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Tight end PPR rankings for Week 16 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best PPR tight ends going in Week 16 for fantasy football, including a few viable streamers.

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) scores a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the second quarter at Levi’s Stadium. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Friday injury report

George Kittle is coming off IR and will play. He could be on a snap count of some sort, but is still a good start at a weak position.

Hunter Henry has been placed on the Covid-19 list and Donald Parham should get the start. Parham has some boom or bust fantasy appeal against the Broncos.

Dan Arnold was added to the Thursday injury report with a back injury. That’s not a great sign before their matchup with the 49ers.

Mike Gesicki got in two limited practices and again looks like a game-time decision. If he can go, he’s worth a start against the Raiders on Saturday.

Out: Richard Rodgers (ankle), Jace Sternberger (concussion, illness)
Doubtful: Demetrius Harris (foot)
Questionable: Dan Arnold (back), Maxx Williams (ankle), Darrell Daniels (hamstring), Mike Gesicki (shoulder), Blake Bell (illness)

Thursday injury report

Kyle Rudolph was ruled out for the Vikings Christmas Day game against the Saints. Irv Smith once again gets the call for lead snaps at TE and is worth consideration in DFS.

DNP: Jace Sternberger (concussion, illness), Jonnu Smith (knee)
Limited: Mike Gesicki (shoulder)
Full: Eric Ebron (back), Evan Engram (calf)

Wednesday injury report:

Eric Ebron didn’t practice Wednesday due to a back injury that took him out of Monday night’s game. He is likely to suit up this week, but will need to get back to practice.

Kyle Rudolph didn’t practice again with his foot injury. Irv Smith Jr. and Tyler Conklin have been splitting work in his place.

Mike Gesicki was limited again with his shoulder injury. Limited practices last week didn’t get him ready to play, so we’ll see how it goes this week.

DNP: Hunter Henry (illness), Eric Ebron (back), Kyle Rudolph (foot)
Limited: Mike Gesicki (shoulder), Mo Alie-Cox (knee), Evan Engram (calf)
Full: Geoff Swaim (ankle)

Week 15 was a good one for those fantasy playoff teams with Darren Waller, Logan Thomas, Travis Kelce, and Noah Fant rostered. All three broke the 20 point barrier for PPR scoring, as they caught eight or more passes and three scored touchdowns.

This season, the tight end position has been so bad because only Kelce and Waller have been true target hogs at the position. Both have topped 130 targets while no other tight end has hit 100 this season.

Injury news

Eric Ebron had to leave Monday night’s game after taking a hit in the back. The good news is that he didn’t suffer any organ damage and appears to be on track to play against his old team the Colts.

George Kittle could return this week against the Cardinals, but how much work he would see is up for debate.

Streaming options

Jordan Akins, Texans

Akins remains risky, but he gets a good matchup with the Bengals, who rank second-worst in allowing fantasy points to tight ends this season. Akins caught five-of-six targets for 50 yards last week and I expect his workload to be similar for the fantasy championships.

Noah Fant, Broncos

Fant broke out last week and has been one of Drew Lock’s favorite targets when healthy. Health has been a problem for Fant and it has burned some fantasy managers this year, but his workload is one of the best in the league and that trumps a lot of problems, especially at tight end.

Tight end PPR rankings for Week 3

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Travis Kelce KC vs LAC
2 Darren Waller LV vs MIA
3 T.J. Hockenson DET vs BAL
4 George Kittle SF vs GB
5 Mark Andrews BAL @ DET
6 Kyle Pitts ATL @ NYG
7 Rob Gronkowski TB @ LAR
8 Noah Fant DEN vs NYJ
9 Robert Tonyan GB @ SF
10 Logan Thomas WAS @ BUF
11 Dallas Goedert PHI @ DAL
12 Tyler Higbee LAR vs TB
13 Jared Cook LAC @ KC
14 Jonnu Smith NE vs NO
15 Juwan Johnson NO @ NE
16 Austin Hooper CLE vs CHI
17 Hunter Henry NE vs NO
18 Cole Kmet CHI @ CLE
19 Blake Jarwin DAL vs PHI
20 Mike Gesicki MIA @ LV
21 Gerald Everett SEA @ MIN
22 Dalton Schultz DAL vs PHI
23 Tyler Conklin MIN vs SEA
24 Dawson Knox BUF vs WAS
25 Dan Arnold CAR @ HOU
26 Jack Doyle IND @ TEN
27 David Njoku CLE vs CHI
28 Pat Freiermuth PIT vs CIN
29 Eric Ebron PIT vs CIN
30 Kyle Rudolph NYG vs ATL
31 Hayden Hurst ATL @ NYG
32 Tyler Kroft NYJ @ DEN
33 Adam Trautman NO @ NE
34 Albert Okwuegbunam DEN vs NYJ
35 Anthony Firkser TEN vs IND
36 Zach Ertz PHI @ DAL
37 C.J. Uzomah CIN @ PIT
38 Maxx Williams ARI @ JAC
39 Harrison Bryant CLE vs CHI
40 Jordan Akins HOU vs CAR
41 Chris Manhertz JAC vs ARI
42 O.J. Howard TB @ LAR
43 Foster Moreau LV vs MIA
44 Jimmy Graham CHI @ CLE
45 Pharaoh Brown HOU vs CAR
46 Ian Thomas CAR @ HOU
47 Geoff Swaim TEN vs IND
48 Mo Alie-Cox IND @ TEN
49 Kaden Smith NYG vs ATL
50 Will Dissly SEA @ MIN
51 Ryan Griffin NYJ @ DEN
52 Donald Parham Jr. LAC @ KC
53 Chris Herndon IV MIN vs SEA
54 Derek Carrier LV vs MIA
55 Cameron Brate TB @ LAR
56 Ricky Seals-Jones WAS @ BUF
57 Josh Oliver BAL @ DET
58 Marcedes Lewis GB @ SF
59 MyCole Pruitt TEN vs IND
60 Tommy Hudson TEN vs IND
61 Blake Bell KC vs LAC
62 Durham Smythe MIA @ LV
63 Ross Dwelley SF vs GB
64 Darrell Daniels ARI @ JAC
65 Kylen Granson IND @ TEN
66 Lee Smith ATL @ NYG
67 Luke Farrell JAC vs ARI
68 Eric Saubert DEN vs NYJ
69 Cethan Carter MIA @ LV
70 Darren Fells DET vs BAL
71 Jack Stoll PHI @ DAL
72 Drew Sample CIN @ PIT
73 Evan Engram NYG vs ATL
74 James O'Shaughnessy JAC vs ARI
75 Hunter Long MIA @ LV