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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 12: Tight ends

We break down the top starting options at tight end this week, along with some players who should be avoided.

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Week 12 of the fantasy football season is here, and we're back with another crop of start/sit options. We have a nice set of data about each team through six weeks, and can make informed decisions on good plays and traps. With that in mind, we'll pick quarterbacks who should exceed expectations in Week 12, along with three you should probably sit.

Start

Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers at New York Jets

All you Olsen owners who have waited patiently for his return, it is time to give thanks. Not only does Olsen come back to a team hitting its stride on offense, he returns just as emerging wideout Curtis Samuel is lost for the season, leaving a bunch of targets on the table for Olsen to absorb, and the Panthers draw a Jets defense that ranks in the bottom 10 in the league against the tight end position.

Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns

One of the ten commandments of fantasy football is thou shalt always play a tight end against the Browns. Kroft left early against the Broncos last week with a hand injury, but not before grabbing a touchdown. He’s been cleared to go on Sunday, and Dalton figures to get him involved in such a great positional matchup.

Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos

As noted above, the Broncos gave up a tight end touchdown last week, something they tend to do as the league’s worst defense against the tight end not called the Giants. Cook has been one of the few consistent bright spots in this passing game, and is likely to be Derek Carr’s favorite target on Sunday.

Sit

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons

O.J. Howard is starting to assert himself as a pass-catching option in this offense, and one that Ryan Fitzpatrick is focusing on. Brate has just three receptions in the past three games combined and now is dealing with a back injury.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jets vs. Panthers

The Panthers allow the fewest yards to tight ends in the league, and after a fast start, ASJ only has one double-digit fantasy output in his past three games.

Austin Hooper, Falcons vs. Buccaneers

Hooper has been consistently inconsistent in fantasy this year, making him hard to trust, even against a poor Buccaneers pass defense. If he stays on his alternative week pattern, he should do well, but that’s a tough roll of the dice.