Evan Engram and Austin Hooper remain the top loss-makers in Week 14 and fantasy playoffs. Further below tight end rankings, the possible return of Gerald Everett and David Njoku from injury could tighten things up. We have the latest news on these four TE’s below.
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WEEK 14 MULTIPLE KIDS:
Quarterback | Running back Wide receiver Tight end D / ST | Kicker
Evan Engram has been injured
Engram (foot) hasn’t been playing or practicing since being injured in Week 9. In his absence (along with Rhett Ellison’s absence from erosion), freshman Kaden Smith received 11 total passes in the last two weeks.
With the Giants not playing until Monday night, Smith is rather an insurance policy for Engram owners (or Dallas Goedert on the other side of the race, if available). Engram’s practice on Friday and Saturday will be clearer about his chances of playing on Monday night.
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News of Austin Hooper’s injuries
Hooper (knee) returned to practice Monday, and Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said it was a “good start.” After losing his last three games with injury, Hooper will have the opportunity to play Sunday against the Panthers.
Hooper’s return puts him right behind the top 10 TEs, as a must-start with fantasy play-offs to begin with. If he’s out on the practice field all week, there’s nothing to worry about with the veteran tight end.
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Gerald Everett’s injury, Tyler Higbee’s perspective
Everett suffered knee and wrist injuries in weeks 11 and 12, possibly part of the reason Higbee appeared to be missing the starting job. Then, a knee injury kept Everett out for Week 13 against the Cardinals, and Higbee exploded for all of his 107 yards in the first half. Rams head coach Sean Manvette said on Monday that Everett is daily.
A lot of Higbee’s production could probably go as far as the Arizona matchup. Week 14 Seattle’s opponent doesn’t defend the tight end well, but it’s not nearly as bad as Arizona’s. Higbee is out of our original tight ends this week but in the top-20, so it’s in the game if you’re desperate. An Everett return will only conceal the waters and not even make it to the desired choices.
When does David Njoku come from IR?
Njoku (before wrist) said before Week 13 that he was ready to go, but the Browns didn’t turn him on by IR. Assuming things are not going in the wrong direction, you think Njoku will be activated for a 14 week matchup with the Bengals.
Cleveland plays Arizona in Week 15, making Njoku a great addition and a pleasure for the moment, even if he misses Week 14 yet. And if he plays against the Bengals, he is a fantastic frontier starter, with most of the risk coming from not knowing if he will be directly involved in the offense.