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Before Week 13 I wrote about how George Kittle was a must-start tight end even through his down weeks because of his incredible upside. It's amazing how much that feels like it's changed after just one week. Jimmy Garoppolo's injury led to Brock Purdy taking over and throwing 37 passes, only two of them went to Kittle.

It would be easy to look at that first game and think Kittle's no longer a starting option. In fact, if you look at the projections below, you'll see Kittle outside the top-15. It's even easier to think that Purdy will destroy any hope of Kittle having upside. It would be easy, but it would also be rash.

The fact that Kyle Shanahan let Purdy throw 37 passes and his aDOT was a paltry 5.4 yards per attempt could actually be viewed as encouraging. It could be that last week was a McCaffrey/Samuel week, and this week will be a Kittle week. 

At the very least, it's too soon to give up on Kittle, which is why he's solidly inside my top 10. I can't imagine that changing before Week 16, mostly because he plays the Seahawks next week. If he gives us duds in the next two games, we'll have to reevaluate in the Fantasy semi-finals.

Here's everything else you need to know about tight end in Week 14:

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Who's Out

The following players are not being projected to play Week 14 at this time. Here's what it means:

CIN Cincinnati • #88
Age: 29 • Experience: 5 yrs.
There's not a Bengals tight end we'd trust without Hurst, but his absence could mean more targets for Tyler Boyd and the running backs.
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Numbers to Know
  • 42% -- Air yardage share for Greg Dulcich in Week 13. He had six catches for 85 yards.
  • 2.36 -- Yards per route run by Mark Andrews in his career with Tyler Huntley. When playing with Lamar Jackson, that rate is just 1.99. 
  • 28% -- Target share for Cole Kmet in Week 13. He also leads all tight ends with a 26.5% target share since Week 9. 
  • 40 -- T.J. Hockenson is second among tight ends with 40 targets since Week 9. 
  • 97% -- Daniel Bellinger played 97% of the offensive snaps in his Week 13 return.
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Matchups that matter
NE New England • #85
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ARI NE -1.5 O/U 44
OPP VS TE
32nd
PROJ PTS
5.8
TE RNK
11th
YTD Stats
REC
25
TAR
39
REYDS
336
TD
2
FPTS/G
5.9
TB Tampa Bay • #88
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SF SF -3.5 O/U 37
OPP VS TE
1st
PROJ PTS
6.4
TE RNK
10th
YTD Stats
REC
32
TAR
45
REYDS
309
TD
2
FPTS/G
6.8
MIN Minnesota • #87
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DET DET -1.5 O/U 53.5
OPP VS TE
28th
PROJ PTS
12.8
TE RNK
4th
YTD Stats
REC
56
TAR
83
REYDS
620
TD
4
FPTS/G
12
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #83
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BUF BUF -9 O/U 44
OPP VS TE
5th
PROJ PTS
7.1
TE RNK
13th
YTD Stats
REC
40
TAR
63
REYDS
390
TD
3
FPTS/G
8.1
LAR L.A. Rams • #89
Age: 30 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LV LV -6 O/U 44.5
OPP VS TE
29th
PROJ PTS
9.7
TE RNK
17th
YTD Stats
REC
50
TAR
78
REYDS
444
TD
0
FPTS/G
7.9
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NYG N.Y. Giants • #82
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PHI PHI -7 O/U 45
OPP VS TE
8th
TE RNK
22nd
ROSTERED
31%
YTD Stats
REC
21
TAR
23
REYDS
176
TD
3
FPTS/G
7.1
Daniel Bellinger has five targets in each of his past two full games and I would expect the Giants to be well above their normal pass rate against the Eagles.
TEN Tennessee • #81
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs JAC TEN -4 O/U 41
OPP VS TE
19th
TE RNK
14th
ROSTERED
22%
YTD Stats
REC
27
TAR
38
REYDS
279
TD
2
FPTS/G
5.6
Hooper may be the No. 1 pass catcher in Tennessee if Treylon Burks is out. He has 20 targets over the last four weeks, but the efficiency just hasn't been very good. The hope is that improves against the worst defense he's seen since Week 9.
NE New England • #85
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ARI NE -1.5 O/U 44.5
OPP VS TE
32nd
TE RNK
9th
ROSTERED
37%
YTD Stats
REC
25
TAR
39
REYDS
336
TD
2
FPTS/G
5.9
I don't really want to trust Henry or the Patriots pass game, but a matchup against the Cardinals is as good as it gets. They've allowed two more FPPG to the position than any other defense. Nine different tight ends have scored double-digit PPR Fantasy points against them.
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MIN Minnesota • #87
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DET DET -1.5 O/U 53.5
OPP VS TE
28th
PROJ PTS
12.8
TE RNK
4th
YTD Stats
REC
56
TAR
83
REYDS
620
TD
4
FPTS/G
12
Hockenson has already been an enormous part of the Vikings offense ever since he arrived. I can't imagine they don't get him at least one touchdown in his first game against the Lions.
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TEN Tennessee • #85
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs JAC TEN -3.5 O/U 41.5
OPP VS TE
19th
PROJ PTS
7.6
TE RNK
12th
YTD Stats
REC
15
TAR
25
REYDS
275
TD
1
FPTS/G
4
If you want the ultimate cheap dart throw at tight end, this is it. Okonkwo played a season-high 58% of the snaps after Treylon Burks was hurt and caught a career-high four passes for 68 yards. The Titans have used him as a downfield threat, which gives him the upside to make your day in one play at his price.
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