David Djuku officially took the title of the most frustrating fantasy football in 2019 away from Chris Herndon. Week 15 is supposed to be Njoku’s chance to confirm that he is a rising star. The TE-friendly Cardinals matchup was an opportunity to push owners into their fantasy football leagues. Instead, Njoku was a healthy zero – in a late afternoon game, no less. There’s basically no way you can figure it out for Week 16 right now, making a totally lost season of it. At least Week 16 Fantastic TE rankings you don’t have to worry about Jacob Hollister being a healthy zero against the Cardinals (we believe).
On the bright side for those of you relying on Hollister this week, Arizona has been cooking again from a tight end in Week 15, just not Njoku. It was Ricky Seals-Jones in a revenge game scoring twice, so Hollister is our favorite TE matchup for the Championship fantasy week.
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There is also a rapidly growing O.J. Howard promoted his name to limit values for fantastic title games after targeting eight times on Sunday. With the Buccaneers losing all three to Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller due to injuries, one would expect Howard to get almost a goal by week 16 by default in a friendly matchup with Houston in a potential shootout.
Aside from these kids, you can actually play it from the book this week. Play the stud TEs that you know will have volume and have reached this far. Hollister is above some of these stars in our ranking, but if you don’t feel the urge to leave a guy like Zach Ertz or Austin Hooper, that’s fine – we can’t really blame you.
Also, note that we have left Evan Engram out of the standings for now as his leg injury continues to keep him out of action. If he plays against the Redskins, he is also the first choice. Those of you still hoping to start Engram should probably look elsewhere. We’ve also put Greg Olsen behind with the assumption that he’ll do it behind the concussion, but if he doesn’t, his backup Ian Thomas would break right for the same spot.
Note: These ratings will be updated throughout the week, so check back one last time.
Week 16 Fantasy Classes TE
These rankings are for standard leagues other than PPR
Travis Kelce, KC @ CHI. If you have Kelce, enjoy the potential of Sunday’s hammer this year’s football game.
George Kittle, SF vs. LAR. This man is ridiculous, and if the 49ers force him to feed him again as they did in Week 15, you may be looking for a fantasy league.
Jacob Hollister, SEA vs. ARZ. The Cardinals allowed 46 more unbeaten points at tight ends this season than Travis Kels scored. They literally turn TE to the top choice in the post as a collective. Hollister deserves this ranking, especially since even Ricky Seals-Jones got two results against Arizona in Week 15.
Hunter Henry, LAC vs. OAK. Henry will have to bounce back from a disappointing Week 15 against a defense that allowed the fantasy seconds to tighten in 2019.
Zach Ertz, PHI vs. DAL
Austin Hooper, ATL vs. JAX
Mark Andrews, BAL @ CLE
Jared Cook, NO @ NO. Cook’s concussion became a non-issue long before Monday night of Week 15, so you should not worry about this headline in a Week 16 Matchup that has Cook at TE1 level.
Darren Waller, OAK @ LAC
Greg Olsen, CAR @ IND. Olsen will have to come back from concussion to play in this game, and if he does, you can consider him a back-end starter. Ian Thomas is dating right here if Olsen is held again.
O.J. Howard, TB vs. HOU. Howard had been targeted eight times in Week 15 and the Buccaneers would likely be without Mike Evans and Chris Godwin in Week 16, which should look good for a preseason top-five TE repeat.
Kyle Rudolph, MIN vs GB. Adam Thielen’s return meant only three goals for Rudolph (though he changed them to 48 meters). Playing Rudolph at this stage depends on the time he plays to turn it into a touchdown.
Tyler Higbee, LAR @ SF. San Francisco allowed tight end points this season, though the ‘Niners allowed almost a slow fall to Austin Hooper in Week 15. Higbee would expect Higbee to see a similar share of what he gets, but production is likely to fall. a little against a strong defense.
Dallas Goedert, PHI vs. DAL. Goedert caught another five catches for 55 eggs on Sunday, and continues to be useful even as the No. 2 tight end in Philadelphia behind Zach Ertz.
Jack Doyle, IND vs. CAR
Mike Gesicki, MIA vs. CIN. If you’ve stuck so far below the rankings, Gesicki may have the best touchdown chances for any of these rans. The Dolphins should actually be favored in this game, and Ryan Fitzpatrick likes to throw Gesicki down in the end zone.
Jonnu Smith, TEN vs. NO. Smith showed his talent with five catches and a 57-yard run on Sunday. Now we just have to count on the Titans to give him the ball often again. At least we know he can take the opportunity to have a solid game if given the chance.
Noah Fant, DEN vs. DET
Jason Witten, DAL @ PHI
Darren Fields, HOU @ TB. This is a great matchup for tight ends on paper, except that it’s hard to say which Fells or Jordan Akins will benefit. Maybe Fells might find his magic touchdown once again.
Jordan Akins, HOU @ TB
Kaden Smith, NYG @ WAS. Smith could put up decent numbers against a bad Washington team if Evan Egram is out again – if Hamburg plays, he will have some top 10 positions.
Jimmy Graham, GB @ MIN
Vance McDonald, PIT @ NYJ.
Benjamin Watson, NE vs. BUF
Tyler Eifert, CIN @ ONE
Dawson Knox, BUF @ NEW
Cameron Brate, TB vs. HOU. Brate saw seven goals from his own in Week 15 with the wide receiver injuries Tampa Bay has and could be a game of despair for the owners in a deep league that needs a tight end. Tampa Bay and Houston should get a penalty shot that could find Brate in the end zone once.
Logan Thomas, DET @ DEN
Irv Smith Jr., MIN vs. GB