Monday, August 15

Fantasy TE Rankings Week 16: Who to start with, sit as a tight end in fantasy football

We hope you’ve made it this far in the fantasy football playoffs, and if you’re reading this, you probably have. However, we’re not going to go crazy with our Week 16 fantasy TE rankings. As always, the studs remain locked at the top and the quality of the matchup dictates the order in the middle of the rankings. We’re nearing the end of the season, so it’s pretty clear which tight ends need to be considered each week. That is not to say that they cannot fail, but we have to trust the data we have, and then hope that all TEs are active.

First, let’s take a moment to welcome the Travis Kelce we all know and love after his monstrous performance against the Chargers. That was the best matchup any TE can get, and it crashed. That being said, we are not ready to say that you are locked into the TE1 spot every week, as you will see in the rankings. TJ Hockenson (hand) is out for a year, but we could finally get Darren Waller (against the Broncos) back from his knee injury this week. Stay tuned for updates.

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | D / ST | Kicker

This week, there are many players that attract the real interest of fantasy owners who need a streamer. Cole Kmet (@ Seahawks), CJ Uzomah (vs. Ravens), James O’Shaughnessy (@ Jets), Evan Engram (@ Eagles) and Jared Cook (@ Texans) are all in the start or sit bubble and have favorable matchups. Our rankings will indicate which ones we like the best, but obviously floors and perks vary between all of these players.

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Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

If you’re looking for the biggest possible edge, Uzomah is the clear choice as it’s the only one on this list that has multiple TE1 endings overall, but it might as well have the lowest floor. In standard leagues, there are rarely high floors between streamers, but O’Shaughnessy is likely to get the most guaranteed goals. Engram has the best matchup possible, but we know it’s a risky game at the moment given their inability to take advantage of several favorable matchups throughout the season. Noah Fant (@ Raiders) has a property too large to be considered a streamer, but he is another unreliable TE in a great place this week. Even his Broncos teammate TE Albert Okwuegbunam (@ Raiders) is a potential sleeper.

On the other side of the start or sit bubble, Tyler Higbee (@ Vikings), Tyler Conklin (vs. Rams), David Njoku and Austin Hooper (@ Packers), and Gerald Everett (vs. Bears) appear to be in tough spots this week. They are all worth mentioning as they have had productive outings this season, but the matchups carry a lot of weight in determining the fantasy prospects for this group. It’s also worth noting that Ricky Seals-Jones (@ Cowboys) has essentially lost our interest unless he has a good game against the Eagles on Tuesday. However, it should be a better play in PPR than in standard.

We are in a strange place right now as anyone can end up on the reserve / COVID list at any time. If you own George Kittle, Kelce, or Rob Gronkowski, you should keep an eye out for streamers in case your guy is unexpectedly inactive at the end of the week. It’s unfortunate that all of this comes in the fantasy playoffs, but the most prepared fantasy owners will be ready to deal with the blows. We hope you will see our rankings from week 17 again, as most of the leagues start the championship round.

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Note: We’ll update these TE rankings throughout the week, so check back for the latest player movement and analysis.

Fantasy TE Rankings Week 16: Who to start with as a tight end

Classifications based on standard, not PPR punctuation

Rank Player
one Mark Andrews, BAL @ CIN
two George Kittle, SF @ TEN
3 Travis Kelce, KC vs. PIT
4 Darren Waller, LV vs. DEN
5 Rob Gronkowski, TB @ CAR
6 Mike Gesicki, MIA @ NO
7 Zach Ertz, ARI @ IND
8 Dallas Goedert, PHI v. NYG
9 Kyle Pitts, ATL vs. THE
10 Noah Fant, DEN @ LV
eleven Dawson Knox, BUF @ NE
12 Hunter Henry, NE vs. BUF
13 Dalton Schultz, DAL vs. WAS
14 James O’Shaughnessy, JAX @ NYJ
fifteen Cole Kmet, CHI @ SEA
sixteen CJ Uzomah, CIN vs. BAL
17 Evan Engram, NYG @ PHI
18 Jared Cook, LAC @ HOU
19 Tyler Higbee, LAR @ MIN
twenty Albert Okwuegbunam, DEN @ LV
twenty-one Ricky Seals-Jones, FUE @ DAL
22 Tyler Conklin, MIN vs. LAR
23 David Njoku, CLE @ GB
24 Austin Hooper, CLE @ GB
25 Josiah Deguara, GB vs. CLE
26 Gerald Everett, SEA v. CHI
27 Ryan Griffin, NYJ vs. JAX
28 Jonnu Smith, NE vs. BUF
29 Juwan Johnson, NOT against MIA
30 Jack Doyle, IND @ ARI
31 Tommy Tremble, CAR vs. TB
32 Mo Alie-Cox, IND @ ARI
33 Zach Gentry, PIT @ KC

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