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)
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||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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