Hello, Jacob Hollister. Please don’t be David Njoku. Be more like Ricky Seals-Jones, as a matter of fact. We’ve touted Hollister most of the second half in our tight end rankings, and our Week 16 PPR TE rankings see him placed among the elites. It’d normally be weird for us to want any tight end to be like RSJ, but after Seals-Jones scored two revenge-game TDs against the Cardinals, fantasy owners in championship games would like to see Hollister match that output.
Otherwise, though, the names in the top-10 are the usual suspects (minus Evan Engram, who would be in that top level if not for his nagging foot injury). Most likely, you’ve made it to fantasy championship week thanks to a solid TE (or a stream-against-the-Cardinals strategy). If you have a stud, the best strategy is just to play him.
If you’re looking for a stream, though, and Hollister is already accounted for, the first try would be O.J. Howard. With receivers dropping like flies with bad hamstrings in Tampa Bay, Howard saw a season-high eight targets in Week 15 and probably will see a similar level of usage in Week 16 against the Texans. You could also give Dallas Goedert or Jonnu Smith a chance after they both had five catches in Week 15 (Smith added an impressive 57-yard run to showcase his athleticism).
Tyler Higbee might be a big question for a few of you. He’s balled out the past few weeks, and if you’ve been riding that production you might be playing for a title. To be frank, the San Francisco matchup in Week 16 is a bad one. But it seems like Jared Goff will keep throwing to Higbee, and if Hollister and Howard are both owned in your league, it’s probably fine to stick with the guy who’s had three straight 100-yard games.
There will surely be some fantasy matchups that come down to Travis Kelce on Sunday night, and with Saturday action in Week 16, as well, there’s a lot to look forward to. Best of luck in your title games.
Reminder: Check back for updates during the week. For more individual TE analysis, click here.
Week 16 PPR Rankings: TEs
These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.
|1||Travis Kelce, KC @ CHI|
|2||George Kittle, SF vs. LAR|
|3||Zach Ertz, PHI vs. DAL|
|4||Jacob Hollister, SEA vs. ARZ|
|5||Austin Hooper, ATL vs. JAX|
|6||Hunter Henry, LAC vs. OAK|
|7||Darren Waller, OAK @ LAC|
|8||Mark Andrews, BAL @ CLE|
|9||Jared Cook, NO @ TEN|
|10||Tyler Higbee, LAR @ SF|
|11||O.J. Howard, TB vs. HOU|
|12||Greg Olsen, CAR @ IND|
|13||Dallas Goedert, PHI vs. DAL|
|14||Jack Doyle, IND vs. CAR|
|15||Kyle Rudolph, MIN vs. GB|
|16||Mike Gesicki, MIA vs. CIN|
|17||Jonnu Smith, TEN vs. NO|
|18||Noah Fant, DEN vs. DET|
|19||Jason Witten, DAL @ PHI|
|20||Cameron Brate, TB vs. HOU|
|21||Darren Fells, HOU @ TB|
|22||Jordan Akins, HOU @ TB|
|23||Kaden Smith, NYG @ WAS|
|24||Jimmy Graham, GB @ MIN|
|25||Vance McDonald, PIT @ NYJ|
|26||Benjamin Watson, NE vs. BUF|
|27||Tyler Eifert, CIN @ MIA|
|28||Dawson Knox, BUF @ NE|
|29||Logan Thomas, DET @ DEN|
|30||Irv Smith Jr., MIN vs. GB|