Week 14 Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Rob Gronkowski, Gary Barnidge, Jacob Tamme, Scott Chandler

Rob Gronkowski is officially Questionable after missing last week with a knee injury. Will he play Sunday night in Houston?

The list of tight ends on the Week 14 fantasy injury report is one of the longest it's been in recent weeks. Vance McDonald has been ruled out, and some guys are probable that will play as they practiced in full on Friday. Greg Olsen, Tyler Eifert, Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz and, Ladarius Green will all be active and fantasy owners should plan to start them as they normally would.

 

Be sure to check out the RB/QB injuries and the WR injuries to get the complete picture.

 

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Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET unless otherwise noted.

 

Gary Barnidge, TE, Cleveland Browns vs. San Francisco 49ers

Questionable – Ankle

Be sure to check the inactive reports on this one, but all signs point to Barnidge playing in Week 14. He has been a solid TE option for fantasy owners and is a TE1 this week as well, assuming he's active. Even with Johnny Manziel at quarterback he still should get enough targets to provide fantasy value.

 

Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots at Houston Texans (Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET)

Questionable – Knee

Gronkowski made the flight to Houston, so it is possible that he does play on Sunday night. However, for fantasy owners, it's going to be a tough call as he is going to be a game-time decision. Signs point to him playing, but will he be a decoy? Will he be limited? Or will he just come in for a few red zone packages and put up a 2-20-2 stat line? It's a tough call to make, but the safest call for fantasy owners in the first week of the fantasy playoffs is to bench Gronk, as hard as that may be, unless you also own Scott Chandler.

 

Jacob Tamme, TE, Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers

Probable – Shoulder

He hasn't been scoring touchdowns (one on the season) but he has been a viable fantasy option. Now that Leonard Hankerson is on injured reserve, Tamme is behind only Julio Jones in terms of targets on the team. With Jones drawing a lot of Josh Norman’s attention this week, look for Tamme to have a big week. He's a TE1.

 

Scott Chandler, TE, New England Patriots at Houston Texans (Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET)

Questionable – Knee

Chandler had a knee injury and played in Week 13, finishing with four receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown. He's scored touchdowns in the past two weeks. He's expected to play in Week 14, although if Rob Gronkowski is active, his role will be unknown. If Gronk is simply a decoy, Chandler is still a high-end TE2. If possible, find another option at tight end unless you also own Gronk, which would allow you to wait and start whomever ends up playing.

 

Owen Daniels, TE, Denver Broncos vs Oakland Raiders (Sunday, 4:05 p.m.)

Probable – Knee

Daniels is probable, and Vernon Davis is questionable (concussion). If Davis is out, Daniels' outlooks improves even though fantasy owners do remember the donut that he gave them when the Broncos played the Raiders earlier in the season. While tight ends do succeed against the Raiders it's tough to trust Daniels if Davis is active. Daniels is a high-end TE2 if Davis is out; a TE3 if he plays.

 

Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears vs. Washington Redskins

Questionable – Ribs

With Martellus Bennett on injured reserve, Miller is now the No. 1 tight end in Chicago. He is dealing with a rib injury, but is expected to play. When filling in for Bennett in Week 12, Miller had two receptions for 10 yards and a touchdown.  Jay Cutler does look for him in the red zone, so Miller is a viable TE2 for Week 14.

 

Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

Probable – Rib

Miller missed Week 13, but is on track to play today. The Bengals have only allowed one opposing tight end to score a touchdown and Miller hasn't found the end zone since Week 2. He's a low-end TE2 this week.

 

Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills at Philadelphia Eagles

Probable – Knee

While Clay will play on Sunday, he isn't a recommended fantasy option. The Eagles' defense is pretty terrible, but they have actually been decent at defending tight ends. They've only allowed three touchdowns to opposing tight ends this year (although two of those TDs have been in the past three weeks). Clay is barely on the TE2 radar.

 

Crockett Gillmore, TE, Baltimore Ravens vs. Seattle Seahawks

Doubtful – Back

Gillmore had a big game in Week 11, but has faded since. He is not likely to play this week, which means Maxx Williams will be the tight end that Jimmy Clausen (most likely) looks to throw the ball to. While the Seahawks struggle against tight ends, this isn't exactly an ideal matchup. Williams is a desperation start, but that's about it.

 

— 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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