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2023 Fantasy Football: Week 16 Tight End Rankings

The tight end position is the strongest it’s been all season. Dallas Goedert and Darren Waller returned last week, and young tight ends Sam LaPorta and Trey McBride continue to crash their way up the ranks. Oh, and let’s not forget the recent fantastic performances by David Njoku and Isaiah Likely. The Week 16 tight end rankings are stacked, and that’s great news as we head into the fantasy football semifinals. Good luck in Week 16, and Happy Holidays!

Tight End Notes

  • David Njoku has been a beast in the last two weeks, combining for 16 receptions on 22 targets, with 195 yards and three touchdowns. He’s been Joe Flacco’s favorite target, posting a healthy 21.9% target share since Flacco took over as the team’s signal-caller in Week 13. Njoku should continue to feast in Week 16. The Texans have allowed the most targets and third-most receiving yards to tight ends this season. Njoku should have another good day at the office and is the TE5 in my Week 16 tight end rankings.
  • The Bills went run-heavy in Week 15, with Josh Allen attempting a season-low 15 passes. That contributed to a forgettable fantasy day for Dalton Kincaid, who failed to haul in his two targets and put up a goose egg for fantasy managers. However, look for Kincaid to rebound in Week 16. He gets a favorable matchup against a Chargers team that has allowed the sixth-most receiving yards and eighth-most fantasy points to tight ends. Kincaid could cede some looks to Dawson Knox, but he’s still a pivotal piece of the Bills’ high-powered offense. Kincaid ranks as a back-end TE1 for me in Week 16.
  • Hunter Henry is coming off a fantastic Week 15, where he hauled in seven of his nine targets for 66 yards and a touchdown. Both the targets and yards led the Patriots and were season-highs for Henry. Henry is heating up at just the right time. He’s scored three touchdowns in his last two games, posting two top-5 performances in that span. Henry should continue to pad his touchdown total in Week 16. The Broncos have allowed the most touchdowns to tight ends this season, including a three-score performance from Sam LaPorta last week. They’ve also given up the most fantasy points and second-most receiving yards to the position. Look for another strong week from Henry in Week 16. UPDATE: Henry is OUT for Week 16.
  • I touted Pat Freiermuth last week, which blew up in my face. He caught three of four targets for a measly 16 yards. Ouch. But heading into Week 16, I’d urge you to consider him again. He gets a tasty matchup against a Bengals team that has given up the most receiving yards and the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Freiermuth shredded Cincinnati in Week 11, catching nine of 11 targets for 120 yards — his best performance of the season. Another strong performance could be on tap this week, especially if Mason Rudolph needs a safety valve. Freiermuth is a mid-range TE2 with upside in my Week 16 tight end rankings.

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Week 16 Tight End Rankings

Note: Ranks based on half-PPR scoring

1Travis KelceKCLVR
2T.J. HockensonMINDET
3Sam LaPortaDET@MIN
4Trey McBrideARI@CHI
5David NjokuCLE@HOU
6Evan EngramJAX@TB
7Isaiah LikelyBAL@SF
8George KittleSFBAL
9Jake FergusonDAL@MIA
10Dalton KincaidBUF@LAC
11Dallas GoedertPHINYG
12Darren WallerNYG@PHI
13Cole KmetCHIARI
14Pat FreiermuthPITCIN
15Hunter HenryNE@DEN
16Dalton SchultzHOUCLE
17Tucker KraftGB@CAR
18Cade OttonTBJAX
19Kyle PittsATLIND
20Tanner HudsonCIN@PIT
21Chigoziem OkonkwoTENSEA
22Gerald EverettLACBUF
23Tyler ConklinNYJWAS
24Logan ThomasWAS@NYJ
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