This was expected, but still worth noting as McDonald is expected to be the starting tight end in one of the most potent passing attacks in the NFL. The news thursts Jesse James into consideration as a streaming option against the Browns, who are our 32nd ranked defenses against tight ends. James should slot in as a TE2 in our rankings.
PIT TE Vance McDonald - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Vance McDonald had just one reception last week, but it went for a 49-yard gain. He also was targeted in the end zone with another pass, so it could have been a pretty productive week. Now, he faces a Cincinnati defense that has given up 10 TD catches to the tight end position this season. And he had seven receptions for 68 yards in their earlier meeting. McDonald should be a borderline TE1 play this week.