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Hopefully, if you made it to the Fantasy semi-finals in Week 16, you did so with George Kittle, Mark Andrews, Rob Gronkowski, or Dallas Goedert. Then you at least won't have to stress about one position. Notice I didn't say Travis Kelce, we can't count on him because he's currently on the COVID-IR. I'll have waiver wire options for the Kelce managers below, but first, let's talk about those guys in the middle. 

Kyle Pitts, Dawson Knox, Mike Gesicki, and Zach Ertz are all exactly the types of tight ends who have driven us crazy this season. And Week 16 will b no different. Pitts still has just one touchdown on the year, Knox has the toughest matchup on the board, and Gesicki and Ertz have both struggled with consistency on a week-to-week basis. But as you'll see below, they all project better than any streamer. Which means I'm probably going to tell you to start them in Week 16, even if it's not with confidence.

The one exception may be Knox, just because of how incredible the Patriots have been against the position. In fact, I was ready to tell you to sit him until Cole Beasley was ruled out. Now I plan on sticking with him, but I wouldn't blame you for choosing a streamer below instead. Like everything else this time of year, it's what can you live with? The more talented player with the bigger target share against an awful matchup? Or the up-and-down streamer against a worse defense? I'm sticking with Knox, if you aren't, there are options below.

Here's everything else you need to know about tight end in Week 16: 

Week 16 TE Preview
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Who's Out

The following players are not being projected to play Week 16 at this time. Here's what it means:

KC Kansas City • #87
Age: 32 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Blake Bell is also out, so Noah Gray would be a desperation stream.
PIT Pittsburgh • #88
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
You can do better than Zach Gentry
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Numbers to Know
  • 48 -- Kyle Pitts needs 48 yards to pass Jeremy Shockey for the second-best yardage total for a rookie tight end.
  • 15.7% -- Foster Moreau has seen a 15.7% target share in three games without Darren Waller.
  • 6.1 -- The Patriots have allowed a league-low 6.1 PPR FPPG to tight ends this season.
  • 8 -- Cole Kmet has averaged eight targets per game over his last four games.
  • 7 -- Noah Gray has seen seven targets all season. He currently projects as the Chiefs starting tight end.
  • 10 -- The Raiders have allowed 10 touchdowns to tight ends this season, the second most in the NFL behind the Chargers.
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Matchups that matter
ATL Atlanta • #8
Age: 21 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DET ATL -6 O/U 42.5
OPP VS TE
18th
PROJ PTS
13.1
TE RNK
9th
YTD Stats
REC
58
TAR
95
REYDS
847
TD
1
FPTS/G
10.6
CHI Chicago • #80
Age: 30 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYJ NYJ -2.5 O/U 41.5
OPP VS TE
26th
PROJ PTS
7
TE RNK
22nd
YTD Stats
REC
20
TAR
30
REYDS
195
TD
0
FPTS/G
6.9
BUF Buffalo • #88
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NE NE -2.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS TE
1st
PROJ PTS
8.7
TE RNK
6th
YTD Stats
REC
44
TAR
61
REYDS
527
TD
8
FPTS/G
12.2
NE New England • #85
Age: 27 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF NE -2.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS TE
3rd
PROJ PTS
7.8
TE RNK
14th
YTD Stats
REC
41
TAR
58
REYDS
471
TD
9
FPTS/G
10.2
CHI Chicago • #85
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SEA SEA -7 O/U 43.5
OPP VS TE
27th
PROJ PTS
9
TE RNK
23rd
YTD Stats
REC
49
TAR
78
REYDS
490
TD
0
FPTS/G
7
DAL Dallas • #86
Age: 25 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs WAS DAL -10.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS TE
10th
PROJ PTS
11
TE RNK
15th
YTD Stats
REC
61
TAR
82
REYDS
651
TD
5
FPTS/G
11.3
SEA Seattle • #87
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LV LV -1.5 O/U 42
OPP VS TE
30th
PROJ PTS
9.2
TE RNK
12th
YTD Stats
REC
58
TAR
77
REYDS
532
TD
3
FPTS/G
9.9
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Waiver Wire Targets
Week 16 Streamers
CHI Chicago • #85
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SEA SEA -7 O/U 43.5
OPP VS TE
27th
TE RNK
23rd
ROSTERED
40%
YTD Stats
REC
49
TAR
78
REYDS
490
TD
0
FPTS/G
7
Kmet has had intermittent high target games and has a great matchup against Washington.
LV Las Vegas • #87
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DEN LV -1.5 O/U 42
OPP VS TE
4th
TE RNK
NR
ROSTERED
33%
YTD Stats
REC
23
TAR
37
REYDS
247
TD
3
FPTS/G
4.7
Moreau is a solid stream as long as Darren Waller remains out.
CLE Cleveland • #85
Age: 25 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ GB GB -7 O/U 44.5
OPP VS TE
20th
TE RNK
10th
ROSTERED
36%
Njoku is a very good stream if Landry and Hooper remain out.
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DFS Plays
Top Play
Projections powered by Sportsline
TB Tampa Bay • #87
Age: 33 • Experience: 12 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CAR TB -10.5 O/U 44
OPP VS TE
12th
PROJ PTS
12.2
TE RNK
4th
YTD Stats
REC
40
TAR
67
REYDS
527
TD
6
FPTS/G
14.3
The loss of Chris Godwin and Mike Evans should lead to an increased target share for Gronkowski.
Contrarian Play
Projections powered by Sportsline
ATL Atlanta • #8
Age: 21 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DET ATL -6 O/U 42.5
OPP VS TE
18th
PROJ PTS
13.1
TE RNK
9th
YTD Stats
REC
58
TAR
95
REYDS
847
TD
1
FPTS/G
10.6
I still think there's an explosion coming from Pitts before the season's end. He's done everything but score touchdowns. Don't be surprised if he scores in bunches once he does.
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Heath's Projections

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