Finally a week where fantasy owners don't have to worry about Rob Gronkowski playing. He's going to be out there for Week 15 and is a clear-cut TE1. Other tight ends that have a probable tag and have practiced in full include Travis Kelce, Heath Miller, Jacob Tamme, Vance McDonald and Ryan Griffin. Start them as you normally would. But are you really going to trust any of these guys, including Kelce, to help you win your playoff matchup this week?
Strategy aside, the tight end position has been tough to predict this year as guys that should have been studs (like Kelce) have disappointed and other guys (Gary Barnidge) have stepped up. Just be sure you're starting a tight end that is active this week, so check out the list below.
Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday unless otherwise noted.
Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers at New York Giants
Probable – Knee
After injuring his knee and missing some of last week’s game, Olsen was able to practice this week and is on track for a great matchup today. The Giants have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Don't worry about Olsen; he'll be active this week. Start him as a solid TE1.
Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings
Questionable – Ribs
Miller has five touchdowns in the past six games, and while he has the questionable tag, all signs point to him taking the field on Sunday. Jay Cutler looks for him in the red zone, so while he's not getting a lot of targets, his potential to find the end zone makes him a low-end TE1 for Week 15. San Francisco is middle-of-the-road in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends, but they did just allow Gary Barnidge to score on them last week.
Owen Daniels, TE, Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)
Probable – Knee
The matchup against the Steelers is a good one, and the knee issue likely won't keep Daniels out of the game. However, he's still just a low TE2. Vernon Davis is healthy and will be active this week. The timeshare doesn’t necessarily bode well for either player’s potential, especially with Brock Osweiler struggling recently. As long as Davis is out there, he’s the more appealing option, but far from a safe bet regardless of matchup.
Scott Chandler, TE, New England Patriots vs. Tennessee Titans
Questionable – Knee
While Chandler may be questionable, he's not a fantasy option with Rob Gronkowski good to go. Chandler is still worth holding onto as a Gronk handcuff, but he's not worth starting in Week 15.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals at San Francisco 49ers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)
Out – Concussion
Between the neck injury and the concussion, Eifert has not been practicing and has been ruled out for Week 15. Fantasy owners should keep him in case he's back in Week 16, but don't count on it. It seems likely that the Bengals will give him the rest he needs in order to get healthy. However, note that the Bengals face the Broncos in Week 16 and Andy Dalton will likely still be out.
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills at Washington Redskins
Out – Back
Clay has been ruled out with the back injury, but he hasn't been fantasy relevant in weeks. He can safely be dropped and his absence doesn't really open the door for any other Bills players. Perhaps LeSean McCoy may see a few more targets, but that's about it.
Crockett Gillmore, TE, Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Out – Back
Gillmore is out and likely will be out for the rest of the season. He can safely be dropped in all re-draft leagues, if he hasn't already. Maxx Williams will take over as the Ravens' tight end, but he isn't a fantasy option this week as pretty much no one on the Ravens is at this point.
— 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.