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Week 16 Rankings

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Week 16 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Rob Gronkowski vs. BUF -
2 Travis Kelce vs. MIA -
3 Zach Ertz vs. OAK -
4 Delanie Walker vs. LAR -
5 Evan Engram at ARZ -
6 Greg Olsen vs. TB -
7 Jimmy Graham at DAL -
8 Jack Doyle at BAL -
9 Kyle Rudolph at GB Questionable (ankle)
10 Cameron Brate at CAR Questionable (knee)
11 Eric Ebron at CIN -
12 Charles Clay at NE -
13 Jared Cook at PHI -
14 Jason Witten vs. SEA -
15 Ben Watson vs. IND -
16 Vernon Davis vs. DEN -
17 Jesse James at HOU -
18 Ricky Seals-Jones vs. NYG -
19 Austin Hooper at NO -
20 Antonio Gates at NYJ -
21 Tyler Kroft vs. DET -
22 Garrett Celek vs. JAC Questionable (knee)
23 Stephen Anderson vs. PIT -
24 David Njoku at CHI Questionable (foot)
25 Austin Seferian-Jenkins vs. LAC -
26 Trey Burton vs. OAK -
27 Marcedes Lewis at SF -
28 Adam Shaheen vs. CLE Questionable (chest)
29 Tyler Higbee at TEN -
30 George Kittle vs. JAC -

TE Notes: Rob Gronkowski’s 168 yards against the Steelers were a new career high. For the fantasy finals, he’s rematching with a Bills team he got for the fifth most yards of his career in Week 13 (147). … Travis Kelce is nine yards away from his second consecutive 1K campaign. The Dolphins have allowed the seventh-most yards up the seam (828). … Zach Ertz went 6/56/1 in his first game with Nick Foles. That will be his baseline against a Raiders defense that’s coughed up the fourth-most tight end yards (899). … Delanie Walker has caught at least five passes in seven of his past eight games. He’s found the end zone three times in the past four weeks. … Evan Engram has gone 12/141 in two games since Eli Manning returned under center. He’ll be looking to break a two-week scoreless streak against the Cardinals.

Greg Olsen finally welcomed himself to the season in Week 15, exploding for 9/116/1 against the Packers. He was left literally uncovered multiple times. I would say don’t expect that to happen again, but the Bucs have one of the league’s most disorganized defenses. Of note, the Bucs have permitted the second-fewest tight end fantasy points. … Jimmy Graham’s fantasy playoffs: Not according to plan. Graham has an inconceivable one catch for -1 yards over the past two weeks. The Cowboys have been better against all positions with Sean Lee in the lineup, which he currently is. … The Colts’ only consistent pass catcher, Jack Doyle gets a Ravens defense allowing the 12th-most tight end fantasy points. … Kyle Rudolph had a rough go of it playing through an ankle injury in Week 15 but avoided setbacks. For the fantasy finals, he gets a Packers defense that just Lazarus’d Greg Olsen.

With O.J. Howard (foot) out, Cameron Brate is back in the TE1 mix. … Suddenly playing his best football, Eric Ebron gets a Bengals defense that’s been in full-on collapse without MLB Vontaze Burfict. … With Jeremy Maclin (knee) likely to sit, Ben Watson’s target floor should be higher than usual against a Colts D surrendering the 10th-most tight end fantasy points. Watson posted his second-most yards of the season (74) against the Browns last Sunday. … Although his play has slipped the past month, Vernon Davis’ matchup with the notoriously tight end soft Broncos keeps him on the TE2 radar. … It’s been back-to-back disappointments for Ricky Seals-Jones. The Giants’ league-worst tight end defense will try to change that. … With Antonio Brown (calf) sidelined, Jesse James should be more involved than usual against the Texans’ open-door defense. … Hunter Henry (kidney) is on injured reserve, creating the conditions for a proper Antonio Gates sendoff. Gates has no upside, but his touchdown odds will be higher than they have been.   

Week 16 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Stephen Gostkowski vs. BUF -
2 Justin Tucker vs. IND -
3 Chris Boswell at HOU -
4 Wil Lutz vs. ATL -
5 Harrison Butker vs. MIA -
6 Jake Elliott vs. OAK -
7 Matt Bryant at NO -
8 Graham Gano vs. TB -
9 Matt Prater at CIN -
10 Sam Ficken at TEN -
11 Kai Forbath at GB -
12 Dan Bailey vs. SEA -
13 Phil Dawson vs. NYG -
14 Josh Lambo at SF -
15 Robbie Gould vs. JAC -
16 Nick Rose at NYJ -
17 Blair Walsh at DAL -
18 Mason Crosby vs. MIN -
19 Ryan Succop vs. LAR -
20 Cody Parkey at KC -
21 Mike Nugent vs. CLE -
22 Dustin Hopkins vs. DEN -
23 Brandon McManus at WAS -
24 Stephen Hauschka at NE -
25 Patrick Murray at CAR -
26 Aldrick Rosas at ARZ -
27 Giorgio Tavecchio at PHI -
28 Chandler Catanzaro vs. LAC -
29 Adam Vinatieri at BAL -
30 Randy Bullock vs. DET Questionable (back)
31 Zane Gonzalez at CHI -
32 Ka'imi Fairbairn vs. PIT -

Week 16 Defense/Special Teams

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Ravens Def/Spec Team vs. IND -
2 Chargers Def/Spec Team at NYJ -
3 Jaguars Def/Spec Team at SF -
4 Steelers Def/Spec Team at HOU -
5 Bears Def/Spec Team vs. CLE -
6 Patriots Def/Spec Team vs. BUF -
7 Vikings Def/Spec Team at GB -
8 Rams Def/Spec Team at TEN -
9 Chiefs Def/Spec Team vs. MIA -
10 Panthers Def/Spec Team vs. TB -
11 Redskins Def/Spec Team vs. DEN -
12 Lions Def/Spec Team at CIN -
13 Eagles Def/Spec Team vs. OAK -
14 Broncos Def/Spec Team at WAS -
15 Cardinals Def/Spec Team vs. NYG -
16 Browns Def/Spec Team at CHI -
17 Giants Def/Spec Team at ARZ -
18 Fortyniners Def/Spec Team vs. JAC -
19 Saints Def/Spec Team vs. ATL -
20 Seahawks Def/Spec Team at DAL -
21 Cowboys Def/Spec Team vs. SEA -
22 Jets Def/Spec Team vs. LAC -
23 Bengals Def/Spec Team vs. DET -
24 Raiders Def/Spec Team at PHI -
25 Dolphins Def/Spec Team at KC -
26 Colts Def/Spec Team at BAL -
27 Texans Def/Spec Team vs. PIT -
28 Packers Def/Spec Team vs. MIN -
29 Buccaneers Def/Spec Team at CAR -
30 Falcons Def/Spec Team at NO -
31 Titans Def/Spec Team vs. LAR -
32 Bills Def/Spec Team at NE -

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