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2020 Fantasy Football: Week 16 tight end rankings

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It's officially championship week!

If you've made it this far, you're probably not searching the waiver wire for a tight end pickup. With that being said, there are plenty of options for who to play at tight end this week.

Here are the best tight end options for Week 16.

Byes: None


1. Travis Kelce (Chiefs) vs. Falcons

  • 2020 stats: 98 receptions, 1,318 yards, 10 TDs

Travis Kelce is on pace to turn in the best single-season by a tight end in NFL history. He's not only the best TE option every week, but arguably the best tight end OR wide receiver play each week, too. He's a must-start. Obviously.

2. Darren Waller (Raiders) vs. Dolphins

  • 2020 stats: 93 receptions, 967 yards, 8 TDs

Waller has had an incredible season, but it's largely been overshadowed by Travis Kelce's dominance. If Kelce isn't an option, there's been no better play than Waller this season.

3. George Kittle (49ers) vs. Cardinals

  • 2020 stats: 37 receptions, 474 yards, 2 TDs

Wait, what? George Kittle is back? By most accounts, Kittle is expected to come off of Injured Reserve this week to face Arizona. Sure, Arizona might defend tight ends well, but Kittle is as talented as anyone at the position when he plays. If Kittle is active, he's an obvious must-start.

4. Logan Thomas (Washington) vs. Panthers

  • 2020 stats: 62 receptions, 570 yards, 5 TDs

Logan Thomas turned in a career-high in receptions this past week against Seattle, hauling in 13 grabs for his first career 100-yard game. This week, Thomas faces a Panthers defense that struggled to defend tight ends. With Dwayne Haskins potentially under center once again, expect Thomas to be a focal point of Washington's attack this week.

5. TJ Hockenson (Lions) vs. Buccaneers

  • 2020 stats: 60 receptions, 675 yards, 6 TDs


Hockenson has made the second-year jump the Lions were hoping for, emerging as one of the better tight ends in football this season. Last week was one to forget for the tight end, but he's a prime bounce-back candidate this week against Tampa Bay.

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6. Dallas Goedert (Eagles) vs. Cowboys

  • 2020 stats: 43 receptions, 486 yards, 3 TDs

Dallas Goedert and Jalen Hurts aren't exactly on the same page just yet. However, it should only be a matter of time before the two start to click. Dallas has surprisingly defended tight ends well this season, but this week could be an exception.

7. Mark Andrews (Ravens) vs. Giants

  • 2020 stats: 48 receptions, 598 yards, 7 TDs

Andrews and Lamar Jackson have developed quite the connection over the past two seasons. Although the tight end has proven to be a tad touchdown-dependent in fantasy this season, the Giants' defense is average against tight ends, meaning he could be in for a big day.

8. Robert Tonyan (Packers) vs. Titans

  • 2020 stats: 49 receptions, 551 yards, 10 TDs

The touchdown machine just continues to score. Robert Tonyan has been a pleasant surprise for the Packers this season, and it's clear that he's earned Aaron Rodgers' trust. No tight end has found the end zone more than Tonyan this season (Kelce also has 10 scores). That could very well continue this week, especially with Tonyan playing with a chip on his shoulder after missing out on the Pro Bowl, a nod he certainly deserved over Evan Engram.

9. Rob Gronkowski (Buccaneers) vs. Lions

  • 2020 stats: 41 receptions, 536 yards, 5 TDs

It's hard to know what to expect every week with Gronk. Regardless, though, he remains a top 10 play in fantasy at the position. Start him this week against Detroit.

10. Eric Ebron (Steelers) vs. Colts

  • 2020 stats: 51 receptions, 511 yards, 4 TD

Ebron played just 10 snaps against the Bengals before leaving with an injury, but should be good to go this week against the Colts. And the Steelers need their top tight end in the lineup as the offense looks to get back on track before the playoffs.

11. Evan Engram (Giants) vs. Ravens

  • 2020 stats: 54 receptions, 572 yards, 2 TDs

12. Mike Gesicki (Dolphins) vs. Raiders

  • 2020 stats: 44 receptions, 602 yards, 6 TDs

13. Noah Fant (Broncos) vs. Chargers

  • 2020 stats: 52 receptions, 560 yards, 3 TDs

14. Austin Hooper (Browns) vs. Jets

  • 2020 stats: 35 receptions, 327 yards, 3 TDs

15. Jordan Akins (Texans) vs. Bengals

  • 2020 stats: 32 receptions, 355 yards, 1 TD