Week 16 Fantasy Rankings: Tight Ends (TE) Rankings and Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIDecember 19, 2011

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18:  Tight end Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots celebrates after a play against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Aaron Hernandez vs. Dolphins

With Rob Gronkowski having a record-setting season, it’s easy to forget that the Patriots have another talented tight end in Aaron Hernandez, but against the Broncos, it was Hernandez that had the big game. For the second time this year, Hernandez posted over 100 yards receiving and scored his first touchdown in the last six weeks.

While it’s unlikely that Hernandez will come close to his Week 15 numbers against the Dolphins, he’s clearly a top-six tight end to start weekly, especially in PPR leagues. One receiver who could be a key in Hernandez’s odds of continuing an increase in his production is the status of No. 2 receiver Deion Branch. Not only was Branch inactive against the Broncos, but he failed to make the trip out to Denver so keep an eye on his progress if you’re trying to decide on whether you should start him or not.

Brent Celek at Cowboys

What a game it was for Brent Celek as he posted five receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown against the Jets defense. Celek has been on the radar in the second half of the season, but with Michael Vick banged up his upside seemed limited, making him a likely candidate for your bench as a backup option.

Vick clearly looked like the quarterback we remember from a year ago on Sunday, and this week should be another high-scoring game against the Cowboys on the road. A couple of weeks ago, we saw Jake Ballard have a productive game against the Cowboys, so if you’re looking for a starting option this week, take a look at Celek, as he could be sitting on your waiver wire.

More WK 16 Rankings – QB | RB | WR | Flex | Waivers | Start/Sit |

1 Rob Gronkowski Dolphins
2 Jason Witten Eagles
3 Jimmy Graham (I) Falcons
4 Aaron Hernandez Dolphins
5 Antonio Gates @ Lions
6 Tony Gonzalez @ Saints
7 Brent Celek @ Cowboys
8 Jermichael Finley Bears
9 Brandon Pettigrew Chargers
10 Owen Daniels @ Colts
11 Jake Ballard @ Jets
12 Ed Dickson Browns
13 Greg Olsen Buccaneers
14 Jermaine Gresham Cardinals
15 Kellen Winslow @ Panthers
16 Dustin Keller Giants
17 Anthony Fasano @ Patriots
18 Vernon Davis @ Seahawks
19 Heath Miller Rams
20 Joel Dreessen @ Colts