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Fantasy Football Week 16 Tight End Rankings

Fantasy Football Week 16 Tight End Rankings

The 2021-22 NFL season has only three weeks left. Bye weeks are over which means the fantasy playoffs have begun in most standard leagues. This time of year COVID-19 is running rampant which makes it important to have backup options on your fantasy roster. On top of that injuries are continuing to mount up. It is always a great idea to evaluate backup options so that way fantasy managers are prepared if star players miss time. Here are the Fantasy Football Week 16 tight end rankings.

*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)

Key:
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.
Category Name Opponent Ranking
Must Start Mark Andrews vs Cincinnati Bengals TE1
Must Start George Kittle vs Tennesee Titans TE2
 Must Start Travis Kelce* vs Pittsburgh Steelers TE3
Must Start Rob Gronkowski vs Carolina Panthers TE4
Starting TE1 Darren Waller vs Denver Broncos TE5
Starting TE1 Kyle Pitts vs Detroit Lions TE6
Starting TE1 Dallas Goedert vs New York Giants TE7
Starting TE1 Zach Ertz vs Indianapolis Colts TE8
Starting TE1 Mike Gesicki vs New Orleans Saints TE9
Starting TE1 Pat Freiermuth* vs Kansas City Chiefs TE10
TD Dependent Starter Dawson Knox vs New England Patriots TE11
TD Dependent Starter Dalton Schultz vs Washington Football Team TE12
TD Dependent Starter Tyler Higbee* vs Minnesota Vikings TE13
TD Dependent Starter Cole Kmet vs Seattle Seahawks TE14
TD Dependent Starter Hunter Henry vs Buffalo Bills TE15
TD Dependent Starter Noah Fant vs Las Vegas Raiders TE16
TD Dependent Starter C.J. Uzomah vs Baltimore Ravens TE17
TD Dependent Starter Jared Cook vs Houston Texans TE18
TD Dependent Starter Evan Engram vs Philadelphia Eagles TE19
Deep League Starter Tyler Conklin vs Los Angeles Rams TE20
Deep League Starter David Njoku* vs Green Bay Packers TE21
Deep League Starter Brevin Jordan vs Los Angeles Chargers TE22
Deep League Starter James O’Shaughnessy vs New York Jets TE23
Deep League Starter Gerald Everett vs Chicago Bears TE24
Leave on the Bench Austin Hooper vs Green Bay Packers TE25
Leave on the Bench Ricky Seals-Jones vs Dallas Cowboys TE26
Leave on the Bench Albert Okwuegbunam* vs Las Vegas Raiders TE27
Leave on the Bench Tyler Kroft vs Jacksonville Jaguars TE28
Leave on the Bench Adam Trautman* vs Miami Dolphins TE29
Leave on the Bench Marcedes Lewis vs Cleveland Browns TE30
Leave on the Bench John Bates vs Dallas Cowboys TE31
Leave on the Bench Jack Doyle vs Arizona Cardinals TE32
Leave on the Bench Cameron Brate vs Carolina Panthers TE33
Leave on the Bench Jonnu Smith vs Buffalo Bills TE34
Leave on the Bench Kyle Rudolph vs Philadelphia Eagles TE35

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

TE3 Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Travis Kelce was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. If Kelce was to miss this week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers then Noah Gray would join the list at TE24 between Gerald Everett and Austin Hooper.

TE10 Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers

Pat Friermuth has been dealing with a concussion. If he misses this week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs then Zach Gentry would slot in at TE30 between Marcedes Lewis and John Bates.

TE13 Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams

Tyler Higbee was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list last week. If Higbee misses this week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings then Kendall Blanton would slot in at TE33 between Cameron Brate and Jonnu Smith.

TE21 David Njoku, Cleveland Browns

David Njoku was limited in practice on Wednesday with a knee injury. If Njoku misses this week’s game against the Green Bay Packers then Austin Hooper would move up to TE19 between Jared Cook and Evan Engram. Harrison Bryant would become a potential DFS play this week.

TE27 Albert Okwuegbunam, Denver Broncos

Albert Okwuegbunam was limited in practice Wednesday with a knee injury. If he misses this week’s game against the Las Vegas Raider Noah Fant would be solidified into his TE16 slot.

TE29 Adam Trautman, New Orleans Saints

Adam Trautman was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. If Trautman misses this week’s game against the Miami Dolphins then Nick Vannett would take over his slot at TE29.

TE35 Kyle Rudolph, New York Giants

Kyle Rudolph was limited in practice Thursday with an ankle injury. If Rudolph doesn’t play this week then Evan Engram is solidified into his TE19 slot.

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