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Top 30 tight end rankings for Week 12 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best tight ends going in Week 12 for fantasy football, including a few viable streamers.

Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews celebrates with fans in the stands after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports


The absence of JuJu Smith-Schuster should push more targets to Vance McDonald. He’s been moved up to TE9.

Nelson Agholor will likely miss, which should open up more targets underneath, so Dallas Goedert gets a boost to TE6 in a good matchup.

Phillip Dorsett and Mohamed Sanu look unlikely to play, which moves Ben Watson up the rankings.

Jonnu Smith also gets a boost with Delanie Walker doubtful.

The big surprises last week at the tight end position were Ryan Griffin, Kyle Rudolph, Ross Dwelley, and Cameron Brate. Overall, it wasn’t as crazy as many weeks are at the position.

Travis Kelce put up a big game on Monday night and is back as the top play each week. Unfortunately for his backers, he’ll be on a bye in Week 12.

This week we don’t get the Cardinals to pick on, and Austin Hooper is likely out again in a great matchup with Tampa Bay.

Bye Weeks

Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings

TEs on bye: Travis Kelce, Hunter Henry, Kyle Rudolph, Irv Smith Jr.

Injury/Status Report

George Kittle’s status is still up in the air, and we likely won’t know more until Wednesday’s practice. If he plays, he’s, of course, a must start.

Austin Hooper could return to practice this week, but the odds of him playing appear long at this point in the week.

Evan Engram believes he’s made enough progress to have a chance to play this week against the Bears. He doesn’t appear primed for a return just yet, but we’ll have to wait to see if he can practice.

TE Ranking Tiers

Tier 1

If Kittle can go, he’s the top play this week. His backup, Ross Dwelley, scored twice in his absence, but he also faced the worst tight end defense in the league. Zach Ertz saw a huge amount of targets last week and now gets a good matchup at home against Seattle. Darren Waller hasn’t been on fire of late but bounced back last week with a strong game. He remains a top play through usage alone.

Tier 2

Top plays thin out quickly this week. We get Jacob Hollister back, and he’s shown well as one of Russell Wilson’s top targets. As long as their game in Philadelphia is close or the Eagles get a lead, Hollister should get enough work to have fantasy value.

TE Streamers

The Bills are tough against tight ends, but Noah Fant has seen enough targets of late to take a flier on if you’re hurting at the position.

It’s hard to trust Ryan Griffin, but he’s produced lately and gets a nice matchup against the Raiders, who allow the third-most fantasy points to the position.

Tight End Rankings, Week 12

Rank Player Team Opp
Rank Player Team Opp
1 George Kittle SF vs GB
2 Zach Ertz PHI vs SEA
3 Darren Waller OAK @ NYJ
4 Mark Andrews BAL @ LAR
5 Jared Cook NO vs CAR
6 Dallas Goedert PHI vs SEA
7 Jacob Hollister SEA @ PHI
8 Ryan Griffin NYJ vs OAK
9 Vance McDonald PIT @ CIN
10 Greg Olsen CAR @ NO
11 Noah Fant DEN @ BUF
12 Gerald Everett LAR vs BAL
13 Eric Ebron IND @ HOU
14 Jack Doyle IND @ HOU
15 Benjamin Watson NE vs DAL
16 Cameron Brate TB @ ATL
17 Darren Fells HOU vs IND
18 Jonnu Smith TEN vs JAC
19 Mike Gesicki MIA @ CLE
20 T.J. Hockenson DET @ WAS
21 Jimmy Graham GB @ SF
22 Jason Witten DAL @ NE
23 Tyler Eifert CIN vs PIT
24 Dawson Knox BUF vs DEN
25 Nick Boyle BAL @ LAR
26 Jaeden Graham ATL vs TB
27 Jeremy Sprinkle WAS vs DET
28 Ben Braunecker CHI vs NYG
29 Blake Jarwin DAL @ NE
30 Demetrius Harris CLE vs MIA
31 Foster Moreau OAK @ NYJ
32 Jordan Akins HOU vs IND
33 Tyler Higbee LAR vs BAL
34 O.J. Howard TB @ ATL
35 Anthony Firkser TEN vs JAC
36 Ben Koyack JAC @ TEN
37 Hayden Hurst BAL @ LAR
38 Luke Stocker ATL vs TB
39 Josh Hill NO vs CAR
40 Kaden Smith NYG @ CHI
41 Nick O'Leary JAC @ TEN
42 C.J. Uzomah CIN vs PIT
43 Matt LaCosse NE vs DAL
44 Luke Willson SEA @ PHI
45 Ryan Izzo NE vs DAL
46 Nick Vannett PIT @ CIN
47 Scott Simonson NYG @ CHI
48 Marcedes Lewis GB @ SF
49 Tyler Kroft BUF vs DEN
50 Hale Hentges WAS vs DET
51 Durham Smythe MIA @ CLE
52 Ross Dwelley SF vs GB
53 Trevon Wesco NYJ vs OAK
54 Troy Fumagalli DEN @ BUF
55 Logan Thomas DET @ WAS
56 Tommy Sweeney BUF vs DEN
57 Lee Smith BUF vs DEN
58 Ian Thomas CAR @ NO
59 Ricky Seals-Jones CLE vs MIA
60 Derek Carrier OAK @ NYJ
61 Levine Toilolo SF vs GB