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Tight end non-PPR rankings for Week 16 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best non-PPR tight ends going into Week 16 for fantasy football championships, including a few viable streamers.

Cleveland Browns tight end Austin Hooper (81) catches a touchdown pass against the New York Giants during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Friday injury report

It’s worth noting that Jonnu Smith was left off of the injury report after a downgrade to DNP on Thursday.

Dan Arnold popped up on Thursday as a limited practice participant after no injury designation Tuesday or Wednesday. Arnold isn’t likely considered an option for most fantasy lineups, so it won’t much matter to the general public. However, if there is anyone willing to throw Christian Kirk into the lineups, Arnold’s absence could give him a boost in target share.

Out: Jace Sternberger (concussion, illness)
Doubtful: N/A
Questionable: Dan Arnold (back), Mike Gesicki (shoulder)

Thursday injury report

Kyle Rudolph was ruled out for the Vikings Christmas Day game against the Saints. Irv Smith once again gets the call for lead snaps at TE and is worth consideration in DFS.

Jonnu Smith was downgraded to DNP Thursday. It’s not a great sign for this tight end who has spent much of the year banged up. Getting in a Friday practice will be key to his return, but fantasy managers should exceed caution. Smith plays on SNF football, so if he does sit, there won’t be many options to stream behind him.

TEs Eric Ebron and Evan Engram each got in a full session.

Mike Gesicki had another limited practice session, a positive sign for Saturday’s game.

Jonnu Smith was added to the injury report with a knee injury on Thursday. Fantasy managers will need to keep a close eye on his practice availability on Friday to get an idea of whether he’ll be active heading into the weekend.

DNP: Jace Sternberger (concussion, illness), Jonnu Smith (knee)
Limited: Mike Gesicki (shoulder)
Full: Eric Ebron (back), Evan Engram (calf)

Wednesday injury report

Kyle Rudolph has been managing a foot injury since his Week 13 appearance against Jacksonville, and this DNP tag isn’t a step in the right direction for a Sunday return. Even with the TE reps to himself, Irv Smith Jr. is nothing more than a dice roll.

Hunter Henry also missed his second consecutive practice with an illness. Donald Parnam Jr. is the next man up for the Chargers should he miss Week 16, but he should not be the next man up for the fantasy managers looking to replace Henry.

Though Steelers TE Eric Ebron snagged a DNP tag following his back injury on Monday Night Football, reports from the team have been encouraging that he could be ready to go for Sunday’s game against the Colts. Fantasy managers will want to keep a close eye on his practice reports through the holiday.

Mike Gesicki’s limited practice looks to be another step in the right direction for his return from a shoulder injury. There were reports that Gesicki had a shot to return Week 15, so it seems like a real possibility that he could be available for Week 16. If not, Durham Smythe is the next man up for the Dolphins and could see a game with decent volume considering the slew of injuries at wide receiver.

DNP: Hunter Henry (illness), Eric Ebron (back), Kyle Rudolph (foot)
Limited: Mike Gesicki (shoulder), Mo Alie-Cox (knee), Evan Engram (calf)
Full: Geoff Swaim (ankle)

Week 15 felt like one of the tamer weeks we’ve seen from the tight end position in some time. Outside of Vikings TE Tyler Conklin managing to rank as the TE7 on the week, we saw familiar names like Darren Waller, Travis Kelce, Noah Fant and Mark Andrews top the charts.

Injury news

George Kittle was designated for return last week for the 49ers, meaning he could make an appearance in Week 16, should the team be eager for him to suit up. However, given the slew of injuries within the 49ers offense and likely C.J. Beathard under center, it wouldn’t make a ton of sense to risk activating him for what’s surely a lost season.

Eric Ebron took a big hit on Monday Night Football and left on the cart with a back injury. However, reports have been positive, indicating that he should be ready for the team’s Sunday matchup at home against the Colts.

Streaming options

Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns

Last year, the team to stream tight ends against was the Arizona Cardinals. In 2020? It’s the Jets. Despite the volatility of the position, the Jets have allowed a score to a tight end in six of their last seven outings. The one game they didn’t allow a touchdown to a tight end? That was against the Patriots, who have targeted the tight end position just 26 times in 2020. Hooper is more often considered a PPR asset, but in Week 15, he demonstrated his ability to rack up yardage and come down with a score, making him an easy top-10 play in the fantasy football championship.

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos

Fant bounced back in a big way in Week 16 posting an 8/68/1 line against the Bills. This week, he’ll face a divisional matchup against the Chargers, who have allowed six receiving touchdowns to tight ends in their last eight games. The last time Fant faced the Chargers in Week 8, he managed seven catches and 47 scoreless yards. The “TE TD” went to rookie teammate Albert Okwuegbunam in that outing, who has since landed on injured reserve with a torn ACL. Follow the target share and the plus matchup.

Tight end non-PPR rankings for Week 18

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Travis Kelce KC @ DEN
2 Mark Andrews BAL vs PIT
3 George Kittle SF @ LAR
4 Rob Gronkowski TB vs CAR
5 Zach Ertz ARI vs SEA
6 Darren Waller LV vs LAC
7 Dawson Knox BUF vs NYJ
8 Dalton Schultz DAL @ PHI
9 Kyle Pitts ATL vs NO
10 Mike Gesicki MIA vs NE
11 Hunter Henry NE @ MIA
12 Noah Fant DEN vs KC
13 Tyler Higbee LAR vs SF
14 Gerald Everett SEA @ ARI
15 Tyler Conklin MIN vs CHI
16 Jared Cook LAC @ LV
17 Cole Kmet CHI @ MIN
18 C.J. Uzomah CIN @ CLE
19 Evan Engram NYG vs WAS
20 Albert Okwuegbunam DEN vs KC
21 Pat Freiermuth PIT @ BAL
22 Brock Wright DET vs GB
23 David Njoku CLE vs CIN
24 Cameron Brate TB vs CAR
25 Brevin Jordan HOU vs TEN
26 Foster Moreau LV vs LAC
27 Jack Doyle IND @ JAC
28 Austin Hooper CLE vs CIN
29 Jonnu Smith NE @ MIA
30 Dallas Goedert PHI vs DAL
31 Tyler Kroft NYJ @ BUF
32 Anthony Firkser TEN @ HOU
33 Tyree Jackson PHI vs DAL
34 James O'Shaughnessy JAC vs IND
35 Josiah Deguara GB @ DET
36 Geoff Swaim TEN @ HOU
37 Ricky Seals-Jones WAS @ NYG
38 Dan Arnold JAC vs IND
39 Adam Trautman NO @ ATL
40 Jack Stoll PHI vs DAL
41 Hayden Hurst ATL vs NO
42 Mo Alie-Cox IND @ JAC
43 John Bates WAS @ NYG
44 Jimmy Graham CHI @ MIN
45 Will Dissly SEA @ ARI
46 Stephen Anderson LAC @ LV
47 Marcedes Lewis GB @ DET
48 Pharaoh Brown HOU vs TEN
49 Ian Thomas CAR @ TB
50 Darrell Daniels ARI vs SEA
51 Durham Smythe MIA vs NE
52 Adam Shaheen MIA vs NE
53 O.J. Howard TB vs CAR
54 Nick Vannett NO @ ATL
55 Jesse James CHI @ MIN
56 Jeremy Sprinkle DAL @ PHI
57 Nick Boyle BAL vs PIT
58 Blake Bell KC @ DEN
59 Kyle Rudolph NYG vs WAS