When you're trying to figure out what tight end to play, remember that the ones considered the best aren't exclusively there because of their pass catching ability.
But that's all that matters in fantasy.
So, if you're in need of a good tight end this week, take a look at this guys. The matchups are good and their recent history is going in the right direction.
Celek's fantasy stock is going in the right direction. Over the last two weeks, he's combined for 14 catches, 154 yards and a touchdowns. That's a very nice clip for a tight end.
Strangely, while the Cardinals have been terrible team this season, they have done a decent job against opposing tight ends.
Still, I like this matchup for Celek. His route running ability will give him plenty of balls. The fact that he's playing on a team with a lot of weapons sets up well for favorable matchups.
The last four weeks have been very kind to Ballard. He's gone over 50 yards in every one of those contests, and nabbed two touchdowns.
San Francisco's defense is tough, but still vulnerable at times to the big play. They haven't allowed a rushing touchdown all year.
But the Giants are capable of converting a big play or two and getting into scoring position. If the 49ers don't allow rushing touchdowns, someone is going to be targeted in the red zone. Ballard seems like a pretty good option in that spot.
Schiancoe has been an inconsistent player this year. But unlike these other two players, he actually has a history this season against his opponent.
In that game, Shiancoe had four catches, 45 yards, and a touchdown. That's not a bad performance, but far from impossible to repeat.
He's certainly had a few other games this season that would be productive, and the Packers aren't exactly great against opposing tight ends.