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Chris Thomas’ Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings for Week 16

Logan Thomas
This year more than ever it has been difficult to make decisions about fantasy football lineups because of injuries, byes, and Covid-19 concerns. This week is championship week. Owners may have two tight ends on their roster that they have been flipping between all season. Deciding between the two could be the difference between winning and losing.

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 StartTravis Kelcevs Atlanta FalconsTE1
Must StartDarren Wallervs Miami DolphinsTE2
Must StartGeorge Kittlevs Arizona CardinalsTE3
Must StartT.J. Hockensonvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersTE4
Starting TE1Logan Thomasvs Carolina PanthersTE5
Starting TE1Mark Andrewsvs New York GiantsTE6
Starting TE1Noah Fantvs Los Angeles ChargersTE7
Starting TE1Mike Gesicki*vs Las Vegas RaidersTE8
Starting TE1Evan Engramvs Baltimore RavensTE9
Starting TE1Dallas Goedertvs Dallas CowboysTE10
TD Dependent StarterRobert Tonyanvs Tennessee TitansTE11
TD Dependent StarterAustin Hoopervs New York JetsTE12
TD Dependent StarterDalton Schultzvs Philadelphia EaglesTE13
TD Dependent StarterHayden Hurstvs Kansas City ChiefsTE14
TD Dependent StarterRob Gronkowskivs Detroit LionsTE15
TD Dependent StarterZach Ertzvs Dallas CowboysTE16
TD Dependent StarterTyler Higbeevs Seattle SeahawksTE17
TD Dependent StarterIrv Smith Jr.New Orleans Saints23.3 points
Deep League StarterJordan Akinsvs Cincinatti BengalsTE19
Deep League StarterCole Kmetvs Jacksonville JaguarsTE20
Deep League StarterJonnu Smithvs Green Bay PackersTE21
Deep League StarterEric Ebron*vs Indianapolis ColtsTE22
Deep League StarterJared Cookvs Minnesota Vikings11.2 points
Leave on the BenchJimmy Grahamvs Jacksonville JaguarsTE24
Leave on the BenchDawson Knoxvs New England PatriotsTE25
Leave on the BenchTyler Eifertvs Chicago BearsTE26
Leave on the BenchDonald Parham Jr.vs Denver BroncosTE27
Leave on the BenchDan Arnoldvs San Fransisco 49ersTE28
Leave on the BenchTrey Burtonvs Pittsburgh SteelersTE29
Leave on the BenchTyler Conklinvs New Orleans Saints7.1 points
Leave on the BenchDrew Samplevs Houston TexansTE31
Leave on the BenchJordan Reedvs Arizona CardinalsTE32
Leave on the BenchGerald Everettvs Seattle SeahawksTE33
Leave on the BenchDurham Smythevs Las Vegas RaidersTE34
Leave on the BenchCameron Bratevs Detroit LionsTE35

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.

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