Week 16 Rankings (2015): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Ray Kuhn

It is championship week!! Well at least we hope it is for you, or if not you are playing for third place. Of course there is also DFS action so everyone can be a winner. Let’s take a look at which Tight Ends could help you the most:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  2. Julius Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars – at New Orleans
  3. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Philadelphia
  4. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Oakland
  5. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
  6. Gary Barnidge – Cleveland Browns – at Kansas City
  7. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Houston
  8. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Cleveland
  9. Will Tye – New York Giants – at Minnesota
  10. Benjamin Watson – New Orleans Saints – vs. Jacksonville
  11. Zach Miller – Chicago Bears – at Tampa Bay
  12. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
  13. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Baltimore
  14. Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Chicago
  15. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at New York Giants
  16. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Buffalo
  17. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – at Denver
  18. Richard Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Arizona
  19. Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – vs. San Francisco
  20. Vernon Davis – Denver Broncos – vs. Cincinnati

Notes:

  • What better way to start than by exploiting the match-ups. The Saints have allowed the most points to opposing tight ends this season (85 catches for 1,142 yards and 10 touchdowns) and Julius Thomas figures to capitalize. Over the past five weeks he has 27 receptions for 292 yards with four touchdowns as his chemistry with Blake Bortles continues to improve.
  • The Vikings are in the middle of the pack against opposing tight ends, but the Giants are going to need someone to throw the ball to with Odell Beckham’s suspension. Even with Beckham around, Tye has five receptions and a touchdown in each of the past two weeks. The rookie is averaging just under five catches per game over the past five weeks and on the season he is averaging a solid 10.9 yards per reception.
  • Houston has allowed just 666 yards and five touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season and their defense has improved each week, but with Delanie Walker being Tennessee’s one true consistent threat I would still feel comfortable using him. Zach Mettenberger will likely target Walker early and often. Even though Walker caught just two passes last week, he made them both count as he found the end zone each time. There are just four games where Walker has caught less than six passes and at 76 receptions for 935 yards, he is one of the top options at the position.
  • While it was Danny Woodhead who got all the attention with his four touchdowns, Antonio Gates had yet another solid day. Gates caught six passes for 89 yards for his third straight game with six receptions. The Chargers offense showed a spark on Sunday, and it will be interesting to see how that carries over in Oakland on a short week.
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7 comments

  1. sam says:

    Hi Professor,
    I didn’t play Inman last night thinking Jeffery might play but looks like his status is very questionable.
    My team is as follows
    Starting Line up:
    Blake Bortles
    Todd Gurley, StL RB
    Danny Woodhead, SD RB
    Alshon Jeffery, Chi WR  Q
    Golden Tate, Det WR
    Owen Daniels, Den TE  P
    Karlos Williams, Buf RB  Q
    Broncos D/ST D/ST
    Jason Myers, Jax K
    Bench
    Andre Ellington, Ari RB  
    Philip Rivers, SD QB
    Duke Johnson Jr., Cle RB 
    Donte Moncrief, Ind WR
    Bengals D/ST D/ST
    Dorial Green-Beckham, Ten WR
    Dontrelle Inman, SD WR

    Can you please tell me whom to play just in case Jeffery misses the game?
    Also I have Tyler Kroft and Vance McDonald available in waivers, Should I pick anyone instead of owen daniels.
    Please do let me know.

  2. Sam says:

    Hmm well none really speaking, so do you want me to keep Owen Daniel ??
    Also on waiver wire for WR, I have Garcon
    , Keshawn Martin and Davante Adams.
    Should I stick with DGB if Jeffery won’t play or go for the waiver wire mentioned above

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