Week 16 Fantasy TE Rankings: Jacob Hollister, O.J. Howard rise | Sporting News

David Njoku has officially taken the title of most frustrating fantasy football tight end in 2019 away from Chris Herndon. Week 15 was supposed to be Njoku’s chance to reaffirm that he’s a rising star. The matchup with the TE-friendly Cardinals was a chance to push owners into their fantasy football championships. Instead, Njoku was a healthy scratch — in a late-afternoon game, no less. There’s basically no way you can count on him for Week 16 now, making his a totally lost season. At least our Week 16 fantasy TE rankings don’t have to worry about Jacob Hollister being a healthy scratch against the Cardinals (we think).

On the bright side for those of you who are relying on Hollister this week, Arizona was cooked again by a tight end in Week 15, just not Njoku. It was Ricky Seals-Jones in a revenge game scoring twice, so Hollister is our favorite matchup TE for fantasy championship week.

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There’s also a fast-rising O.J. Howard pushing his name into borderline consideration for fantasy title games after he was targeted eight times Sunday. With the Buccaneers potentially missing all three of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller due to hamstring injuries, we’d expect Howard to get targets almost by default in Week 16 in what’s a passing-friendly matchup with Houston in a probable shootout.

Other than those guys, you can basically play it by the book this week. Play the stud TEs that you know will get volume and got you this far. Hollister is above some of those stars in our rankings, but if you don’t feel inclined to go away from a guy like Zach Ertz or Austin Hooper, that’s fine — we can’t really blame you. 

Also note that we’ve left Evan Engram out of the rankings for now, as his foot injury continues to hold him out of action. If he plays against the Redskins, he’s a top-10 option, as well. Those of you who still hope to start Engram should probably look elsewhere, though. We’ve also put Greg Olsen back in under the assumption that he’ll make it back from concussion, but if he doesn’t, his backup Ian Thomas would slot in right about the same spot.

Note: These rankings will be updated throughout the week, so check back for the latest.

Week 16 Fantasy TE Rankings

These rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues

Rank Player
1 Travis Kelce, KC @ CHI
2 George Kittle, SF vs. LAR
3 Jacob Hollister, SEA vs. ARZ
4 Hunter Henry, LAC vs. OAK
5 Zach Ertz, PHI vs. DAL
6 Austin Hooper, ATL vs. JAX
7 Mark Andrews, BAL @ CLE
8 Jared Cook, NO @ TEN
9 Darren Waller, OAK @ LAC
10 Greg Olsen, CAR @ IND
11 O.J. Howard, TB vs. HOU
12 Kyle Rudolph, MIN vs. GB
13 Tyler Higbee, LAR @ SF
14 Dallas Goedert, PHI vs. DAL
15 Jack Doyle, IND vs. CAR
16 Mike Gesicki, MIA vs. CIN
17 Jonnu Smith, TEN vs. NO
18 Noah Fant, DEN vs. DET
19 Jason Witten, DAL @ PHI
20 Darren Fells, HOU @ TB
21 Jordan Akins, HOU @ TB
22 Kaden Smith, NYG @ WAS
23 Jimmy Graham, GB @ MIN
24 Vance McDonald, PIT @ NYJ
25 Benjamin Watson, NE vs. BUF
26 Tyler Eifert, CIN @ MIA
27 Dawson Knox, BUF @ NE
28 Cameron Brate, TB vs. HOU
29 Logan Thomas, DET @ DEN
30 Irv Smith Jr., MIN vs. GB
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