Vance McDonald Fantasy Outlook Makes Him a Top Tight End for Week 14 Thanks to Matchup With Cardinals

Jason Schandl
Vance McDonald spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Seahawks.
Vance McDonald spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Seahawks. / Justin Berl/Getty Images

As has been the case all season, any starting tight end going up against the Arizona Cardinals makes for one of the best fantasy plays at the position.

For Week 14, that honor is bestowed upon Vance McDonald, who also gets a potential fantasy boost with JuJu Smith-Schuster likely out as well

It's hard to overstate just how generous the Cards have been to the tight end position this season. They have as many instances of allowing a tight end to finish as one of the position's top-2 scorers as not, and they've only held opponents to outside of the top 12 twice.

They're allowing 5.1 more PPR fantasy points per game to the position than any other team is, and for context that is the same size as the gap between the teams allowing the second-most (16.1) and the 21st-most (11.0).

McDonald hasn't had much of a fantasy season, checking in 25th at the position with 74.4 PPR fantasy points. He's seen reasonable volume in recent weeks though, recording seven targets three times in the last five games, and with the Pittsburgh Steelers missing their top WR in a TE-friendly matchup, he can be expected to see similar volume this week. And of course, with the Cardinals' inability to stop anyone at the position, he shouldn't have any trouble turning that kind of volume into strong production.

McDonald has only really turned in two good fantasy performances this season, scoring 22.8 PPR points in Week 2 and 14.0 in Week 9. With his favorable volume and incredible matchup, you can count on him as a great option for the first week of the fantasy playoffs anyway. Our Week 14 PPR fantasy football rankings have him sitting sixth at the position.

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