Fantasy Football Start Em Sit Em Week 1: 3 Tight Ends Who Will Tank
Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
There are a number of factors working against Tony Gonzalez on Sunday. For one, the 11-time Pro Bowler is 35 years old and, as such, has lost a step or two from what he once had. In the process of, well, growing older, "Gonzo" has slipped to the third option for Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, behind Roddy White and rookie Julio Jones.
As far as matchups are concerned, Gonzo will be going against a Bears defense that gave up only two touchdowns to tight ends last season, thanks to Chicago's stellar linebacking combo of Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs.
Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars
Fantasy owners around the country were left shaking their heads when Jacksonville cut David Garrard, and not because any of them necessarily had the Jaguars' quarterback on their teams.
No, that collective sigh you heard was one of sadness for Marcedes Lewis, whose production will be contingent on how many errant throws from Luke McCown that he'll be able to haul in. Add in the fact that Lewis managed only 76 total and no touchdowns in two games against the Titans last season, and he becomes a surefire sit for Week 1.
Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
For whatever reason, no one seems to be paying much attention to Antonio Gate's health. The Chargers' star tight end has been a full-time participant in practice of late after struggling early in camp with plantar fasciitis, the very same injury that kept him out of action for six games last season.
San Diego should have plenty of success against Minnesota's defense on Sunday, though the Vikings' voracious linebacking corps of Chad Greenway and EJ and Erin Henderson figures to put Gates' gimpy foot to the test.
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