Week 12 of the NFL season is truly a bleak one for anyone playing Fantasy Football and aren't
fortunate enough to roster Mark Andrews, Darren Waller, or Zach Ertz. These are the only tight ends anyone can fully bank on this week; well if you believe you can ever bank on a tight end in Fantasy. Of the only players at the position to average 10 or more points this season Will Dissley is on IR, Austin Hooper is injured and could possibly find himself on IR as well, Travis Kelce and Hunter Henry are both on bye weeks. This perfect storm has many fantasy players scrambling to find a tight end to fill their rosters this week and we have a few that could quite possibly win you a pivotal week 12 match-up.
New York Jets - Ryan Griffin
The Jets are all but out of the playoff race but don't tell them that, players like quarterback Sam Darnold truly believe this team still has a shot at the dance. Whether you believe the Jets can make the run or not they surely won't be holding back in the final weeks of the season so banking on a few of their players may still pan out. With the tight end situation being what it is my first target this week is Ryan Griffin who has picked up in targets and workload following the injury to Chris Herndon. In week 11 Griffin had over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown against the lousy Washington Redskins and has a total of 309 yards and 3 touchdowns on the season in limited usage. Now lets combine Griffin's recent production with his potential going up against the Raiders who rank 30th in Fantasy and defentely more than favorable for a Sam Darnald who prefers to work his way up with short passes and you could even see a few shots come Griffin's way in the redzone. I could see Griffin scoring anywhere from 12-25 points this game and that's the best you may have come the tight end landscape this week.
Seattle Seahawks - Jacob Hollister
The Seattle Seahawks have been one of the most tight end friendly teams in the NFL over the past few years whether it be Jimmy Graham, Will Dissly, and now Jacob Hollister. Russell Wilson loves his tight ends and especially in the red-zone adding to the value of players like Hollister who has already scored over 30 fantasy points in 4 games since taking over for the injured Will Dissley. One down side of Hollister is due to the Seahawks reputation when it comes to tight ends and a great performance on Monday night a few weeks ago against the 49ers means many fantasy mangers have already scooped him up in many leagues, however he can still be found in about 80% of ESPN leagues. Hollister has a decent match-up with the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12 who rank middle of the road on defense. If you are looking for a guy to get you by or just to stock on your bench, you can do much worse than Hollister. I'd say bet on scoring anywhere from 10-22 points from Hollister, it all depends on how many opportunities Wilson gives him in the red-zone but if history means anything you can bank on Wilson hitting his tight ends in the endzone.