Woof, what a week. Another great reminder that fantasy football is crazy and you’re crazy for playing it. We’re now in the heart of the fantasy playoffs, so the long-term speculation is over — we’re focusing on the now because there’s no future. So these rankings factor heavily in fitness, health and latest trends. A short guide to rankings, followed by rankings, and then some tips. If you’ve been good all year, let’s hope Santa treats you well this holiday season!
- The rankings below are for the offseason. They try to tie up the next three weeks (don’t worry, we’ll be posting weekly rankings for Week 18, as well as for those of you playing later this year).
- Weekly Specific Rankings for Week 16 will be released on Thursday on Twitter As always (sometimes updated on Sunday if there are major changes)
- We’ve included some information on matchups to help you try to mix and match where necessary.
- Players in orange have injury problems. Keep an eye on the weekly rankings for updates on that.
- Below are notes on each player.
Tier 1: Light of the World
Tier 2: 5 gold rings
- DJ Hawkenson – DJ HawkensonHis usage has been better since the Vikings got them, and in that span, he technically had the second most targets on the team. Justin Jefferson. You’re definitely starting him this week against the Giants, and if you don’t have too many studs, you’ll be starting him next week against Green Bay.
- Mark Andrews – Mark Andrews He hasn’t lived up to expectations in the box score lately, but he’s still playing a huge snap share and running multiple routes. According to PlayerProfiler, he currently leads all tight ends in route participation, target sharing and route running. If you’ve made it this far, you’re not going to bench him against the bottom five Falcons against Boston. Hope to get it Lamar Jackson Can come back soon and feel even better about it.
- George Kittle – We were concerned Brock Birdie But, honestly, he’s very talented. Now with Thibo Samuel Elite tight end targets have a clear path. The only concern is this week’s matchup with Washington (who are the best in the league at tight end) but it’s hard to find guys you can start with Kittle. After that he gets a great match with Las Vegas.
- Dalton Schultz – “It’s possible to make no mistakes and still lose. That’s not weakness. That’s life.” I believe this is technically a Star Trek quote, but it also applies to Schultz this week. He led all tight ends in snap shares and root participation this week. He had a great match against Jacks. He scored four goals. But he didn’t produce much Peyton Hendershot He stole the DD. He has a rough game against the Eagles, followed by a good one against Tennessee.
- Evan Engram – Evan Engram Now the hottest tight end in football — his 67.4 fantasy points are the highest over the past three weeks (following Travis Kelce 41.2 with). His usage is good, his aim is good, and his matches are very solid. You should feel different about engrams in your queues these days.
Layer 3: Warm by the fire
- Dallas Goedert – As crazy as it sounds, Gardner Minshu Quiet could be a small upgrade Dallas Goedert (Or at least it shouldn’t be a huge downgrade). The last time Minshew started a meaningful game for the Eagles, he threw two TD passes to Goedert. And, just as wonderful Jalen is hurting I mean, he’s honestly probably too cool for everyone because he steals a lot of TDs (when he has three rushing TDs like he did this week, it doesn’t leave a lot of points for everyone else). Goedert’s problem is twofold. For one, despite being activated from IR, he wasn’t healthy enough to play last week, a huge red flag. Two, both of his matches were straight up terrible. So he’s not the only lock you can make.
- David Njoku – Njoku’s usage has been good over the last couple of weeks – he’s been sporting a huge snap share. But still Deshaun Watson Not really the mega star we expected. On top of that, with New Orleans and Washington being the top two defenses against a tight end, Goedert’s matchups are somehow worse. Unless he can do that against a mediocre TE defense like Baltimore’s.
- Pat Freiermuth – We mentioned it last week, but now it’s very clear – this guy is clearly not healthy. He has played 55% of the snaps over the past three weeks. This time they didn’t even throw him a pass. Keep an eye out for our ranking update on Twitter If he’s not fully trained with glowing reports – in a couple of days – we may have to look elsewhere.
Tier 4: Yankee Swap
- Gol Kemet – In the Yankee swap lineup, we play matchups so we can swap guys in and out for the next two weeks. Gol Kemet Has now played 100% snaps in three straight games. Every second. He has bagged 6, 7 and 5 goals in that span. Pretty solid. The problem? This week’s game is supposed to be windy, and he gets a date with Buffalo Matt Milano. Maybe the wind will lead them to throw more short passes Kmet’s way — or the pass attack will be terrible. If you can make it this week, he has a great matchup against Detroit in championship week.
- Chigoziem Okonkwo – Chick is the darling of the fantasy community right now, especially in Dynasty because of his insane athleticism (95th percentile speed, for example). But he didn’t Very much A high-end option for the re-draft as he has yet to play the full snap. He ran 20 of 34 routes this week Austin Hooper Ran 18. Now with Traylon Burks return and Ryan Tannehill Outside, it pours a bit of cold water on the hype. He’s not a bad option this week against Houston, but you’ll want to find someone else to start Championship Week.
- Darren Waller – Darren Waller He’s back, but to be honest, he wasn’t exciting before he got hurt. This week Foster Morrow His 33-for-38 snaps were played, but he ran routes to Moreau’s 19-for-29 (of a possible 44). PIT wasn’t a great matchup this week before a bad matchup with San Francisco, so he’ll start where you should.
- Gerald Everett – Now those two Mike Williams And Keenan Allen are healthy, Gerald Everett One of the most boring options out there. It should be remembered that Austin Egeler Technically leads this team in goals. He’s a safe play, but doesn’t offer much improvement.
- Greg Dulcich – This week was a big disappointment for him Courtland Sutton Out and he had a great matchup with the Cardinals. But Pretty Rybion isn’t really nice. He played a good snap share and ran a lot of routes (28 fo 33 with zero pass block snaps) but the floor looks like it did this week. His matches are solid, to say the least.
- Dawson Knox – Knox always had a very decent lineup, they didn’t throw him the ball. A few weeks ago he put up a straight zero. He’s picked things up as of late, but he has a tough matchup against Chicago this week. Not only that, the wind is expected to be very gusty for this match, so throwing will be difficult.
Tier 5: Hard sledding
- Daniel Bellinger – Bellinger is quietly solid when healthy – the key is “when healthy”. Returning from his eye injury, he played 64 of 66 snaps and caught five of five targets before immediately injuring his ribs. It showed this week in the brutal competition for tight ends with Washington. He played 62 of 63 snaps, so hopefully he’s feeling better and has a pretty juicy matchup lined up with the Vikings.
- Juan Johnson – Johnson only ran 13 routes, but I feel like they’re chasing touchdowns with him a bit because they also only threw 19 times. Now that Chris Olaf With the injury report out, Johnson could be in line for a good workload. Said his matchups with Cleveland and Philly were tough.
- Trey McBride – He didn’t Zach Ertz But he lines up just like him. He played 55 snaps, ran 36 routes (without blocking a pass once), and lined up 26 times at WR. Colt McCoy He’s now been targeted 11 times in the last two games, so he’s the last option we start with in PPR before going into desperation mode with the backup QBs.
Tier 6: Island of Misguided Dolls
- Daysum Hill And Jeff Driskell – You know the floor, you know the ceiling – only you can make this decision for your own fantasy team.
Tier 7: The Naughty List
- Noah Fant – Injury Tyler Lockett Opens up possibilities for targets, but the real problem isn’t the wide receivers, as much as he splits the snaps. Will Disley. S
- Tyler Conklin – He has a good schedule, but that’s about the only thing going for him. The last thing we needed was CJ Uzomah, and of course he started catching passes for a touchdown.
- Hunter Henry – He plays a lot of snaps and often lines up at WR. He led the league in tight ends last year along with Josh McDaniels. This year Matt is hooking up with Patricia.
- Austin Hooper – Not even the best fantasy tight end on his own team.
- Hayden Hurst – Coming off an injury as the fourth or fifth best goalie on his own team with a brutal schedule. Cold.
- Kate Otten – He’s a pretty decent option when Cameron Pratt is injured. Cameron Pratt No more injuries.
- Jordan Akins – He’s the best pass-catching tight end on the worst team in the league.
Layer 8: Coal tank
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