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What to do with Dan Arnold in Week 16 of the fantasy football playoffs

We go over the fantasy football outlook of Dan Arnold ahead of the Cardinals Week 16 matchup against the 49ers.

Dan Arnold #85 of the Arizona Cardinals makes the first quarter reception against the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Dan Arnold may not be a household name, but in his last five outings, he’s managed four touchdowns on just 17 targets. Can he continue to score touchdowns at this rate to help you secure a fantasy football title? We break down the analysis below.

Fantasy Football analysis: Cardinals TE Dan Arnold

Since kicking off his hot streak in Week 11, Arnold has ranked as the TE7 ahead of studs like Mark Andrews and TJ Hockenson. Considering that the entire position is a dart throw, you could do worse.

He’ll see the 49ers in Week 16, who are allowing the fewest points per game to the tight end position. Fear not, though; they haven’t exactly faced an elite class of tight ends this season, which skews the stats a little.

If you don’t have an elite tight end, you’re essentially hoping for a touchdown for fantasy production on any given week. He’s been scoring enough of them lately to make him a risky, but worthy, start, especially in tight end premium formats.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Dan Arnold as an upside TE2. Given the current landscape of the TE position, he’s a decent sport start if you don’t have an elite or mid-tier option. In DFS, his $3,200 salary is worth a glance.