Last week was an ugly one for tight ends, production-wise. The position scored a total of eight touchdowns, with only four tight ends accounting for that total. Hopefully, the touchdowns will be spread around more in Week 12. One thing to keep in mind with the Week 12 tight end rankings is that no players are scheduled for byes this week. That should provide a little relief for fantasy managers, given the shallow depth of the position.
On the injury front, Kyle Pitts landed on the IR with a knee injury and will be out for at least four games. MyCole Pruitt took over as the primary tight end for Pitts last week, and will likely continue in that role moving forward. In Los Angeles, Gerald Everett failed to suit up in Week 11 due to a groin injury. It’s unclear if he’ll play this week. If he misses time, Tre’ McKitty will fill in. Be sure to stay on top of the week’s injury reports moving forward and make necessary lineup adjustments. Good luck in Week 12!
Week 12 Tight End Notes
- T.J. Hockenson has been a target hog since his trade to Minnesota. His 28 targets over the last three games trail only Travis Kelce (34) at the position. Hockenson has yet to score a touchdown with his new team, but he has an opportunity to change that in Week 12. He faces a New England defense that has surrendered seven touchdowns to tight ends, tied for second-most. They’ve also allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to tight ends. The Vikings will look to shake off a Week 11 beating and Hockenson should play a significant part on Thursday night. He’s my TE3 for the week.
- Juwan Johnson has had a knack for finding the end zone recently. He’s scored in three straight weeks, and has a total of five touchdowns over his last five games played. He’s also has the third-most fantasy points among tight ends over that period. Johnson hasn’t topped 50 receiving yards this season, but he’s the TE7 on the season due to his scoring prowess. This week, Johnson faces a stingy San Francisco unit that has only allowed two touchdowns to the position through 10 weeks. However, given the barren tight end landscape, Johnson is still a TE1 in Week 12.
- Dawson Knox saw a season-high seven targets last week, catching all seven for 70 yards. He’s been a solid play of late, either scoring a touchdown or seeing at least six targets in four of his last five games. He also scored the eighth-most fantasy points among tight ends over that period. Knox gets a nice matchup in Week 12 against Detroit. The Lions are allowing the third-most fantasy points to tight ends. They’ve also had trouble stopping anything in the air. They’ve also given up the fifth-most receiving yards to the position, and the seven touchdowns they’ve surrendered are tied for second-most. Knox sneaks in as a back-end TE1 this week.
- Logan Thomas is coming off his best game of the season, catching five of six targets for 65 yards. His six targets were second on the team behind Terry McLaurin, and he’s seen an increase in targets since his return from a calf injury in Week 8. That trend should continue this week in a favorable home matchup against Atlanta. The Falcons have given up the second-most receptions and fourth-most receiving yards to tight ends this season. Thomas is a solid Week 12 option.
Week 12 Tight End Rankings
Note: Ranks based on half-PPR scoring