Welcome to Week 13, folks. As we continue to wade through bye weeks and injuries, the ugly landscape of the tight end position is on full display. Last week, Josh Oliver, Jordan Akins, Jelani Woods, John Bates, and MyCole Pruitt all finished as top-12 options at the position. Oof. It’s rough out there in Tight End Land, but hopefully, things will be a little more predictable as we turn our attention to the Week 13 tight end rankings. Good luck, everybody!
Week 13 Tight End Notes
Bye Weeks: ARI, CAR
- David Njoku’s playing time has steadily increased since returning from a high-ankle sprain. In Week 12, his snap count was closer to normal and his seven targets were second-most on the team. He finished the day catching five of them for 29 yards and a touchdown. In his five games prior to being injured, Njoku saw at least six targets per game and averaged 76 receiving yards over those starts. This week, Njoku gets a plus matchup against a Houston defense allowing the 13th-most fantasy points to the position. Additionally, while the Texans have only surrendered 10 passing touchdowns this season, five of them have gone to tight ends. Njoku – and Deshaun Watson – have an opportunity to take advantage. Njoku is my TE7 in Week 13. UPDATE: Njoku was ruled out with a knee injury. Harrison Bryant will take over lead tight end duties and is a TE2 with upside.
- Tyler Higbee was limited with a knee injury last week and failed to register a target for the first time this season. But don’t sweat it, as targets haven’t been an issue for Higbee – his 73 on the season rank fourth-best among tight ends. Higbee’s target total should rebound this week in a favorable matchup against Seattle. The Seahawks have coughed up the most fantasy points to tight ends, as well as the second most receiving yards to the position. The Rams’ pass-catchers are dwindling, with Allen Robinson II being the latest injury casualty. Higbee should be able to take advantage, no matter who is under center in Week 13. He’s a top-10 option this week.
- Foster Moreau has scored a touchdown in two of his last three games. He also scored the sixth-most fantasy points at the position over that period. Moreau has yet to top 45 receiving yards, but he’s getting significant volume. Since taking over the tight end reins in Week 7, Moreau has played at least 96% of snaps each week and his 33 targets over that span are tied for 10th-most among tight ends. He gets a favorable Week 13 matchup against the Chargers. Los Angeles has allowed the third-most receiving yards, as well as the 10th-most fantasy points to tight ends. Moreau is a solid TE1 this week.
- Evan Engram’s last three games have been ugly, to say the least. He registered a total of seven targets and failed to top 15 receiving yards in any of those starts. In his four prior games, Engram saw at least six targets and received at least 40 yards per game. However, Engram gets an opportunity to get things back on track this week. He faces a Detroit defense that has given up the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends. They’ve also surrendered seven touchdowns to the position, tied for third-most. If there’s a week to take a shot on Engram, it’s Week 13.
Week 13 Tight End Rankings
Note: Ranks are based on half-PPR scoring