Some tight ends stand out as must-start fantasy football options most weeks while others come and go depending on matchups and other factors. Hitting on under-the-radar plays is big in season-long fantasy and DFS. We’ve identified two tight ends worth starting and two to consider sitting ahead of Week 16 to help you achieve fantasy success this weekend.
Tight End Starts
Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Doyle has seen his snap count share increase for three straight weeks and the Colts seem to prefer having him on the field more than Mo Alie-Cox and Trey Burton lately. There’s plenty of risks associated with rostering him in the Colts’ unpredictable offense but his increasing exposure could make him the most productive option against the Steelers’ formidable defense. He’s far from the best play available isn’t on the radar of most fantasy managers and could return value with a few opportunities.
Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets
Hooper eclipsed 40 receiving yards for just the third time this season and is about to face one of the worst defenses in the NFL. The Jets showed up against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 15 but I don't expect them to replicate their lastest performance against another strong offense. Hooper has caught a touchdown in two of his last three games.
Tight End Sits
Evan Engram, New York Giants vs. Baltimore Ravens
Daniel Jones is in danger of missing a second straight game so the Giants’ offense could be at a major disadvantage against the Ravens. Baltimore hasn’t been outstanding against tight ends this season but expecting Colt McCoy to maximize the potential of an underwhelming tight end is a reach.
Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos
Henry has hit his stride and has eclipsed 40 receiving yards in four of his last five games. The Chargers’ banged-up receiving corps has made him more of a priority through the air. He’s regularly been on the field for more than 90 percent of the Chargers’ offensive snaps over the last eight weeks.