Fantasy Football Week 16: TE Start'em, Sit'em- Updated: Saturday, December 22nd
Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).
As an example, Evan Engram is listed below as a "start" for Week 16. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 16 with him as my starting tight end.
That said, he may be a sit for your team.
In other words, if you owned both Travis Kelce and Engram, you should start Kelce -- and in turn, bench Engram.
So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).
Week 16 Fantasy Football TE Start'emTE - David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (vs. CIN)
Since Week 8, he has been a disappointment. Over those seven games, Njoku has finished as the TE47, TE15, TE32, TE4, TE41, TE22 and TE20, respectively. Which one of those is unlike the others?
Fortunately, the exception to the rule (5/63/1 in Week 12, TE4) occurred against this week's opponent. The Bengals have been all-around bad on defense and have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to the position this season. If Njoku is going to bounce back from his string of less-than-mediocre outings, this is the week.
TE - Chris Herndon, New York Jets (vs. GB)
For the first time in a few weeks, Herndon finished with more than five fantasy points and as a top-12 weekly fantasy tight end as he hauled in three-of-four targets for 53 scoreless yards. Since Week 6, Herndon has averaged three catches and more than 40 yards per game. I have the rookie from The U. ranked just inside my top-12 tight ends this week.
TE - Evan Engram, New York Giants (at IND)
Given that Odell Beckham has been ruled out for this week's game, Engram should benefit from an increased looks in the passing game. With at least 75 yards in back-to-back games, Engram set season highs in Week 15 with eight receptions on 12 targets. While the Colts are only a middle-of-the-road matchup, Engram faced the league's stingiest fantasy defense (Titans) last week.
Week 16 Fantasy Football TE Sit'emTE - Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (at DET)
Rudolph scored a touchdown two of his first three games this season. Since then, it's been all downhill. While he had seven catches for 63 yards in Week 12, Rudolph has not finished as a top-15 fantasy tight end since Week 3. The first time this season that he faced the Lions, he had two catches for 23 yards on two targets.
TE - Jimmy Graham, Green Bay Packers (at NYJ)
Graham had three catches for 32 yards last week on five targets and he now has at least five targets in three consecutive games. That said, he's reached 35 receiving yards in only one of his past six games. While it appears that Aaron Rodgers will play, the Jets have limited opposing tight ends to the eighth-fewest fantasy points this season.
TE - C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals (at CLE)
Good news first: Uzomah had a career-high 13 targets in his first matchup this season against the Browns. So, why is he on the Sit'em side of this list? Well, he could only muster six catches for 39 yards on those targets. He's now finished as the TE18 or worse in seven consecutive games.
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Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings:
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- Week 16 Fantasy Football RB Rankings
- Week 16 Fantasy Football WR Rankings
- Week 16 Fantasy Football TE Rankings