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Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings: TE, K, DEF

by Patrick Daugherty
Updated On: December 19, 2021, 5:06 pm ET

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Mark Andrews readies to put the Ravens’ offense on his back vs. Green Bay, Dawson Knox angles for a hot streak, and Mike Gesicki waits for a hail of targets against the Jets.

Other positions: Quarterback | Running Back | Receiver

Updated 12/17 at 6:30 PM ET. Removed Tyler Higbee.   

Week 15 Tight Ends

RK

Player

Opp

1

George Kittle

ATL

2

Mark Andrews

GB

3

Travis Kelce

@LAC

4

Rob Gronkowski

NO

5

Dallas Goedert

WAS

6

Mike Gesicki

NYJ

7

Dawson Knox

CAR

8

Kyle Pitts

@SF

9

Pat Freiermuth

TEN

10

Dalton Schultz

@NYG

11

Zach Ertz

@DET

12

Tyler Conklin

@CHI

13

Noah Fant

CIN

14

Hunter Henry

@IND

15

Cole Kmet

MIN

16

C.J. Uzomah

@DEN

17

David Njoku

LV

18

Albert Okwuegbunam

CIN

19

James O'Shaughnessy

HOU

20

Jonnu Smith

@IND

21

Jared Cook

KC

22

Jack Doyle

NE

23

Gerald Everett

@LA

24

Evan Engram

DAL

25

Brevin Jordan

@JAC

26

Ricky Seals-Jones

@PHI

27

Foster Moreau

@CLE

28

Ryan Griffin

@MIA

29

Josiah Deguara

@BAL

30

Geoff Swaim

@PIT

31

Nick Vannett

@TB

32

Adam Trautman

@TB

 

TE Notes: On the one hand: It had become impossible to keep Travis Kelce in the top spot. He has been held below 30 yards in back-to-back comfortable victories and has just one touchdown over his past eight games. On the other, he went 7/104 against the Chargers in Week 3 and the Bolts hand out the sixth most TE fantasy points. Despite age curve whispers, Kelce’s underlying metrics aren’t all that scary. The culprit seems to be his newly-conservative offense. Hopefully this week’s top-notch matchup at least temporarily breaks the spell. … Whereas it had become impossible to keep Kelce in the top spot, the same is true for keeping George Kittle out of it. His 22/332/3 over the past two weeks is straight outta 2018. It’s hard to think of a defense less equipped to stop Kittle than Atlanta. Let’s just hope the Falcons keep the game reasonably close and let Kittle do more than run block. … If Kittle is the temporary TE1, Mark Andrews is the most consistent bet for the top spot right now. Even if it is Tyler Huntley under center, fantasy managers are all but guaranteed top-12 numbers. 

Retired in 2019 and rusty in 2020, Rob Gronkowski is all the way back for 2021. Like Kittle and Andrews, he has a credible claim to the top spot. He has drawn at least eight targets in each of his four appearances since returning from injury. … Darren Waller (knee, back) has yet to resume practicing ahead of Saturday’s game against the Browns. Foster Moreau has proven to be a streaming non-entity in Waller’s absence. … With Emmanuel Sanders (knee) and the Bills in desperate times, it feels like a “Dawson Knox week” vs. the Panthers’ admittedly-imposing pass defense. The Bills simply need Knox’s play-making ability too much to fade him. … This would be about where T.J. Hockenson (hand) would slot in if he’s ready to face a Cardinals defense that has limited seam production most of 2021. … Mike Gesicki was looking like a shakier bet with DeVante Parker back in the lineup, but he went 7-of-11 for 46 yards with Parker active before Miami’s bye. Then Jaylen Waddle landed on the COVID list. It should be a usage bonanza for the Dolphins’ seam stretcher.   

Even with his volume and compiling declining, Pat Freiermuth has stayed strong in the red zone, with three scores in his past four games. That is enough to keep anybody in the top 12 right now. … Kyle Pitts made two of the biggest plays in the Falcons’ Week 14 win over the Panthers, converting a pair of third and very longs. His volume floor remains that of a TE1. If only Matt Ryan threw touchdowns. … Dallas Goedert has been so inconsistent with Jalen Hurts under center, though he did go 5-of-8 for 62 yards in Hurts’ most recent healthy start. … What is really the difference between Noah Fant and Albert Okwuegbunam at this point? … Jack Doyle was not needed in Indy’s Week 13 shutout of the Texans. There will be more passing volume against New England, but it will be of debatable quality against a defense surrendering the fewest tight end fantasy points. … Washington finally did it, installing a timeshare at tight end. Perhaps Ricky Seals-Jones will be healthy enough to reclaim an every-down role this week, but we have to make a John Bates hedge. … The novel coronavirus seems to be ending Austin Hooper’s TE2 candidacy before it even begins. … Brevin Jordan is worth a punt play vs. the hilariously bad Jaguars.   

 

Week 15 Kickers

RK

Player

Opp

1

Greg Zuerlein

@NYG

2

Nick Folk

@IND

3

Tyler Bass

CAR

4

Greg Joseph

@CHI

5

Harrison Butker

@LAC

6

Matt Gay

SEA

7

Daniel Carlson

@CLE

8

Evan McPherson

@DEN

9

Justin Tucker

GB

10

Matt Prater

@DET

11

Randy Bullock

@PIT

12

Ryan Succop

NO

13

Michael Badgley

NE

14

Robbie Gould

ATL

15

Jake Elliott

WAS

16

Dustin Hopkins

KC

17

Chase McLaughlin

LV

18

Brandon McManus

CIN

19

Chris Boswell

TEN

20

Mason Crosby

@BAL

21

Jason Sanders

NYJ

22

Cairo Santos

MIN

23

Younghoe Koo

@SF

24

Ka'imi Fairbairn

@JAC

25

Zane Gonzalez

@BUF

26

Jason Myers

@LA

27

Graham Gano

DAL

28

BrIan Johnson

@PHI

29

Brett Maher

@TB

30

Matthew Wright

HOU

31

Eddy Pineiro

@MIA

32

Riley Patterson

ARI

 

Week 15 Defense/Special Teams

RK

Player

Opp

1

Dallas Cowboys

@NYG

2

Arizona Cardinals

@DET

3

Miami Dolphins

NYJ

4

Buffalo Bills

CAR

5

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NO

6

New England Patriots

@IND

7

San Francisco 49ers

ATL

8

Houston Texans

@JAC

9

Philadelphia Eagles

WAS

10

Green Bay Packers

@BAL

11

Tennessee Titans

@PIT

12

Minnesota Vikings

@CHI

13

Cincinnati Bengals

@DEN

14

Indianapolis Colts

NE

15

Cleveland Browns

LV

16

Kansas City Chiefs

@LAC

17

Washington Football Team

@PHI

18

Denver Broncos

CIN

19

Los Angeles Rams

SEA

20

Pittsburgh Steelers

TEN

21

Carolina Panthers

@BUF

22

Las Vegas Raiders

@CLE

23

Jacksonville Jaguars

HOU

24

Seattle Seahawks

@LA

25

Chicago Bears

MIN

26

Los Angeles Chargers

KC

27

New Orleans Saints

@TB

28

Atlanta Falcons

@SF

29

New York Jets

@MIA

30

New York Giants

DAL

31

Baltimore Ravens

GB

32

Detroit Lions

ARI