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For week 16 there are some fantastic matchups to look forward to this week. Besides the obvious starters that should be started no matter what including Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, Darren Waller, Austin Hooper, and George Kittle, you will find must start tight ends this week. Then you will find tight-ends to sit this week who may face a plus matchup or could be falling in favor within their offense. With week 16 being what should be your fantasy leagues championship round this is the most important week of the fantasy season. Tight end is one of the hardest positions to predict without a plus matchup or a consistent offensive usage. All statistics used in this article can be found on our website https://www.lineups.com/nfl.
TE Hunter Henry vs Oakland Raiders – 9.3 points – 96.0% Rostered
Hunter Henry has recently fallen out of fantasy graces for his owners. Scoring 2 points or less in 2 of the past 3 games this season. Henry has also failed to top 39 yards since his bye week in week 12. This may cause Henry owners to feel urged to sit Hunter Henry. However with the matchup he will be facing in week 16 against the Oakland Raiders who rank 30th against opposing fantasy tight ends. Currently ranking as the 8th best fantasy tight end on the season. Hunter Henry has seen season low amounts of targets over the past 3 weeks against tough defenses including the Vikings, Broncos, and Jacksonville. Henry is still a key piece of this Chargers offense and will have positive regression in targets and receptions this week against a familiar opponent in a plus matchup.
O.J. Howard vs Houston Texans – 8.9 points – 55.5% Rostered
O.J. Howard coming into this season was touted as one of the best tight-ends in football ready to explode onto the fantasy scene. However, this was not the case in Bruce Arians new Buccaneers offense. However O.J. Howard has seen an uptick in targets in the past 3 weeks. Averaging 6 targets per game over the past 3 games. Howard will continue seeing an even larger target share due to Chris Godiwn going down with a hamstring injury. A key piece to this Bucs offense, the Bucs will also be missing Mike Evans to injury for the rest of the season. The Buccaneers are running out of receiver options in this offense quickly. Last week Howard caught 4 of 7 targets for 46 yards against the Detroit Lions in week 15. Going forward without Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, the Buccaneers will face the Houston Texans in week 16. The Texans ranks 25th against opposing tight ends. Providing Howard with a juicy matchup with an increase in his offensive involvement makes for a recipe of success. Coming just in time for the fantasy championship we may just finally see the O.J. Howard a lot of managers drafted early in the fantasy draft.
Jacob Hollister vs Arizona Cardinals – 8.5 points – 46.1% Rostered
In the beginning of the season Will Dissly was the fantasy darling of the tight end position. Coming out of seemingly nowhere, Dissly unfortunately went down earlier in the season with a season ending injury. Since then, the Seahawks have been trying to fill the hole left by Dissly. Jacob Hollister began filling that hole in week 9 and 10 but started to fall off after their teams bye. However Hollisters involvement in the offense did not disappear. Over the past 5 games Hollister has seen over 6 targets per game. Still a steady piece of the Seahawks offense. The Seahawks will face the Arizona Cardinals in week 16, ranking dead last against opposing fantasy tight ends. The Arizona Cardinals jst about refuse to defend opposing tight ends. In week 4 against the Cardinals, Will Dissly saw 8 targets, catching 7 for 56 yards and a touchdown totaling 15.2 fantasy points. Currently available in over 50% of fantasy leagues right now, if you need a tight end that has massive potential this week Jacob Hollister would be a great pick up and play.
Jack Doyle vs Carolina Panthers – 6.6 points – 63.8% Rostered
Doyle was looking like a possible league winner at the tight end position once Eric Ebron went onto the IR. However, Doyle has failed to do much with the more consistent offensive involvement. Averaging over 7 targets per game since Ebron was put on IR. Doyle has caught just 4 passes over the past 2 weeks. The Colts offense will face off against the Carolina Panthers who rank 3rd against opposing fantasy tight ends this season. The weakness of the Panthers that the Colts will be exposing their rush defense and pass the ball less to give Brisset more of a crutch after a rough performance. Jack Doyle will be better off left on your bench this week against the Carolina Panthers.
Jason Witten vs Philadelphia Eagles – 7.5 points – 57.0% Rostered
The NFL verteran currently ranks as the 9th best fantasy tight end in football this season with 2 solid weeks within the past 3 games. Witten has failed to do a lot with his target share in the Cowboys offense. Facing the Philadelphia Eagles in week 16 who rank 4th best team against fantasy tight ends. Recent reports are showing that Dak Prescott has a somewhat serious shoulder injury that caused his to be a limited participant so far this week, his first time in his NFL career. Reports have surfaced from the Cowboys organization saying that Dak’s shoulder injury was serious enough that he would not throw the RPO option no matter what the read actually was. This could explain why Dak only threw the ball 23 times in week 16 against the Rams. With Dak’s throwing volume decreasing and Jason Witten facing one of the toughest positional matchups in the NFL. Jason Witten should be benched this week or possibly dropped for one of the add players.
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