Here are my tight end rankings for Week 16 of the 2020 NFL Season.
*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*
(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)
Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They Will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starting TE1- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a solid floor.
TD Dependent Starter- a player who may not be a lock to start for a team every week, but will start more times than not because of depth at the position. Their production is based on whether they can get in the end zone or not. It can be the difference between a top 10 performance or top 25 performance
Deep League Starter- a player whose ceiling isn’t high but should put up enough production to be started in deep leagues. When a player like this is started it is because their production though it will likely be low, will be better than a few options.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
|Must Start||Travis Kelce||vs Atlanta Falcons||TE1|
|Must Start||Darren Waller||vs Miami Dolphins||TE2|
|Must Start||George Kittle||vs Arizona Cardinals||TE3|
|Must Start||T.J. Hockenson||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||TE4|
|Starting TE1||Logan Thomas||vs Carolina Panthers||TE5|
|Starting TE1||Mark Andrews||vs New York Giants||TE6|
|Starting TE1||Noah Fant||vs Los Angeles Chargers||TE7|
|Starting TE1||Mike Gesicki*||vs Las Vegas Raiders||TE8|
|Starting TE1||Evan Engram||vs Baltimore Ravens||TE9|
|Starting TE1||Dallas Goedert||vs Dallas Cowboys||TE10|
|TD Dependent Starter||Robert Tonyan||vs Tennessee Titans||TE11|
|TD Dependent Starter||Austin Hooper||vs New York Jets||TE12|
|TD Dependent Starter||Dalton Schultz||vs Philadelphia Eagles||TE13|
|TD Dependent Starter||Hayden Hurst||vs Kansas City Chiefs||TE14|
|TD Dependent Starter||Rob Gronkowski||vs Detroit Lions||TE15|
|TD Dependent Starter||Zach Ertz||vs Dallas Cowboys||TE16|
|TD Dependent Starter||Tyler Higbee||vs Seattle Seahawks||TE17|
|TD Dependent Starter||Irv Smith Jr.||New Orleans Saints||23.3 points|
|Deep League Starter||Jordan Akins||vs Cincinatti Bengals||TE19|
|Deep League Starter||Cole Kmet||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||TE20|
|Deep League Starter||Jonnu Smith||vs Green Bay Packers||TE21|
|Deep League Starter||Eric Ebron*||vs Indianapolis Colts||TE22|
|Deep League Starter||Jared Cook||vs Minnesota Vikings||11.2 points|
|Leave on the Bench||Jimmy Graham||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||TE24|
|Leave on the Bench||Dawson Knox||vs New England Patriots||TE25|
|Leave on the Bench||Tyler Eifert||vs Chicago Bears||TE26|
|Leave on the Bench||Donald Parham Jr.||vs Denver Broncos||TE27|
|Leave on the Bench||Dan Arnold||vs San Fransisco 49ers||TE28|
|Leave on the Bench||Trey Burton||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||TE29|
|Leave on the Bench||Tyler Conklin||vs New Orleans Saints||7.1 points|
|Leave on the Bench||Drew Sample||vs Houston Texans||TE31|
|Leave on the Bench||Jordan Reed||vs Arizona Cardinals||TE32|
|Leave on the Bench||Gerald Everett||vs Seattle Seahawks||TE33|
|Leave on the Bench||Durham Smythe||vs Las Vegas Raiders||TE34|
|Leave on the Bench||Cameron Brate||vs Detroit Lions||TE35|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
TE8 Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins
Mike Gesicki missed last week because of a shoulder injury. If Geisicki misses Durham Smythe will become the Dolphins’ primary pass-catching tight end and will become TE21 between Cole Kmet and Jonnu Smith.
TE22 Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers
Early in last week’s game Eric Ebron hurt his back and could potentially miss this week’s game. If that was the case Vance McDonald would get onto the fantasy radar but is not a great fantasy option in a tough matchup against the Colts.