Fantasy Football: Week 16 TE rankings

December 23, 2018

The top scoring tight ends in fantasy this season — Travis Kelce and George Kittle — haven’t disappointed in the playoffs. Kittle’s ridiculous 210-yard effort in the opening round has kept him as the top postseason producer at his position, even after a quiet encore while teammate Garrett Celek’s 61-yard, 1-TD outing paced his entire position last week.

Kelce, the most consistent player at his fantasy position this year, followed up his 77 yards and a score two weeks ago with a more modest 61 yards vs. the Chargers.

Conversely, two of fantasy’s more disappointing tight ends this season might be saving their best for last.

Evan Engram, whose sophomore campaign has been marred by injuries, drops and feeble QB play, has posted his two highest yardage totals — 77 and 75 yards — over his past two games, both without Odell Beckham. Engram has commanded 17 combined targets over that stretch, when he’s been TE5 despite not finding the end zone, which he’s done only twice this season.

Engram visits a Colts defense Sunday whose 1,017 yards rate as the most in the NFL permitted to opposing tight ends, and the 88 receptions allowed trail only Cleveland (90).

Rob Gronkowski has been even more frustrating considering owners likely spent at least a second-rounder on the future Hall of Famer who’d finished first overall — by a wide margin — in each of his previous four seasons consisting of at least 14 starts (2017, ’15, ‘14 and ’11).

The best Gronk can do in this injury-riddled season is make 13 appearances, so perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised that he’s “only” TE8 entering Championship Week. However, he’s TE3 so far in the playoffs, which opened vs. Miami with his best game since Week 1 (fortunately for his owners fantasy doesn’t count missed tackles). And if history is any indication, Gronk could continue salvaging his fantasy season Sunday vs. the Bills, his hometown team against whom Gronk absolutely has dominated with 12 TDs and 1,070 yards in 14 career games.

1. Travis Kelce, Chiefs at Seahawks

2. Zach Ertz, Eagles vs. Texans

3. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots vs. Bills

4. Jared Cook, Raiders vs. Broncos

5. George Kittle, 49ers vs. Bears

6. Eric Ebron, Colts vs. Giants

7. Evan Engram, Giants at Colts

8. Trey Burton, Bears at 49ers

9. David Njoku, Browns vs. Bengals

10. Cameron Brate, Bucs at Cowboys

11. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings at Lions

12. Austin Hooper, Falcons at Panthers

13. Chris Herndon, Jets vs. Packers

14. Jimmy Graham, Packers at Jets

15. Vance McDonald, Steelers at Saints

16. Ben Watson, Saints vs. Steelers

17. C.J. Uzomah, Bengals at Browns

18. Jordan Thomas, Texans at Eagles

19. Ian Thomas, Panthers vs. Falcons

20. Antonio Gates, Chargers vs. Ravens

21. Mark Andrews, Ravens at Chargers

22. Anthony Firkser, Titans vs. Washington

23. Dallas Goedert, Eagles vs. Texans

24. Gerald Everett, Rams at Cardinals

25. Vernon Davis, Washington at Titans

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