My Week 16 fantasy football tight end rankings might be a bit surprising to frequent readers. The simple reason is that I have one of my favorite TEs this year, Darren Waller, outside of the top three this week.
Yes, I dropped him all the way to No. 4 this week. Don't freak out. If you are a Waller owner, you should still start him. I will more than simply say he should have TE1 numbers this week. He will have TE1 numbers this week. But the three tight ends above him have all had pretty good years this year and Waller's matchup against Miami scares me just enough to knock him down a couple of slots.
But there are more important places to focus on, starting with Dawson Knox. The Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) don't even have him as a TE2, let alone inside the top 20 like me. And Knox is very quietly rising up the rankings, apparently more quietly than many realize! So he's not Travis Kelce or Darren Waller. Heck, he's not even Logan Thomas right now, but over the last three weeks, Dawson has been the 12th-best fantasy TE. And that is TE1 territory, far higher than the TE3 territory that the ECR is ranking him.
In more tangible terms, Knox has 15 targets over the last three weeks and two touchdowns. He is now fourth on the team in total red-zone targets as well. Not bad for someone who missed four games earlier this year. And the Bills are not only in the hunt for the No. 1 seed in the AFC, they also are playing like it.
And you probably didn't notice, but Miami's backup TE, Durham Smythe, just caught all five of his targets against the Patriots this past week. If I was a Patriot fan, I might "shuddah" at what Knox could do against my team's D this week.
NFL TE Rankings: Week 16
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.
(Dawson Knox photo by Bill Wippert, courtesy of buffalobills.com)