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Fantasy Football Week 16 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Tight Ends

The NFL regular season is nearing a close with just two weeks remaining. Before we look ahead to Week 16, there were a few tight ends that stood out among the rest in fantasy football in Week 15.

First and foremost, George Kittle showed why he is considered one of the best tight ends in the NFL last Sunday. The San Francisco 49ers’ pass-catcher corraled 13 passes for 134 yards as he led all tight ends with 26.4 fantasy points in Week 15.

Besides Kittle, Tyler Higbee continued his impressive run of performances for the Los Angeles Rams. Despite getting blown out by the Dallas Cowboys, Higbee totaled 12 receptions for 111 yards.

Which tight ends are worth a look in your lineups this week? All of the picks in this article are based on PPR (points per reception) scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) leagues.

Without further ado, here are the tight ends to start and sit in your fantasy football lineups in Week 16.

TEs to Start in Week 16

Chargers’ Hunter Henry (vs. Raiders): Hunter Henry has struggled in recent weeks, scoring three or fewer points in two of his past three games. Even with him missing four weeks due to injury, Henry is still the ninth highest-scoring tight end in fantasy.

The athletic tight end will get a chance to improve upon his impressive season against the Oakland Raiders in Week 16. The Raiders’ defense has allowed opposing TEs to score nine touchdowns (second-most in the NFL).

Seahawks’ Jacob Hollister (vs. Cardinals): Due to injuries, Jacob Hollister has seen an increased workload with the Seattle Seahawks this season. With a bigger role in the offense, Hollister has scored 10 or more points in three of the eight games he’s played in.

Playing tight ends against the Arizona Cardinals has been a popular trend this year and Hollister will be the next lucky contestant. Arizona’s defense has given up 1,023 yards and 15 touchdowns to TEs (both are most in the NFL).

Saints’ Jared Cook (vs. Titans): After a slow start to the season, Jared Cook has found his groove with the New Orleans Saints. Since Week 5, Cook has averaged 14.3 points per game and has consistently been a viable option in fantasy.

The veteran tight end is poised to continue excelling for the Saints in Week 16 versus the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee’s defense has surrendered an average of 13.3 points per game to TEs (10th most in the NFL).

Other TEs to Start: Texans’ Darren Fells (vs. Buccaneers), Giants’ Kaden Smith (vs. Redskins), Eagles’ Dallas Goedert (vs. Cowboys)

TEs to Sit in Week 16

Colts’ Jack Doyle (vs. Panthers): With injuries plaguing the Indianapolis Colts, Jack Doyle is one of the only reliable options on offense. However, over the past two weeks, Doyle has combined for only 8.8 points on 11 targets.

Given that information, it’s tough to envision Doyle getting back on track against the Carolina Panthers this week. Carolina’s defense has held opposing TEs to only three touchdowns (tied for third-fewest in the NFL).

Dolphins’ Mike Gesicki (vs. Bengals): Mike Gesicki has become a reliable option for the Miami Dolphins in recent weeks. Furthermore, since Week 9, Gesicki has received five or more targets in Miami’s offense.

Despite his recent run of success, Gesicki may be limited a bit versus the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16. The Bengals’ defense has contained opposing TEs to 10.6 points per game (eighth-fewest in the NFL).

Browns’ David Njoku (vs. Ravens): For the people holding out hope that David Njoku will become a focal point in the Cleveland Browns’ offense, this isn’t the week to take a risk with him. Last week, Njoku was inactive in Week 15 and it’s uncertain if he sees the field this week.

Even if Njoku is able to suit up in Week 16, he will be going up against the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore’s defense has given up only two touchdowns to TEs (second-fewest in the NFL).