After a one-catch performance, it may be hard to trust Jordan Reed on Monday night
Not surprisingly, the Week 15 injury report is fairly extensive, but it’s important that those fantasy owners still playing give it their full attention. The tight end situation is pretty good, as C.J. Fiedorowicz is the only one who has been ruled out already (although note that Vance McDonald has been placed on IR).
All of the others listed below should end up playing, but be sure to check the inactive report before game time to confirm. Don’t forget to consult the quarterback/running back and wide receiver (part 1, part 2) injury updates before setting your lineup so you get the complete picture.
Note: All games are on Sunday, Dec. 18 unless otherwise noted. All times are ET.
Eric Ebron (knee), TE, Detroit Lions at New York Giants, 1 p.m.
With four receptions in the past two games, Ebron is a high TE2 this week. He has been on the injury report with a knee issue before, but he's played through it. In a game where Matthew Stafford is banged up and it's going to be raining all afternoon, the passing game is going to be rough. Ebron hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 1, and he has been hit-or-miss all season. He may see more targets with Theo Riddick out, but he's still just a TE2.
Jordan Reed (shoulder), TE, Washington Redskins vs. Carolina Panthers, 8:30 p.m. (Mon.)
After missing Week 13, Reed returned last Sunday only to sink fantasy teams. He had one catch for 10 yards. He's going to be hard to trust again in Week 15, although the matchup is a good one. The Panthers give up the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Because Reed played last week, he will likely be active this week. However, if you got to the playoffs in spite of him, it's going to be hard to trust him this week. But again, the matchup is a good one, which is why Reed is still a low TE1.
Martellus Bennett (ankle), TE, New England Patriots at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m.
Week after week, Bennett is on the injury report with an ankle injury, and each week he plays. Last Sunday, he finally had a solid game with four receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. It was his first touchdown since Week 5. However, at Denver this week, Bennett has a tougher test. This has the makings of being a low-scoring game, and the touchdowns may not be there. Bennett could still produce, as Tom Brady may rely more on the short passing game to beat Denver’s stout defense. Bennett is a low TE1 but the floor is pretty low too.
Charles Clay (knee), TE, Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.
Sure, he found the end zone in Week 14 and sure, he faces the Browns, but relying on Clay with so much on the line is a hard pill to swallow. He's failed to have more than five receptions in a game this year. He only has one touchdown, and he is just as likely to have fewer than 20 yards then he is to have more than 50. Tight end is tough this week, but fantasy owners can find better options than Clay.
Jermaine Gresham (knee), TE, Arizona Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints, 4:05 p.m.
For fantasy owners looking for a fill-in tight end, Gresham is your guy. The knee injury kept him out of practice on Wednesday, but he returned to limited practice Thursday and Friday. He's had five receptions in each of the last three games, and he is becoming a bigger part of the offense with Michael Floyd now gone and John Brown struggling with sickle-cell-related issues. He's a solid TE2, but has a low ceiling for Week 15.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.
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