Last week, Travis Kelce continued his dominance in fantasy after a bye week with an 8-127-1 line for a week leading 26.86 fantasy points. Robert Tonyan made his way back into the top 10 of standings since week eight, which was the same occurrence for Dalton Schultz. T.J Hockenson had a tough week and is now dealing with an injury that has left him questionable for next week. Check out the fantasy football tight end rankings for week 12 of the NFL below. There are only two more weeks of regular season play for fantasy football!
|Week 12 Opponent
|Week 12 Projection
|Irv Smith Jr.
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Travis Kelce continues to be the most dominant and valuable tight end in the league. He is only now 16 yards away from being the league’s leading receiver behind Deandre Hopkins. His value is on a different level and will continue to be against the tough Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday. H is averaging 19.6 points this season and he took the first place spot in standings last week with a 26.86 point game against the Las Vegas Raiders. He is projected 18.5 next week.
Darren Waller continued his success in his usual second-place spot behind Travis Kelce last week against the Chiefs. He ended with a 7-88-1 line for 21.8 fantasy points on the day. That outing was his second-highest of the season attributing to his 14 point average on the season. Next week the Raiders will take on the Atlanta Falcons, who have allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Waller has projected a reasonable 14.5 point game next week.
Mark Andrews has been on a roll in fantasy over the last two weeks combining for 33.7 fantasy points over the last two weeks. He was on a three-game streak of below 10 fantasy points and has broken out of it as Baltimore’s main receiver. Baltimore will have a tough task against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving Day, but Andrews will need to be present to capture a redemption win. Last time, however, he only had 6.2 fantasy points against them. He is projected for 10.55 this time around.
T.J Hockenson has had a tough two-game stretch with 10.8 points last week and 3.3 the week before. However, with Golladay still out with injury, I consider him to be one of Stafford’s main targets going forward. He has been listed as questionable with a shoulder injury, but he has already practiced twice this week so far in a limited fashion. He should be ready to go on Thanksgiving Day against the Houston Texans as he has projected 11.3 fantasy points.
Hunter Henry has had a phenomenal last two weeks combining for 27.9 fantasy points and ranking in the top ten in each week of standings. Before those two weeks, he had not had a week over 10 fantasy points in four weeks. Henry, also in the past two weeks, has been in the endzone in each of those weeks. The Chargers are going up against the Buffalo Bills next weekend, who have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Henry is projected for 9.7 fantasy points in that game.
Austin Hooper has not seen a fantasy week over 10 points since week six against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was injured for a bit, but since his return, he has only posted a total of 8.4 fantasy points in two weeks total. However, he should be due for a comeback next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Hooper has rightfully projected 8.6 fantasy points and should be around the top ten in standings.
Irv Smith Jr. has been injured one week, and only post 4.3 fantasy points last week over the Vikings’ loss to the Dallas Cowboys. However, before his injury, he had three weeks over 10 points, including a week where he saw two trips to the endzone. With Adam Thielen possibly not playing this week due to COVID-19, Irv may see more targets and more fantasy points. The Panthers have allowed 8.4 fantasy points per game to tight ends this season, giving Irv Smith a solid shot at making something happen for fantasy owners.
Jonnu Smith has had two games over the last three weeks with a touchdown and over 10 fantasy points. However, next week Smith and the Titans will take on the Indianapolis Colts, who have allowed the third least amount of fantasy points to tight ends this season. The last time Jonnu Smith took on the Colts, two weeks ago, he was held to two catches for 14 yards but was bailed out with a rushing touchdown. If Jonnu cannot get into the endzone, he may have a rougher looking fantasy week next week.
Jimmy Graham has had an inconsistent five weeks of fantasy football with only one 17.5 point game against Tennessee two weeks ago. Graham failed to catch a pass last week against Minnesota in a difficult outing for the Bears and Graham. After a bye week last week, Jimmy Graham will be taking on his former team, the Green Bay Packers, who have allowed the sixth least amount of fantasy points to tight ends. Considering the matchup and the Bears’ offense, Graham may not be the best fantasy option.
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Richard Rodgers has been putting up great numbers alongside Dallas Goedert on Philadelphia. In his last four games, he has three performances over 10 points. His value is very high at the moment and Seattle’s secondary has been struggling. Rodgers is only owned in 8.9% of ESPN fantasy leagues at the moment. Rodgers should be in or near the top 15 for fantasy points for teams that need a tight end for next week.
Dalton Schultz has floated through the top 10 multiple times this season for the Cowboys, and the return of Andy Dalton has really benefitted him last week, with a 4-25-1 line for 12.5 fantasy points. He averages 9.6 per game and is only owned in 34.3% of ESPN fantasy leagues. Next week, the Cowboys play Washington in an important divisional matchup. The Washington Football Team has allowed the 11th most fantasy points to tight ends this season, so Schultz should thrive.
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