Our Week 16 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em is an in-depth look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they will impact your lineup decisions for your fantasy football team. Our list of Week 16 tight end starts and sits features regular fantasy starters, as well as lesser-known players, who are likely to exceed expectations based on a favorable matchup, or fail to meet expectations due to the strength of their opponent.
In a fantastic matchup on Monday Night vs. the Lions, Jason Witten will have a solid chance at finishing the week as a top six option at the tight end position. The Lions have struggled mightily at covering tight ends and Witten projects to have a solid opportunity to get the job at home. While the Cowboys haven’t relied on him consistently throughout this season, he’s still displayed chemistry with Dak Prescott throughout the year and the rookie quarterback hasn’t be afraid to target Witten in chunks. Coming off a 10-reception performance last week against the Bucs, Witten will look to carry that momentum into this week.
While there’s no question that Hunter Henry would benefit from a situation that was exempt of Antonio Gates, he’s shown big potential during his rookie campaign. Henry has reeled in 7 TDs on the year, immediately gaining the trust of Philip Rivers, especially in the redzone. With a matchup set for this weekend against a Browns team that allows the most points to opposing tight ends, there’s a good chance Henry cashes in for a touchdown, or at least has opportunities at posting some big plays. Henry will be a legit TE1 for this week.
Cameron Brate has been one of the league’s better stories this season, as the third-year undrafted player out of Harvard has been one of fantasy’s most consistent tight ends. Continuing to post solid lines, Brate turned in a 5-73-1 line in last week’s loss to the Cowboys. This week, Jameis Winston and the Bucs offense will rely on Brate to be an integral part of the passing game in a must-win situation, as Tampa Bay looks to keep pace for the last wildcard spot in the NFC. Brate will be a solid TE1 option for fantasy owners this week.
With Jordan Reed nursing a shoulder injury and extremely questionable to play this week, Vernon Davis should operate as Washington’s primary tight end for Saturday’s game against the Bears. Coming off a mediocre performance in Monday Night’s loss to the Panthers, Davis’ performance was highlighted by a drop on an out route by the goal line that he would have surely scored on. With or without Reed, Davis won’t be more than a TD dependent option for this weekend. If he isn’t able to find the end zone, he’s not likely to contribute much to playoff matchups.
Not having posted more than 42 receiving yards since Week 7, Gary Barnidge has barely maintained any semblance of fantasy production this season. He’s only recorded 1 receiving touchdown over those last seven games and his contributions to the Browns moving forward should remain up in the air. Barnidge won’t carry any value for the rest of the 2016 season and will be a sure-fire sit for the fantasy playoffs.
Although, Jermaine Gresham has taken control as the primary Cardinals pass-catcher on a team that rarely utilizes the tight end position, he still hasn’t been able to solidify himself as a useful fantasy option. The veteran tight end out of Oklahoma has totaled 35 receptions for 351 yards and 2 TDs on the year and gets an extremely difficult matchup with the Seahawks in Seattle for this weekend. Gresham won’t maintain any fantasy value for even the most desperate of fantasy owners at the tight end postion. Sit ’em!