Karabell's first look at Week 12: TE position gets even tighter

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Unless Rob Gronkowski decides to come out of retirement and suit up for the New England Patriots this coming week -- and really, even if the future Hall of Famer does -- fantasy managers are going to find it difficult to fill the tight end position in Week 12.

After all, consider the following facts:

  • Travis Kelce, acknowledged by most as the top tight end in fantasy, will enjoy a Week 12 bye with his Kansas City Chiefs teammates, even as his fantasy investors grumble. The Los Angeles Chargers, who face the Chiefs in Week 11's Monday night clash in Mexico City, will also earn their bye week, taking with them Hunter Henry. The Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings will also be off. This is, by the way, the final week of byes -- just in time for the trade deadline in most fantasy leagues.