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Fantasy football: Tight ends worth starting in Week 13

Last week it was kickers, but this week it's all about the ends that line up tight to the line.

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I'm not one to boast about the kickers I suggested you give a shot for the home stretch and into the playoffs... But if my advice for the tight ends you could pick up is anything like the kickers I recommended you to pick up last week, you're probably going to win it all. You can take all the credit for your shrewd fantasy football acquisitions if you'd like, but eventually your restless nights will take their toll. After all, a guilty conscience needs no accuser as it sleeps in thunder. Excuse me, I think Macbeth has started to bleed over into my everyday life.

Anyways, here are a few tight ends you should look into acquiring for your upcoming playoff conquest.

Vance McDonald

The San Francisco tight end has turned in a couple of nice performances against Arizona and Seattle, two playoff quality teams with solid defenses. In the past two weeks, McDonald has become a favorite target of quarterback Blaine Gabbert, catching ten balls for 136 yards and two touchdowns in the two games since starting tight end Garrett Celek went down with a high ankle sprain. As long as Celek remains out, McDonald, owned in just 12.9 percent of ESPN leagues, appears to be the number one option at tight end and a fine replacement for those of you dealing with injuries at the position.

Richard Rodgers

Yeah, this one hurts. It pains me to even mention that he's a red zone target for the Packers' offense, but it is what it is. Now, he's obviously not available to start for your team in Week 13 since he's already played, but with match-ups ahead against both Dallas and Oakland in Week 14 and 15 respectively, Richard Rodgers could be the Packers most reliable option for the Rodgers who lines up under center. The percentage that Rodgers is owned in ESPN leagues is 47.9 percent, which might be just a smidgen higher than the percentage of probability that he caught that ball on Thursday. Excuse me as I douse myself in gasoline.

Kyle Rudolph

Seeing as Julius Thomas (77.7 percent) and Scott Chandler (76.7 percent) have been snatched up in the majority of leagues, the one last chance you have at nabbing a tight end that can yield some great production over the next few weeks is the Vikings' Kyle Rudolph. Considering the success Vance McDonald had against both Seattle and Arizona, Rudolph, who just so happens to be facing both of those defenses over the next two weeks, might experience similar production. The Vikings tight end has been on somewhat of a tear as of late, catching six passes for 106 yards and a touchdown against the Packers in Week 11 and catching seven passes for 53 yards against the Falcons in Week 12. Rudolph is most likely available in your leagues as he's owned by just 27.8 percent of ESPN fantasy football participants.