Week 16 – Tight End Rankings

Andrew Quarless had a second consecutive solid outing with 66 yards and a score.  Tim Wright made his way back on the map with 82 yards and a TD.  Delanie Walker and Zach Ertz were the other bright spots for Week 15.

Jimmy Graham, Jordan Cameron, and Charles Clay put up major stinkers.  If your team managed to survive despite their minuscule outputs, you are quite lucky.

Week 16 is a Fantasy Championship week for some leagues, and the semi finals for others. Either way, it’s crucial that you start your best option at tight end.

If you want personalized advice or help with your lineup for Week 16, comment below this article, or contact us in our **Forums/Community** section. 

Andrew Quarless of the Green Bay Packers

 Q = Questionable, P = Probable

Note: Opponents are always taken into account when ranking players week to week.

RankPlayerTeamStatusWeek 16
Avg. Points
1Jimmy GrahamNO@CAR13.7
2Julius ThomasDEN@HOU11.1
3Vernon DavisSFATL11.6
4Jason WittenDAL@WAS8.5
5Tony GonzalezATL@SF8.3
6Greg OlsenCARNO7.4
7Martellus BennettCHI@PHI6.7
8Antonio GatesSDOAK6.7
9Delanie WalkerTEN@JAC6.7
10Jordan CameronCLE OUT@NYJ9.1
11Dennis PittaBALNE10.8
12Garrett GrahamHOUQDEN6.3
13Charles ClayMIA@BUF7.4
14Coby FleenerIND@KC6.1
15Heath MillerPIT@GB5.0
16Tim WrightTB@STL5.2
17Andrew QuarlessGBPIT2.7
18Zach ErtzPHICHI4.6
19Tyler EifertCINMIN4.0
20Jared CookSTLTB6.0


1. Jimmy Graham – Despite a bad game last week, he is still by far the best option at tight end.  A tough matchup, but he should bounce back.

2. Julius Thomas  – He’s facing the NFL’s worst team in Houston. Peyton Manning should pick them apart, and Thomas will have a hand in it.

3. Vernon Davis – A touchdown in 5 straight games, and a great matchup against a poor Falcons defense.

4. Jason Witten – He has scored two weeks in a row, and faces a weak Redskins defense. Dallas needs a win desperately. No exceptions.

5. Tony Gonzalez – The Falcons offense is picking up pace, but playing in San Francisco is another animal.

6. Greg Olsen – He’s as consistent as it gets. He had 8 catches in the last meeting with the Saints.

7. Martellus BennettJay Cutler seems to favor Bennett a bit more than Josh McCown did. That’s good news for Bennett owners.

8. Antonio Gates – He has struggled a lot recently, but the Raiders defense is not the best, to say it nicely. The Chargers are still in the playoff hunt.

9. Delanie Walker – He’s coming along nicely, and had 62 yards and a TD in his last meeting with the Jaguars.

10. Jordan Cameron – Cameron is out this week with a concussion.  Taking his place will be MarQuies Gray.

11-15. Garrett Graham is listed as questionable, but has a good matchup (Denver) this week if he does play.  Charles Clay and Coby Fleener disappeared last week. They should bounce back, but if you have a better option, try to stay away from these two.  Dennis Pitta had a tough game against the Lions, but they were ranked 3rd best against tight ends. He should see more opportunities this week.

16-20. Andrew Quarless has been great the last two weeks, and if Aaron Rodgers returns this week, that is a big boost to his value.  Zach Ertz took advantage of the Eagles abandoning the running game last week. He is a special talent. A favorable matchup this week against the Bears.  Jared Cook is a physical specimen, but is still losing targets to Lance Kendricks, which doesn’t help one bit.

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Addison Witt

Head Fantasy Football writer for FTA. Fluent in English and Box Scores.Lives in Indianapolis, but born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Fan of the Bengals, Reds, Cavaliers, and THE Ohio State University.
  • Anonymous

    Quarless or Fleener in week 16

  • Adam

    Gates or eifert or paulsen for week 16

  • Anonymous

    Gates or Zach Miller?

  • Anonymous

    it might be a coin flip and many would like to have this problem but i;m going to need every point Sunday to win it all.Tony Gonzalez or Delanie Walker? I’ve had TG all season and he got me here.,, I just snagged Walker by chance and like his match up better, Bad karma to switch?