The absence of JuJu Smith-Schuster should push more targets to Vance McDonald. He’s been moved up to TE9.
Nelson Agholor will likely miss, which should open up more targets underneath, so Dallas Goedert gets a boost to TE6 in a good matchup.
Phillip Dorsett and Mohamed Sanu look unlikely to play, which moves Ben Watson up the rankings.
Jonnu Smith also gets a boost with Delanie Walker doubtful.
The big surprises last week at the tight end position were Ryan Griffin, Kyle Rudolph, Ross Dwelley, and Cameron Brate. Overall, it wasn’t as crazy as many weeks are at the position.
Travis Kelce put up a big game on Monday night and is back as the top play each week. Unfortunately for his backers, he’ll be on a bye in Week 12.
This week we don’t get the Cardinals to pick on, and Austin Hooper is likely out again in a great matchup with Tampa Bay.
TEs on bye: Travis Kelce, Hunter Henry, Kyle Rudolph, Irv Smith Jr.
George Kittle’s status is still up in the air, and we likely won’t know more until Wednesday’s practice. If he plays, he’s, of course, a must start.
Austin Hooper could return to practice this week, but the odds of him playing appear long at this point in the week.
TE Ranking Tiers
If Kittle can go, he’s the top play this week. His backup, Ross Dwelley, scored twice in his absence, but he also faced the worst tight end defense in the league. Zach Ertz saw a huge amount of targets last week and now gets a good matchup at home against Seattle. Darren Waller hasn’t been on fire of late but bounced back last week with a strong game. He remains a top play through usage alone.
Top plays thin out quickly this week. We get Jacob Hollister back, and he’s shown well as one of Russell Wilson’s top targets. As long as their game in Philadelphia is close or the Eagles get a lead, Hollister should get enough work to have fantasy value.
The Bills are tough against tight ends, but Noah Fant has seen enough targets of late to take a flier on if you’re hurting at the position.
It’s hard to trust Ryan Griffin, but he’s produced lately and gets a nice matchup against the Raiders, who allow the third-most fantasy points to the position.
Tight End Rankings, Week 12
|1||George Kittle||SF||vs GB|
|2||Zach Ertz||PHI||vs SEA|
|3||Darren Waller||OAK||@ NYJ|
|4||Mark Andrews||BAL||@ LAR|
|5||Jared Cook||NO||vs CAR|
|6||Dallas Goedert||PHI||vs SEA|
|7||Jacob Hollister||SEA||@ PHI|
|8||Ryan Griffin||NYJ||vs OAK|
|9||Vance McDonald||PIT||@ CIN|
|10||Greg Olsen||CAR||@ NO|
|11||Noah Fant||DEN||@ BUF|
|12||Gerald Everett||LAR||vs BAL|
|13||Eric Ebron||IND||@ HOU|
|14||Jack Doyle||IND||@ HOU|
|15||Benjamin Watson||NE||vs DAL|
|16||Cameron Brate||TB||@ ATL|
|17||Darren Fells||HOU||vs IND|
|18||Jonnu Smith||TEN||vs JAC|
|19||Mike Gesicki||MIA||@ CLE|
|20||T.J. Hockenson||DET||@ WAS|
|21||Jimmy Graham||GB||@ SF|
|22||Jason Witten||DAL||@ NE|
|23||Tyler Eifert||CIN||vs PIT|
|24||Dawson Knox||BUF||vs DEN|
|25||Nick Boyle||BAL||@ LAR|
|26||Jaeden Graham||ATL||vs TB|
|27||Jeremy Sprinkle||WAS||vs DET|
|28||Ben Braunecker||CHI||vs NYG|
|29||Blake Jarwin||DAL||@ NE|
|30||Demetrius Harris||CLE||vs MIA|
|31||Foster Moreau||OAK||@ NYJ|
|32||Jordan Akins||HOU||vs IND|
|33||Tyler Higbee||LAR||vs BAL|
|34||O.J. Howard||TB||@ ATL|
|35||Anthony Firkser||TEN||vs JAC|
|36||Ben Koyack||JAC||@ TEN|
|37||Hayden Hurst||BAL||@ LAR|
|38||Luke Stocker||ATL||vs TB|
|39||Josh Hill||NO||vs CAR|
|40||Kaden Smith||NYG||@ CHI|
|41||Nick O'Leary||JAC||@ TEN|
|42||C.J. Uzomah||CIN||vs PIT|
|43||Matt LaCosse||NE||vs DAL|
|44||Luke Willson||SEA||@ PHI|
|45||Ryan Izzo||NE||vs DAL|
|46||Nick Vannett||PIT||@ CIN|
|47||Scott Simonson||NYG||@ CHI|
|48||Marcedes Lewis||GB||@ SF|
|49||Tyler Kroft||BUF||vs DEN|
|50||Hale Hentges||WAS||vs DET|
|51||Durham Smythe||MIA||@ CLE|
|52||Ross Dwelley||SF||vs GB|
|53||Trevon Wesco||NYJ||vs OAK|
|54||Troy Fumagalli||DEN||@ BUF|
|55||Logan Thomas||DET||@ WAS|
|56||Tommy Sweeney||BUF||vs DEN|
|57||Lee Smith||BUF||vs DEN|
|58||Ian Thomas||CAR||@ NO|
|59||Ricky Seals-Jones||CLE||vs MIA|
|60||Derek Carrier||OAK||@ NYJ|
|61||Levine Toilolo||SF||vs GB|