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2 key TE starts, 2 TE sits to consider for Week 16 fantasy football

Can Hunter Henry and Jack Doyle bounce back from bad games? We break down Week 16 fantasy football start/sit considerations at the tight end position.

Hunter Henry of the Los Angeles Chargers catches a pass while defended by free safety Harrison Smith of the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 15, 2019 in Carson, California. Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

If you find yourself without an elite option, tight end is easily the most frustrating position in Fantasy Football to figure out on a weekly basis. Should you go after a streaming option that has a good matchup? Should you go after a streaming option that has a decent shot of finding the end zone? Should you go after a streaming option who’s name you’ve actually heard of? The fact that these are all legitimate questions speaks to just how annoying TEs can be.

Still, I’m here to help. Let’s take a look at a few notable tight end situations in Week 16.

Tight End Starts

Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers

Henry has been held to exactly two catches in three consecutive games, but he finds himself in a really simple matchup this week. The Chargers have played some solid defenses in recent games, which the Raiders are not. Oakland is ranked 31st in pass defense DVOA, making this a good spot for Henry to bounce back.

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts

Whenever Eric Ebron isn’t on the field, I like to look at Doyle as a tight to roster in fantasy. Even though his last couple of games haven’t been great, it’s hard for me to look past the 22 targets he has over the last three games. With the Panthers’ season starting to go wayward, I think the Colts’ offense should have a big day and Doyle is almost always involved.

Tight End Sits

Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

After missing time, Olsen has cleared the concussion protocol. Unfortunately for him, he isn’t coming back in a position to succeed. The Panthers are trotting out third-round pick Will Grier for his first NFL start, which likely won’t end well. Greir struggled immensely in the preseason and the 19.5 team total for the Panthers suggests they won’t score much this weekend.

Kaden Smith, New York Giants

Smith could be a streaming option fantasy players look to this weekend with Evan Engram ruled out for the season, but I don’t think this is a safe path to go down. Even though the Giants have a favorable matchup against the Redskins, Daniel Jones is likely returning under center. Even though he should be viewed as an upgrade over Eli Manning, Jones doesn’t target his tight ends in the passing game nearly as much as his predecessor.