Week 16 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings (PPR): George Kittle could make a return next week
Last week, Darren Waller led all fantasy points for tight ends with 30 fantasy points from 9 catches, 150 yards, and one touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers. Logan Thomas took the second spot with 23.01 points from 13 catches for 101 yards. Travis Kelce, the leader in fantasy points for tight ends by nearly 55 points, took the third-place spot with 22.8 fantasy points from an 8-68-1 line with an extra two-point conversion. It’s championship week for fantasy players and it is imperative to set the right lineup. Check out the tight end fanasty football rankings below.
|Rank||Name||Average Points||Projected Points||Week 16 Opponent|
|7||Evan Engram||8.8||9.75||@ BAL|
|9||Rob Gronkowski||8.9||9.15||@ DET|
|10||Dallas Goedert||11||10.15||@ DAL|
|12||Zach Ertz||7.4||8.55||@ DAL|
|13||Noah Fant||9.9||8.7||@ LAC|
|14||Jonnu Smith||10.5||8.25||@ GB|
|15||Richard Rodgers||6.4||8.55||@ DAL|
|16||Hayden Hurst||8.6||8.15||@ KC|
|17||Jordan Reed||8.1||7.9||@ ARI|
|18||Irv Smith Jr.||6.4||7.75||@ NO|
|19||Tyler Higbee||8,8||7.7||@ SEA|
Tier One Tight Ends
Travis Kelce brought the house down again snagging the third-place spot in fanasty tight end standings. He put up an 8-68-1 line against the New Orleans Saints for 22.8 fantasy points. He continues to be the most dominant and productive tight end in fantasy football this season with nearly 290 total fantasy points. He will have a great matchup next week against the Atlanta Falcons, who have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season.
Darren Waller put up a phenomenal week against the Los Angeles Chargers in their overtime loss to them. This is his third time leading the tight end standings and he put up 30 points on the Chargers and led his team in receiving. He will see a tougher matchup against the Miami Dolphins next week, who have allowed the fifth least amount of fantasy points to tight ends this season. But, as the leader of this receiving core, he should make due against them.
Mark Andrews put up a 5-66-1 line against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. He had the fifth-most fantasy points on the week for tight ends with 17.6 fantasy points to earn him the fifth spot in the tight end standings. Andrews will have a difficult matchup next week against the New York Giants, who have allowed the ninth least fantasy points to tight ends this season.
T.J Hockenson had his worst week for fantasy football last week with 1.8 fantasy points against the Tennessee Titans. He recorded 1.8 fantasy points from two catches for 18 yards and a fumble in the game. He should bounce back next week, in hopes that Matthew Stafford can play after reinjuring his ribs last game. He will have a tough matchup against Tampa Bay next week, but he might be the key to the Lions’ success considering they have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to tight ends this year.
Logan Thomas had an outstanding week in fantasy last weekend against the Seattle Seahawks in a close loss. His role is vital in keeping Washington in the lead in the NFC East to get them to the playoffs. Last week, he put up 13 catches for 101 yards without a touchdown for 23.01 fantasy points. His targets are impressive and worthy of noting because Dwayne Haskins delivered them last week instead of Alex Smith. Logan Thoams will take on the Carolina Panthers next week, who have allowed the 12th most fantasy points to tight ends this season.
Eric Ebron was removed from Monday night’s contest after taking a big hit to his back after just 10 offensive snaps. Eric Ebron did not record any catches last week, but he has seen three weeks in his last four games with double-digit points for fantasy. The Indianapolis Colts have a very strong back 7 to help them, but Ebron is worth the start for fantasy.
Evan Engram has had a tough few weeks without Daniel Jones in the lineup. He has not seen a touchdown since week 9 against the Washington Football Team. His targets have declined since the entrance of Colt McCoy, but the hope is that Daniel Jones can play next weekend. He should be back in the top ten fantasy standings next week. The Ravens are above average with covering tight ends, but they allow the fifth least amount of points to wide receivers, making Engram a bigger part of the Giants strive for the playoffs.
Dawson Knox saw a great performance last week against the Denver Broncos in a big win with two catches for 36 yards and one touchdown to put him 11th in scoring for tight ends. However, his lack of targets is justified with the strong receiving core that the Bills’ have. His worth is based on whether or not he can get into the endzone and is not worth playing. Especially against the New England Patriots next week, who have allowed the third least amount of fantasy points, I would not start him.
Jonnu Smith has been inconsistent most of the year in fantasy football. Last week, he put up 10.2 fantasy points over the Detroit Lions but saw two weeks with a combined 4.3 fantasy points between that time. He is on and off each week of fantasy, but with championship week ahead I would not take him as a starter considering his risk. He will be taking on the Green Bay Packers, who have allowed the seventh least fantasy points to tight ends this season.
Tight End Streamers
George Kittle could make a potential return to football in week 16 against the Arizona Cardinals, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan. He is owned in 77.6% of fantasy leagues on ESPN at the moment, but we know if he was healthy he would be near 100% of leagues owned. If you can grab him in your fantasy league, take him either to start him or someone else does not. The last time George Kittle returned from injury earlier this season, he put up 15 catches for 183 yards and one touchdown against the Eagles. The 49ers could certainly use him, and so could your team.
Jordan Akins has averaged just 6.7 points per game this season in fantasy but has seen some solid weeks. Last week, he caught the ball five times for 50 yards to see 10 fantasy points, which is only his fourth-highest score of the year. Akins and the Texans will be facing off against the Cincinnati Bengals next week, who have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Akins could take advantage, and he is only owned in 5% of ESPN fantasy leagues at the moment.
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