Tight end has been one of the most frustrating spots to fill for fantasy owners this season, so why should finals week be any different? Can we trust the big names? Are there any under-the-radar options that should be targeted? Let’s take a look:
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
- George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Chicago
- Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams – at San Francisco
- Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – at Tennessee
- Darren Waller – Oakland Raiders – at Los Angeles Chargers
- Jacob Hollister – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Arizona
- Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
- Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Oakland
- Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins – vs. Cincinnati
- Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Carolina
- Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
- Ian Thomas – Carolina Panthers – at Indianapolis
- O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Houston
- Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Jacksonville
- Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – vs. Detroit
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
- Darren Fells – Houston Texans – at Tampa Bay
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
- Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans – vs. New Orleans
- Over the past four weeks only Zach Ertz (43 targets) has been targeted more than Tyler Higbee (39 targets). He’s made the most of those opportunities, with 31 receptions, 354 yards and 1 TD. The 49ers have allowed 4 TD to opposing tight ends over the past four weeks and while they have been a tough defense overall this season it’s not enough to keep Higbee away from the top of the rankings. Ride the hot hand.
- Remember when Hunter Henry was looking like one of the best options at tight end? Over the past three weeks he’s been targeted a total of 9 times, delivering six catches, 78 yards and 1 TD. Those are ugly numbers, and there’s little reason to think that things will suddenly be turned around.
- The Arizona Cardinals have allowed the most points per week to opposing tight ends, with a league high 1,023 yards (only team to allow more than 950 yards) and 15 TD (only team to allow more than 10 TD, one of three teams to allow at least 8). The last time these two teams met it wasn’t Jacob Hollister who was leading the way for tight ends (Will Dissly put up 7 catches, 58 yards and 1 TD). Hollister is a good bet as a low-end TE1 with fantasy titles hanging in the balance.
- Mike Gesicki has consistently been a part of the offense, with 7+ targets in three of the past four games (6+ targets in seven of his past eight). While he hasn’t been very efficient the past two weeks (5 receptions on 13 targets), a matchup against the Bengals should be a good “get right” spot.
- While Greg Olsen is expected to play in Week 16, it’s easy to expect Ian Thomas to continue leading the way for Carolina’s tight ends. Over the past two weeks he’s turned 14 targets into 7 catches, 80 yards and 1 TD, and while those numbers won’t blow you away a matchup with Indianapolis, who have allowed 162 yards and 2 TD to opposing TE the past two weeks, makes him worth considering as a desperation option.
- As the injuries have mounted to their wide receivers, the Eagles have started to lean on both Zach Ertz (43 targets in the past four games) and Dallas Goedert (27 targets). While Ertz is clearly the better option, there appears to be enough opportunities to go around. In a favorable matchup that puts Goedert on the map as a potential desperation play.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 16 rankings: