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Week 16 TE Rankings & Matchups: Jordan Reed, Zach Ertz, Travis Kelce

Below you will find our Week 16 tight ends rankings, to help determine your TE starts/sits for this week, brought to you by Edward Gorelik (@EdwardGorelik) and Zach Wilkens (@LopsidedTrades).

Featured fantasy football writer Zach Wilkens also highlights some TE rankings and matchups analysis for Week 16, and draws some matchup conclusions. He tells you who he likes, who he doesn't, and most importantly who he thinks you should be starting in Week 16.

You can also check out our 2015 fantasy football ranking dashboard, for more in depth rankings analysis on all positions including rookies and dynasty leagues.


Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings - Tight Ends

Staff Ranks
Player Name
(Team - Position)
Zach Wilkens
Ed Gorelik
1 Rob Gronkowski NE at NYJ 1 1
2 Greg Olsen CAR at ATL 4 2
3 Antonio Gates SD at OAK 3 4
4 Julius Thomas JAC at NO 2 6
5 Jordan Reed WAS at PHI 6 3
6 Delanie Walker TEN vs. HOU 5 5
7 Gary Barnidge CLE at KC 7 9
8 Will Tye NYG at MIN 11 7
9 Benjamin Watson NO vs. JAC 10 8
10 Zach Ertz PHI vs. WAS 8 11
11 Travis Kelce KC vs. CLE 9 14
12 Zach Miller CHI at TB 13 12
13 Jason Witten DAL at BUF 12 15
14 Heath Miller PIT at BAL 20 10
15 Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. NYG 14 18
16 Jacob Tamme ATL vs. CAR 16 16
17 Richard Rodgers GB at ARI 22 13
18 Eric Ebron DET vs. SF 15 19
19 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB vs. CHI 17 20
20 Vernon Davis DEN vs. CIN 18 21
21 Blake Bell SF at DET 19
22 Jared Cook STL at SEA 21 29
23 Maxx Williams BAL vs. PIT 32 22
24 Ladarius Green SD at OAK 23 26
25 Clive Walford OAK vs. SD 24 23
26 Vance McDonald SF at DET 31 24
27 Ryan Griffin HOU at TEN 30 25
28 Tyler Kroft CIN at DEN 25 30
29 Luke Willson SEA vs. STL 33 27
30 Owen Daniels DEN vs. CIN 27
31 Coby Fleener IND at MIA 34 28
32 Darren Fells ARI vs. GB 28
33 Jordan Cameron MIA vs. IND 29 31


Week 16 Tight End (TE) Rankings Analysis

By Zach Wilkens (@LopsidedTrades)

At TE I am nervous with Jordan Reed. Reed has never had more than 38 yards in four career games against the Eagles. The Eagles have always dominated tight ends during the Chip Kelly era. That includes just five catches for 37 yards in their first matchup this season, one of his two worst games during a fantastic year.

The Eagles give up the second fewest points to tight ends while showing a weakness to WRs. Expect Kirk Cousins to target Desean Jackson heavily while Reed likely struggles. Because of the season Reed is having I still expect a solid day but I have him at TE7. That means it’s possible you may have a better alternative.

One player I do like is Reed’s opponent Zach Ertz. Ertz has seemed to develop some chemistry with Sam Bradford since Bradford recovered from his injury. Ertz has had nine yards and a touchdown followed by a season high 98 yards, and then a season high eight catches for 78 yards and a score in last week’s game.

I’ve always had a soft spot for Ertz so I am buying into this to an extent and see him as a good stream this week.

Lastly for a really deep option I like 49ers rookie TE Blake Bell. Bell has exceeded 40 yards in three of the past four games. For a sleeper TE owned by almost no one, that isn’t bad at all. I had feared the return of Vance McDonald from a concussion but he managed just 10 yards last week.

Bell also had 56 snaps to McDonald’s 39 so it looks like Bell is indeed the starter. The Lions give up the fourth most points to tight ends including a tie for the most touchdowns allowed at 11. If it’s a deep league and you need to take a flier, Bell is your guy this week.


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