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Week 16 Rankings

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Week 16 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Travis Kelce at SEA -
2 Zach Ertz vs. HOU -
3 George Kittle vs. CHI -
4 Eric Ebron vs. NYG -
5 Jared Cook vs. DEN -
6 Evan Engram at IND -
7 Rob Gronkowski vs. BUF -
8 David Njoku vs. CIN -
9 Trey Burton at SF -
10 Austin Hooper at CAR -
11 Chris Herndon vs. GB -
12 Vance McDonald at NO -
13 C.J. Uzomah at CLE -
14 Cameron Brate at DAL -
15 Jimmy Graham at NYJ -
16 Gerald Everett at ARZ -
17 Ian Thomas vs. ATL -
18 Kyle Rudolph at DET -
19 Blake Jarwin vs. TB -
20 Antonio Gates vs. BAL -
21 Matt LaCosse at OAK -
22 Dallas Goedert vs. HOU -
23 Ricky Seals-Jones vs. LAR -
24 Jeremy Sprinkle at TEN -
25 Ben Watson vs. PIT -
26 Anthony Firkser vs. WAS -
27 Jordan Thomas at PHI -
28 Levine Toilolo vs. MIN -
29 Ryan Griffin at PHI -
30 Tyler Higbee at ARZ -
31 Jesse James at NO -
32 Mark Andrews at LAC -
33 Nick Vannett vs. KC -
34 Tyler Conklin at DET -

TE Notes: Travis Kelce remains on pace to set the single-season tight end yardage record at 1,394. … Nick Foles is really good at targeting Alshon Jeffery. Everyone else? Not so much. Zach Ertz’s ceiling takes a hit with Foles under center, but his floor keeps him at No. 2. … Even if you removed George Kittle’s 210-yard game, he would be averaging 73 yards per week, which would be third most amongst tight ends. The second-year fifth-rounder is going to be an elite player for years to come. … Eric Ebron was part of the league-wide global cooling in Week 15, catching just one ball for eight yards. At home in the dome against the Giants’ Landon Collins-less defense, he should shake it off. … Jared Cook was also part of the market crash, going 2/23/0 in a golden matchup. He should rebound versus a Broncos defense that’s the only one in the league to cough up more than 1,000 yards down the seam.

With Odell Beckham sidelined, Evan Engram finally had himself a ballgame last Sunday, going 8/75 on 12 targets as Eli Manning’s No. 1 pass catcher. Even if Beckham returns, Engram will be worth betting on against a Colts D that’s permitted the fourth-most tight end yardage (973). … It is now clear why Rob Gronkowski was considering retirement last offseason. Gronk’s battered body can barely move anymore. That does not stop it from attracting a wave of defenders. Gronk had a crowd of followers everywhere he went in Week 15. Hopefully he can get free versus the Bills’ Matt Milano-less defense. He went 3/43 in Buffalo in October. … At least David Njoku catches three passes every week? That’s how far the bar has been lowered at tight end. … You better believe Austin Hooper was part of last week’s ghosting at tight end. He should bounce back versus a Panthers D that allows the third-most tight end fantasy points.

Trey Burton is the slightly-less reliable version of David Njoku. He scored for the first time in six weeks against the Packers. ... Chris Herndon is seventh in tight end yardage since Week 6 (357). … We like Vance McDonald in potential shootouts. The over/under for Steelers/Saints is 57. … Cameron Brate has been bad. The Cowboys are allowing just 224 weekly passing yards. … Gerald Everett has drawn seven targets in back-to-back games. That’s something to go on in this environment. … Blake Jarwin has also drawn seven looks in back-to-back weeks. The Bucs have been soft up the seam all year. … Ian Thomas dudded in Week 15. Now he will be catching passes from Taylor Heinicke. … You are basically beyond the wall at this point. Matt LaCosse has a great matchup. Ricky Seals-Jones is at least seeing targets. Anthony Firkser was producing a little bit before last week’s no-show. Vernon Davis can have a nice fantasy day on just one catch.          

Week 16 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Wil Lutz vs. PIT -
2 Greg Zuerlein at ARZ -
3 Harrison Butker at SEA -
4 Stephen Gostkowski vs. BUF -
5 Justin Tucker at LAC -
6 Ka'imi Fairbairn at PHI -
7 Adam Vinatieri vs. NYG -
8 Cody Parkey at SF -
9 Mike Badgley vs. BAL -
10 Brett Maher vs. TB -
11 Sebastian Janikowski vs. KC -
12 Ryan Succop vs. WAS -
13 Dan Bailey at DET -
14 Mason Crosby at NYJ -
15 Chris Boswell at NO -
16 Jake Elliott vs. HOU -
17 Greg Joseph vs. CIN -
18 Matt Bryant at CAR -
19 Jason Myers vs. GB -
20 Brandon McManus at OAK -
21 Robbie Gould vs. CHI -
22 Matt Prater vs. MIN -
23 Cairo Santos at DAL -
24 Jason Sanders vs. JAC -
25 Aldrick Rosas at IND -
26 Daniel Carlson vs. DEN -
27 Stephen Hauschka at NE -
28 Chandler Catanzaro vs. ATL -
29 Randy Bullock at CLE -
30 Dustin Hopkins at TEN -
31 Kai Forbath at MIA -
32 Zane Gonzalez vs. LAR -

Week 16 Defense/Special Teams

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

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