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How to handle Evan Engram’s injury in Week 14 fantasy football

The Giants tight end has been ruled out for Monday’s game.

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram warms up before his game against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

When the New York Giants take the field Monday night in Philadelphia, they will be without tight end Evan Engram. The team officially ruled him out on Saturday afternoon ahead of the game. Backup tight end Rhett Ellison is out too.

There was some hope that Engram might return to the field. He managed to get in some work at practice this week, and there were even some reports that he was expected to play this week against the Eagles. Nope. Engram is dealing with a foot injury, and he has not played since Week 9. But there is at least now some reason to expect him to be back next week against the Dolphins.

Ellison is out again. He still has not cleared the league’s concussion protocol.

That leaves Kaden Smith as the team’s starting tight end for the second week in a row.

Fantasy football analysis, New York Giants TE Evan Engram

Smith is an interesting option. He gets lots of playing time, and a fair number of targets as well. In Week 12, his first game thrust into the role, he caught five of six targets for 17 yards against the Bears. Last week against the Packers, he caught six of eight passes for 70 yards. Smith isn’t a No. 1 tight end in fantasy, but he does make for a sneaky pick if you need help at the position.