Week 16 – TE Rankings

I’m going to provide a different analysis for the TE position this week. I have two sleepers I’m big on in Week 16 for those that stream TEs. The first one is…Benjamin Watson. Watson has a juice matchup this week against a Colts defense that is allowing 8.2 FPPG to opposing TEs, ranking 25th in the NFL. He’s been very inconsistent this year, as have most TEs outside the top 6. In his last 3 games, he’s scored 11.4, 0.0, and 17.4 fantasy points. Two great games sandwiching a dud. The dud, in Watson’s defense, was against Pittsburgh, the NFL’s top ranked defense against opposing TEs. He’s available in 86.9% of ESPN leagues, and I would look for him to have a game more similar to the two surrounding games this week.

The second sleeper: Jesse James. Available in 87.6% of ESPN leagues, James also has a great matchup this week. Houston’s defense has been struggling all over this year, but especially defending TEs. They rank 23rd in the league in fantasy TE scoring against allowing 8.1 FPPG. James hasn’t been featured much in the Steelers’ offense this season, only receiving 4.4 targets per game; but he does have 17 targets in the last 2 games. Add that in with the loss of Antonio Brown, James might have a much more prominent role as the Steelers try to regain control of the #1 seed in the AFC over the Patriots. I expect opposing defenses to pay extra attention to Martavis Bryant over the course of the final two games, leaving JuJu Smith-Schuster and Jesse James as the primary receiving targets.

Here’s the complete list of TEs for this week:

  1. Travis Kelce (KC) vs dolphins
  2. Rob Gronkowski (NE) vs bills
  3. Zach Ertz (PHI) vs raiders
  4. Evan Engram (NYG) at cardinals
  5. Jimmy Graham (SEA) at cowboys
  6. Delanie Walker (TEN) vs rams
  7. Greg Olsen (CAR) vs buccaneers
  8. Jack Doyle (IND) at ravens
  9. Benjamin Watson (BAL) vs colts
  10. Charles Clay (BUF) at patriots
  11. Jason Witten (DAL) vs seahawks
  12. Kyle Rudolph (MIN) at packers
  13. Jared Cook (OAK) at eagles
  14. Cameron Brate (TB) at panthers
  15. Jesse James (PIT) at texans
  16. Eric Ebron (DET) at bengals
  17. Julius Thomas (MIA) at chiefs
  18. Ricky Seals-Jones (ARI) vs giants
  19. Tyler Kroft (CIN) vs lions
  20. Vernon Davis (WAS) vs broncos
  21. Marcedes Lewis (JAX) at 49ers
  22. Antonio Gates (LAC) at jets
  23. O.J. Howard (TB) at panthers
  24. Austin Hooper (ATL) at saints
  25. David Njoku (CLE) at bears
  26. Garrett Celek (SF) vs jaguars
  27. Austin Seferian-Jenkins (NYJ) vs chargers
  28. Stephen Anderson (HOU) vs steelers
  29. Trey Burton (PHI) vs raiders
  30. Tyler Higbee (LAR) at titans
  31. George Kittle (SF) vs jaguars
  32. Darren Fells (DET) at bengals

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