Bell has been buried on the depth chart all season, but with an injury to Garrett Celek (ankle), he was able to flash the talent that forced that
McDonald is building quite the rapport with Blaine Gabbert, becoming the quarterback's top tight end target and go-to man in the redzone. With Garrett Celek (ankle) out indefinitely, McDonald should continue to lead all San Francisco tight ends in targets going forward. The Bears provide a tough matchup next week (5.3 fantasy points per game allowed to opposing tight ends), but McDonald definitely deserves consideration in a game where Blaine Gabbert will likely be forced to throw the ball 25-plus times.
Cecil Shorts caught three passes on four targets for 18 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Saints. He also carried three times for 20 yards.
Despite the meager yardage output, Shorts managed to come through with a score for fantasy owners for the second straight week, after his touchdown pass a week ago. He also received multiple carries for the second straight week and is averaging over 6.5 yards per tote this season. There are targets to go around in the pass-heavy Houston offense, but Shorts has yet to establish himself as a consistent option this season. He will remain a risky fantasy play in Week 13 when the Houston Texans travel to take on the Bills.
Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) caught six passes for 113 yards on nine targets in Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Patriots.
Sanders appeared to be back at full health, overcoming a tough matchup against Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, who he burned for a 39-yard gain to set up the go-ahead touchdown inside of the two-minute warning. Demariyus Thomas, meanwhile, managed just one catch for 36 yards on a team-high 13 targets, once again struggling with drops. Even with the Denver Broncos now running the ball effectively, Thomas and Sanders should get plenty of targets.
Ryan Griffin caught four passes on five targets for 72 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Saints.
The 25-year-old took advantage of a porous Saints defense on Sunday, besting output from the previous 10 games combined. Griffin could certainly step forward for a Houston Texans team who has gotten next to nothing from the tight end position this season, but he is far from a reliable fantasy option at this stage. Houston will travel to take on the Bills in Week 13.
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