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NFL Rankings

Week 16 Rankings

by Patrick Daugherty
Updated On: December 22, 2019, 11:44 am ET

Week 16 Tight Ends

RK

Player

TM

Opp

1

Zach Ertz

PHI

DAL

2

George Kittle

SF

LA

3

Travis Kelce

KC

@CHI

4

Darren Waller

OAK

@LAC

5

Mark Andrews

BAL

@CLE

6

Hunter Henry

LAC

OAK

7

Austin Hooper

ATL

JAC

8

Jared Cook

NO

@TEN

9

Tyler Higbee

LA

@SF

10

O.J. Howard

TB

HOU

11

Dallas Goedert

PHI

DAL

12

Jacob Hollister

SEA

ARI

13

Noah Fant

DEN

DET

14

Jack Doyle

IND

CAR

15

Mike Gesicki

MIA

CIN

16

Jonnu Smith

TEN

NO

17

Greg Olsen

CAR

@IND

18

Jason Witten

DAL

@PHI

19

Kyle Rudolph

MIN

GB

20

Cameron Brate

TB

HOU

21

Kaden Smith

NYG

@WAS

22

Hayden Hurst

BAL

@CLE

23

Blake Jarwin

DAL

@PHI

24

Vance McDonald

PIT

@NYJ

25

Jimmy Graham

GB

@MIN

26

Ian Thomas

CAR

@IND

27

Darren Fells

HOU

@TB

28

Nick O'Leary

JAC

@ATL

29

Irv Smith

MIN

GB

30

Dawson Knox

BUF

@NE

31

Nick Boyle

BAL

@CLE

 

TE Notes: Zach Ertz has reached 10 targets in 5-of-6 games, rare air for a tight end. He’s scored five times in the process. The Cowboys have struggled to defense the seam without Leighton Vander Esch. … George Kittle’s 17 Week 15 targets were seven more than his previous season high set back in Week 1. With at least six grabs in 5-of-6 games, Kittle has put the 49ers’ passing attack on his back. … Like Kittle, Travis Kelce is also coming off a new season high in targets (13). The Bears are a tough matchup, but Kelce has reached 60 yards receiving in seven straight games. … No. 2 in tight end yardage (1,001), Darren Waller is the Raiders’ lone pass-catching threat. He was held to one of his quietest efforts of the season (3/40/1) the first time Oakland and the Chargers played in Week 10. … No tight end has more scores than Mark Andrews’ eight. The Browns could struggle to keep the proceedings close, but Andrews’ usage — red zone and deep targets — make him a bankable TE1 even on limited volume. 

Tyler Higbee is No. 5 in targets, regardless of position, over the past three weeks. The seam has not been a particular vulnerability for the 49ers but how low can you rank someone coming off three straight 100-yard performances? … Suddenly invisible in the Chargers’ offense — he has six catches for 78 yards on nine targets over the past three weeks — Hunter Henry has a get-right spot in a Raiders D permitting the second most TE fantasy points. … Austin Hooper has just five grabs for 52 yards in two games since returning from injury. The good news is that his snap rate jumped back to normal in Week 15. The Jags are as soft as it gets for a championship week home matchup. … Jared Cook is No. 3 in tight end yardage (409) since his Week 10 return from injury. The Week 16 variable is a rare Saints road game in the great outdoors. … Is O.J. Howard a Week 16 risk? Yes. Is he still a no-brainer TE1 for the fantasy finals? Yes. The Bucs will be missing their Nos. 1, 2 and 4 receivers vs. a Texans Defense coughing up the sixth most TE fantasy points. You need to go down with the Howard ship. 

Jacob Hollister has failed to display any semblance of upside over the past month, but the Cardinals’ life-affirming tight end defense keep him firmly in the TE1 ranks for the most important week of the year. … Jack Doyle is 2/48 over his past two games. A target floor of 5-6 keeps him on the TE1 periphery. … Despite Noah Fant’s volatility, I would bet on his big-play ability against the pathetic Lions over Doyle’s floor. … Mike Gesicki’s usage remains prime. He feels like a TE2 market inefficiency for the fantasy finals. So why is he ranked here? Ceiling is just so hard to come by in this offense. … Greg Olsen has cleared the concussion protocol. Will Grier’s NFL debut is the wildest of wild cards for what could be one of Olsen’s final games. … Like everything else, the Saints police the seam well. Be that as it may, Jonnu Smith’s game-breaking ability — he reached 20 MPH twice in Week 16 — makes him an ideal TE2 dice roll.

 

Week 16 Kickers

RK

Player

TM

Opp

1

Robbie Gould

SF

LA

2

Justin Tucker

BAL

@CLE

3

Wil Lutz

NO

@TEN

4

Harrison Butker

KC

@CHI

5

Matt Gay

TB

HOU

6

Ka'imi Fairbairn

HOU

@TB

7

Younghoe Koo

ATL

JAC

8

Zane Gonzalez

ARI

@SEA

9

Mason Crosby

GB

@MIN

10

Jason Myers

SEA

ARI

11

Jake Elliott

PHI

DAL

12

Kai Forbath

DAL

@PHI

13

Dan Bailey

MIN

GB

14

Brandon McManus

DEN

DET

15

Michael Badgley

LAC

OAK

16

Chase McLaughlin

IND

CAR

17

Nick Folk

NE

BUF

18

Stephen Hauschka

BUF

@NE

19

Joey Slye

CAR

@IND

20

Chris Boswell

PIT

@NYJ

21

Josh Lambo

JAC

@ATL

22

Jason Sanders

MIA

CIN

23

Matt Prater

DET

@DEN

24

Aldrick Rosas

NYG

@WAS

25

Austin Seibert

CLE

BAL

26

Eddy Pineiro

CHI

KC

27

Daniel Carlson

OAK

@LAC

28

Dustin Hopkins

WAS

NYG

29

Ryan Succop

TEN

NO

30

Randy Bullock

CIN

@MIA

31

Sam Ficken

NYJ

PIT

32

Greg Zuerlein

LA

@SF

 

Week 16 Defense/Special Teams

RK

Player

TM

Opp

1

Baltimore Ravens

BAL

@CLE

2

Pittsburgh Steelers

PIT

@NYJ

3

New England Patriots

NE

BUF

4

San Francisco 49ers

SF

LA

5

Denver Broncos

DEN

DET

6

Atlanta Falcons

ATL

JAC

7

New York Jets

NYJ

PIT

8

Kansas City Chiefs

KC

@CHI

9

Seattle Seahawks

SEA

ARI

10

New Orleans Saints

NO

@TEN

11

Buffalo Bills

BUF

@NE

12

Los Angeles Rams

LA

@SF

13

Los Angeles Chargers

LAC

OAK

14

Indianapolis Colts

IND

CAR

15

Houston Texans

HOU

@TB

16

Washington Redskins

WAS

NYG

17

New York Giants

NYG

@WAS

18

Chicago Bears

CHI

KC

19

Minnesota Vikings

MIN

GB

20

Dallas Cowboys

DAL

@PHI

21

Philadelphia Eagles

PHI

DAL

22

Carolina Panthers

CAR

@IND

23

Green Bay Packers

GB

@MIN

24

Oakland Raiders

OAK

@LAC

25

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TB

HOU

26

Miami Dolphins

MIA

CIN

27

Cincinnati Bengals

CIN

@MIA

28

Detroit Lions

DET

@DEN

29

Jacksonville Jaguars

JAC

@ATL

30

Cleveland Browns

CLE

BAL

31

Tennessee Titans

TEN

NO

32

Arizona Cardinals

ARI

@SEA

Patrick Daugherty

Patrick Daugherty is the Senior Fantasy Football content creator for NBC Sports EDGE. You can find him on Twitter @RotoPat.