sit advice. Catch a glimpse of his greatness and see who should be started or sat in week 7.

I got back on track in week six. All but one of my four suggestions was wrong. After I trashed him and made him a sit, New England Patriots TE Hunter Henry spurned me. Henry had four receptions for 61 receiving yards and a touchdown. It’s the only time he’s eclipsed ten fantasy points all year.

As for who I got correct, let’s start with the two players highlighted as a start. San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle and Arizona Cardinals TE Zach Ertz each scored over ten fantasy points. Neither was able to get a touchdown, but it didn’t matter.

My other sit call made me proud with a whopping five points. Shout out to Cincinnati Bengals TE Hayden Hurst!

Time to cut to the chase and give you my calls for week seven.

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
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Tristan Cook
12 Formation (TE): 
Ethan Wyatt
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Evan Brown
IDP Start/Sit (IDP): 
Jon Glosser

Starts

David Njoku, CLE (TE6)

I don’t know if I’ve yet fully bought into Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku. However, Njoku’s recent target numbers may be swaying my thoughts. Njoku has had 29 targets in his last four games for the Browns. In those four games, he hasn’t had less than six targets in any of them.

With the horrid tight end landscape, playing one that is guaranteed at least six targets is a gigantic win. That alone makes Njoku an auto-start. However, he becomes a heck of a start when you realize Njoku plays a middling Baltimore Ravens defense.

It’s safe to say it’s a good week to play Njoku; it’s a failure if he isn’t a top-five tight end this week.

Gerald Everett, LAC (TE8)

In the first six weeks, Everett has had over six targets in four of them. Everett’s another tight end with a solid guaranteed workload. Still, he’s had somewhat lackluster success in fantasy.

It looks like Chargers WR Keenan Allen might return for the first time since week one. However, I’m still playing Everett, regardless. He has a matchup with the Seattle Seahawks in week seven, which boasts one of the worst defenses at guarding the tight end position. They give up an average of 17.5 fantasy points per game to tight ends. That’s horrendous, but it’s good news for Everett and the Chargers.

No matter who is healthy and active, Everett should be a featured part of the Chargers’ game plan. That will be worthwhile for fantasy owners.

Sits

Robert Tonyan, GB (TE9)

You can’t buy into Green Bay Packers TE Robert Tonyan yet. Although he had a season-high in targets (12) and receptions (10) in week six, Tonyan has only received over five targets in two games this season. Not to mention, this Packers offense has been anything but consistent. Unless you have one of their two illustrious running backs, you aren’t playing any offensive piece.

It’s also worth noting that the Packers play the Washington Commanders. This Commanders defense has allowed the fourth fewest amount of fantasy points to tight ends in 2022. I don’t expect the Tonyan and the Packers to buck this trend. It only furthers my belief that he should be benched until we see any consistency from him and the offense.

TJ Hockenson, DET (TE7)

Before his bye in week six, Detroit Lions TE TJ Hockenson left a sour taste in his fantasy owners’ mouths.

In week four, Hockenson went nuclear with 179 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Then, he had only one catch for six receiving yards in week five. What changed for him from week four to week five? The Lions got healthier, and a few receiving weapons came back into the fold.

Now, the same is truer for week seven. Additionally, Hockenson has a matchup with a Dallas Cowboys defense that features the third-best defense against tight ends in fantasy.

Sit Hockenson this week, as the road to success is treacherous. The workload is no longer guaranteed with a healthier Lions team, and a hard matchup muddy things for him.

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