Fantasy Football Week 16 Tight End standings: Dallas Goedert returns to be a must-see on his comeback

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The gap between the haves and have-nots at tight end has been narrowing lately, though not necessarily because there’s been some sudden influx of viable young starters or anything like that. No, unfortunately, it’s because the office elite haven’t been showing up lately.

Dallas Goedert hopes to return from IR this week, but Travis Kelce is averaging just 12.1 PPR points over the last three, well below his all-season average, and Mark Andrews was even worse – he didn’t hit double figures on Fantasy scoring in any of their last four games. Kelce is still TE3 in that time frame, so I can’t say I’m too worried about him.

Goedert and Andrews? Yes, I have a few questions, so before we get to my Week 16 ranking at tight end, here are my thoughts on three big questions about the position:

Where will Dallas Goedert rank if he plays?

I thought Goedert would play last week, but he ended up not being released, so I’ll hold his ranking until we know if he’s playing. If he does, he’ll definitely be a top-five option and could go as high as No. 3. I’m always a little concerned about trusting a player who immediately leaves IR, but Goedert was so good before his injury – and the tight end it’s so bad – I’m willing to roll the dice. It doesn’t hurt that Goedert caught six passes for 105 yards and two goals in the only game he played with Gardner Minshew last season. The projected loss of Jalen Hurts is a negative for the Eagles offense as a whole, obviously, but Minshew is a good enough passer not to be catastrophic.

Is Mark Andrews still a must have TE?

I can’t help but feel that we’re going to find out after the season that Andrews hasn’t been healthy for very long. In the first six games, Andrews was on pace with a career-high 110 receptions, 1,289 yards and 14 touchdowns. However, he was held out in Week 7 and then missed most of Week 8 and all of Week 9 with knee and shoulder injuries, and he just hasn’t been the same since. He only topped 55 yards once in his last five games, with a 54.3% receiving rate and just 42.8 yards per game. Lamar Jackson’s absence obviously didn’t help. I still wouldn’t be able to seat Andrews despite his struggles—especially if Jackson is back from his own knee injury—but it’s hard to see Andrews as an obvious difference maker at this point.

Is Chigoziem Okonkwo a mandatory TE?

He’s solidly a TE who can get started, but I’m not willing to go much further than that. There’s clearly a pretty solid skill set here, and he’s going to be a very popular prospect this offseason as we gear up for the 2023 season. But it’s important to keep some perspective here – he’s got more than five targets in a game just once and still did not exceed 70 yards. His role in the Titans’ offense is growing, but he’s still not a player who always loses – he’s only surpassed 50% snap share twice, though both came in the last three weeks. He’s got a good matchup against a poor Texans defense this week, but with Ryan Tannehill aggravating his ankle injury again, this could be a very heavy game script for the Titans, which makes it harder for Okonkwo to break through. He’s at the TE1 limit for me.

Here are my Week 16 rankings at tight end:

  1. Travis Kelce vs SEA
  2. TJ Hockenson vs. NYG
  3. Dallas Goedert @DAL
  4. Mark Andrews vs ATL
  5. George Kittle vs WAS
  6. Darren Waller @PIT
  7. Dalton Schultz vs PHI
  8. Evan Engram @NYJ
  9. David Njoku vs. NOT
  10. Cole Kmet vs. BUF
  11. Gerald Everett @IND
  12. Pat Freiermuth vs LV
  13. Greg Dulcich @LAR
  14. Dawson Knox @CHI
  15. Tyler Higbee vs. DEN
  16. Taysom Hill @CLE
  17. Chigoziem Okonkwo vs. HOU
  18. Noah Fant @KC
  19. Robert Tonyan @MIA
  20. Daniel Bellinger @MIN
  21. Tyler Conklin vs. JAX
  22. Hunter Henry vs CIN
  23. Juwan Johnson @CLE
  24. Cameron Brate @ARI