Whichever player starts at tight end for the Redskins will have a favorable matchup. The Falcons rank 20th against the pass, allowing 245.8 yards per game, and have given up the seventh-most Fantasy points to tight ends.
Of course, matchup data only counts for so much. The one with the greatest say in how the Redskins tight ends perform in Week 15 is quarterback Kirk Cousins, who is starting over Robert Griffin III for the first time this season. Cousins played the entire fourth quarter last week against the Chiefs but was inefficient, completing 7 of 16 passes for 59 yards.
If Reed ends up playing, his upside makes him almost impossible to sit in Fantasy, but in the more likely scenario that Paulsen plays, he's a gamble in Fantasy despite the favorable matchup and touchdown-scoring streak.
Getting another start in place of Jordan Reed, who was sidelined for a third straight game because of a concussion,
And he showed some athleticism on the play. The ball was one of many that Griffin overthrew on the day, but Paulsen fully extended his arm to tip the ball back to himself in the back of the end zone. In all, he had three catches for 44 yards, though he did also lose a fumble. His five targets were the third-most on the team.
The Redskins visit the Falcons in Week 15.
Granted, Reed would certainly be the preferrable option for Fantasy owners. He had emerged as quarterback Robert Griffin III's go-to guy in the four games leading up to Week 11, when he suffered the concussion, averaging 6.8 catches for 80.8 yards. But Paulsen did at least score a touchdown in his absence in Week 13, catching three passes for 41 yards.
Of course, he'll have a hard time matching even those modest numbers in Week 14. The Chiefs have allowed the fewest Fantasy points to tight ends this season.
Reed would be a must-start against him just because of the kind of numbers he puts up at a position where they're still relatively scarce. But Paulsen? Better steer clear in Fantasy.
Paulsen isn't likely to remain a big part of the offense. Jordan Reed is expected to return from his concussion Week 14 vs. Kansas City and resume his role as the pass-catching tight end.
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