After a slow start, Zach Ertz has picked things up lately
I get why the expert consensus has Zach Ertz atop the Week 12 fantasy tight end rankings. Travis Kelce, plus a few others, are on bye this week. That means that no TE playing this week has been hotter his last three games than Ertz. Ertz also has a decent matchup against the Seahawks, who are giving up the eighth-most fantasy points to TEs. And I still like him this week. But number one is a little high, doncha think?
Ertz has all of two touchdowns this year. That means he has fewer TDs than Blake Jarwin amongst other notables! He has fewer receptions than my top tight end this week, Darren Waller. Part of Ertz's recent success can be attributed to 86 targets, second behind Kelce. With Desean Jackson on IR and Alshon Jeffery out last week, Ertz SHOULD be the most targeted player on the Eagles. Even if Jeffery does play this week, I expect Seattle to keep Ertz in check. They are not the Legion of Boom anymore, but they are still allowing the ninth-fewest touchdown catches.
Meanwhile, the Jets who happen to be Waller's opponents this weekend, are giving up the 10th-most TD grabs. See where I am going here? I think you got the idea. But whether you have Ertz or Waller, that's whom you are starting. One player you might overlook though is Cameron Brate. Don't.
The rest of the expert consensus agree with me on Brate too. See below to see who else I like at TE in Week 12.
Teams on bye: Arizona, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota
NFL TE Rankings: Week 12
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.