The 2022-23 NFL season has already been extremely entertaining. There are no byes this week because six teams are playing on Thanksgiving. Injuries have started to mount up at this point of the season, so 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 12 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 a 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 Los Angeles Rams||TE1|
|Must Start||Mark Andrews*||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||TE2|
|Starting TE1||T.J. Hockenson||vs New England Patriots||TE3|
|Starting TE1||Pat Freiermuth||vs Indianapolis Colts||TE4|
|Starting TE1||Tyler Higbee||vs Kansas City Chiefs||TE5|
|Starting TE1||David Njoku||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||TE6|
|Starting TE1||George Kittle||vs New Orleans Saints||TE7|
|Starting TE1||Dalton Schultz||vs New York Giants||TE8|
|Starting TE1||Gerald Everett||vs Arizona Cardinals||TE9|
|TD Dependent Starter||Dawson Knox||vs Detroit Lions||TE10|
|TD Dependent Starter||Foster Moreau||vs Seattle Seahawks||TE11|
|TD Dependent Starter||Cole Kmet||vs New York Jets||TE12|
|TD Dependent Starter||Hayden Hurst||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||TE13|
|TD Dependent Starter||Juwan Johnson||vs San Francisco 49ers||TE14|
|TD Dependent Starter||Logan Thomas||vs Atlanta Falcons||TE15|
|TD Dependent Starter||Greg Dulcich||vs Carolina Panthers||TE16|
|TD Dependent Starter||Noah Fant||vs Las Vegas Raiders||TE17|
|Deep League Starter||Evan Engram||vs Baltimore Ravens||TE18|
|Deep League Starter||Tyler Conklin||vs Chicago Bears||TE19|
|Deep League Starter||Mike Gesicki||vs Houston Texans||TE20|
|Deep League Starter||Austin Hooper||vs Cincinnati Bengals||TE21|
|Deep League Starter||Trey McBride||vs Los Angeles Chargers||TE22|
|Leave on the Bench||Jonnu Smith||vs Minnesota Vikings||TE23|
|Leave on the Bench||Cade Otton||vs Cleveland Browns||TE24|
|Leave on the Bench||Robert Tonyan||vs Philadelphia Eagles||TE25|
|Leave on the Bench||Will Dissly||vs Las Vegas Raiders||TE26|
|Leave on the Bench||Taysom Hill||vs San Francisco 49ers||TE27|
|Leave on the Bench||Cameron Brate||vs Cleveland Browns||TE28|
|Leave on the Bench||Isaiah Likely||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||TE29|
|Leave on the Bench||Noah Gray||vs Los Angeles Rams||TE30|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
TE9 Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Chargers
Gerald Everett missed last week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a groin injury. If Everett was to miss this week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals Tre’ McKitty would become the TE22 between Trey McBride and Jonnu Smith.