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Tight End Rankings: NFL Fantasy Week 12

Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys

No Travis Kelce (or Zach Ertz) this week? Maybe Dalton Schultz is available to be picked up.

Don't overreact to the absence of Travis Kelce from my Week 12 fantasy tight end rankings. He's on bye this week, which means Kelce owners might be scrambling for a good streaming option this week.

I'm not going to suggest any of my top four options as they are studs who were likely drafted and never even glimpsed the free agency pool in most fantasy leagues. But my fifth option might still be available, especially in shallower leagues. However, my guess is that in deeper leagues Dalton Schultz is long gone.

But I am definitely high on Schultz this week. Blake Jarwin is still on injured reserve for at least a few more weeks. That automatically makes Schultz the clear-cut TE option for Dak Prescott. But Amari Cooper (COVID-19) will not be able to play on Thanksgiving. And there's a chance CeeDee Lamb (concussion) does not play either. That will automatically elevate the number of targets that Schultz should get this week.

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Not that those targets aren't already high for a tight end. He's had between 5-8 targets in 80 percent of his games this year. And Schultz could not ask for a much better matchup this week. The Raiders are giving up the second-most fantasy points to opposing TEs this season.

Don't be faultin' Dalton this week!

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NFL Tight End Rankings: Week 12

Teams on bye: Arizona, Kansas City

— 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.