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Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings From the Most Accurate Experts

Dec 14, 2019

Here’s a look at Week 15 fantasy football rankings from our most accurate experts so far this season. These rankings are for standard scoring fantasy football formats.

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Week 15 Quarterback Rankings

Rank Quarterbacks Team Opp Best Worst Avg Std Dev Proj. Pts
1 Lamar Jackson BAL vs. NYJ 1 1 1 0 23.4
2 Deshaun Watson HOU at TEN 2 5 2.6 1 21.4
3 Drew Brees NO vs. IND 2 6 3.7 1.1 20.4
4 Patrick Mahomes KC vs. DEN 2 8 3.9 0.7 20.3
5 Russell Wilson SEA at CAR 2 7 4.6 1.4 20.1
6 Ryan Tannehill TEN vs. HOU 3 11 6.3 1.5 19.9
7 Jameis Winston TB at DET 3 19 7.4 1.7 18.9
8 Jimmy Garoppolo SF vs. ATL 6 13 8.4 1.3 18.5
9 Dak Prescott DAL vs. LAR 5 15 8.8 1.6 17.9
10 Kyler Murray ARI vs. CLE 7 16 9.2 1.2 17.4
11 Aaron Rodgers GB vs. CHI 9 17 11.3 1.4 17.4
12 Baker Mayfield CLE at ARI 8 17 11.9 1.2 17.3
13 Carson Wentz PHI at WAS 7 21 14.1 1.8 17.2
14 Tom Brady NE at CIN 8 21 14.9 1.8 16.8
15 Jared Goff LAR at DAL 13 23 15.4 1.6 16.5
16 Ryan Fitzpatrick MIA at NYG 11 22 15.7 2 16.3
17 Kirk Cousins MIN at LAC 13 24 15.9 2.4 16.2
18 Gardner Minshew JAC at OAK 13 22 18.2 1.5 16.2
19 Josh Allen BUF at PIT 10 28 19.6 2.1 16.1
20 Eli Manning NYG vs. MIA 14 25 21.1 2.9 15.3

 
Ryan Tannehill (TEN)
Ryan Tannehill has been absolutely on fire for fantasy football since his first start in Week 7, averaging 22.6 fantasy points per week, which is second only to Lamar Jackson. Across the entire season, Tannehill ranks first in passer rating (109.4), first in yards per attempt (9.42), first in adjusted yards per attempt (9.35) and second in fantasy points per dropback (0.64). What I am trying to say is that Tannehill has not just been great to his standards but among the best in the league this season. Clearly, that work he did with Peyton Manning is paying off tenfold. This week, Tannehill and the Titans face the Houston Texans, who have really struggled defensively as of late. The Texans have given up the most fantasy points to QBs over the past five weeks (24.7). They even got lit up by Drew Lock and the Broncos last week, which should make them hungry for a bounce-back game, though that will likely have to come from their offense. The combination of the weak defense and the pressure Deshaun Watson and the Texans offense should keep on Tannehill to stay aggressive makes him a quality QB1 option this week. Also, Derrick Henry was dealing with lower body issues last week, which could lead to more passing attempts this week, if they are still an issue.

Dak Prescott (DAL)
He’s coming off back-to-back brutal matchups against the Bills and Bears, though he was able to post rock-solid fantasy numbers (17.4-plus) in each of them. It surely helps that he threw the ball 49 times in each of those games, but that’s seemingly a regular thing with him nowadays, as he’s thrown 46-plus passes in four of the last five games. The Rams defense presents another tough matchup for him, as they’re coming off a game where they held Russell Wilson touchdown-less for the first time in a calendar year. There are just three quarterbacks who’ve averaged more than 7.36 yards per attempt against the Rams all year, and two of them were prior to acquiring Jalen Ramsey. This is a must-win game for both teams, as both are vying for a playoff spot, and it should bring the best out of them. Outside of getting embarrassed by Lamar Jackson (who hasn’t?) for five touchdowns in Week 12, the Rams have allowed just three passing touchdowns since Week 5. That’s a span of seven games, which is rather impressive. The 61.8 percent completion-rate ranks 7th-best, 6.70 yards per attempt ranks 5th-best, and 3.84 percent touchdown-rate ranks 10th-best. Prescott also reportedly suffered a sprained left hand and injury to his right index finger against the Bears, adding another level of uncertainty. He’s more of a high-end QB2 this week than the must-start QB1 he typically is.

Baker Mayfield (CLE)
After seeming like he was on the right track, Mayfield took a giant step back in fantasy owners’ hearts last week after he completed just 11 passes for 192 yards and no touchdowns against the Bengals. There was some concern about him not living up to expectations due to the run-game going off, but nobody expected what we saw take place. He’s now totaled less than 200 yards passing in three of his last four games, but should you be considering him as a streamer this week? Absolutely. The Cardinals are the worst pass defense in the league, and it’s not even close. Let’s count the ways: They have allowed 8.40 yards per attempt (3rd-most), a 6.64 percent touchdown-rate (3rd-most), and a ridiculous 71.8 percent completion-rate (highest in NFL). They’ve allowed an average of 26.6 completions per game. Not pass attempts, but completions. They’ve allowed an average of 311.5 passing yards and 2.46 passing touchdowns per game. The only three quarterbacks who didn’t finish as top-12 options were Russell Wilson (odd), Daniel Jones, and Devlin Hodges. The only quarterbacks who failed to finish with at least 7.4 yards per attempt were Andy Dalton and Daniel Jones. There is absolutely nothing to dislike about the matchup, outside of the fact that Mayfield has been maddeningly inconsistent. Still, this matchup is good enough where he’s in the low-end QB1 conversation.

Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA)
Fitzpatrick didn’t have the best performance in Week 14 despite a strong matchup against the Jets but Devante Parker was knocked out of the game with a concussion. If Parker is back and healthy against the Giants, Fitz will be a top streamer at the position.

Week 15 Running Back Rankings

Rank Running Backs Team Opp Best Worst Avg Std Dev Proj. Pts
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR vs. SEA 1 2 1.1 0.3 22
2 Derrick Henry TEN vs. HOU 1 5 2.5 0.9 20.4
3 Chris Carson SEA at CAR 1 10 3.3 1.1 18.3
4 Dalvin Cook MIN at LAC 2 7 4.1 1 17.4
5 Saquon Barkley NYG vs. MIA 2 11 5.5 1.8 17.3
6 Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs. LAR 3 9 5.7 0.9 17.1
7 Leonard Fournette JAC at OAK 4 12 6.9 1.3 16.8
8 Nick Chubb CLE at ARI 3 10 8 1 15.2
9 Alvin Kamara NO vs. IND 5 13 9.6 1.5 15.1
10 Aaron Jones GB vs. CHI 6 18 9.9 1 14.3
11 Todd Gurley LAR at DAL 8 12 10.7 1.2 14
12 Melvin Gordon LAC vs. MIN 9 16 12.3 1.3 13.8
13 Mark Ingram BAL vs. NYJ 11 20 13.5 1.9 13.8
14 Phillip Lindsay DEN at KC 9 23 15 1.9 13.7
15 Austin Ekeler LAC vs. MIN 13 21 15.9 1.6 13.3
16 Raheem Mostert SF vs. ATL 8 29 17.2 3.7 12.8
17 Joe Mixon CIN vs. NE 15 24 18.6 1.9 12.7
18 Miles Sanders PHI at WAS 15 33 19.7 2.9 12.4
19 Le’Veon Bell NYJ at BAL 16 31 20 2.9 12.1
20 David Montgomery CHI at GB 13 30 20.1 2.2 11.9
21 Devin Singletary BUF at PIT 14 26 20.7 2 11.9
22 James White NE at CIN 20 32 24 1.7 11.2
23 Kareem Hunt CLE at ARI 17 28 24 1.6 11.1
24 Kenyan Drake ARI vs. CLE 17 31 25.7 2.1 10.9
25 Marlon Mack IND at NO 15 32 26.9 3.2 10.7
26 Devonta Freeman ATL at SF 19 32 27.2 2 10.6
27 Patrick Laird MIA at NYG 19 35 28.8 2.6 10
28 Adrian Peterson WAS vs. PHI 21 38 29.3 2.3 9.6
29 Sony Michel NE at CIN 21 39 29.8 2.6 9.2
30 James Conner PIT vs. BUF 13 75 27.5 14.6 9.1
31 LeSean McCoy KC vs. DEN 29 47 33 2.6 9.1
32 Ronald Jones II TB at DET 26 38 33.1 2.2 8.8
33 DeAndre Washington OAK vs. JAC 11 67 33.5 8.7 8.6
34 Josh Jacobs OAK vs. JAC 4 79 24.2 14.7 8.5
35 Carlos Hyde HOU at TEN 29 45 34.7 1.6 8.5
36 Jamaal Williams GB vs. CHI 30 40 35.2 2 8.4
37 Tarik Cohen CHI at GB 27 43 37.4 1.7 8.3
38 Duke Johnson HOU at TEN 33 45 37.7 2.2 8.1
39 Bo Scarbrough DET vs. TB 29 63 39.4 6.7 8
40 Latavius Murray NO vs. IND 27 49 39.9 2.6 8
41 Royce Freeman DEN at KC 29 48 41.6 2.5 7.9
42 Matt Breida SF vs. ATL 33 51 42.1 3.1 7.7
43 Peyton Barber TB at DET 39 49 43.7 1.6 7.6
44 David Johnson ARI vs. CLE 37 53 43.7 3.6 7.4
45 Chris Thompson WAS vs. PHI 39 55 46.3 2.6 7.2
46 Boston Scott PHI at WAS 32 68 46.5 6.9 7.1
47 Darwin Thompson KC vs. DEN 37 71 48.6 6.1 6.9
48 Nyheim Hines IND at NO 36 60 49 3.1 6.8
49 Jalen Richard OAK vs. JAC 41 59 49.1 3.7 6.6
50 Benny Snell Jr. PIT vs. BUF 27 65 49.3 8.9 6.2

 
Chris Carson (SEA)
So much for Carson losing the grip on the starting job. Rashaad Penny injured his ACL early in the first quarter against the Rams, allowing Carson to rack-up 19 touches in the losing effort. There’s not a better spot to bounce-back for the entire Seahawks offense than heading out to play the Panthers, a team that’s allowed at least 29 points to each of their last four opponents. Injuries on the defensive line haven’t helped, but they’ve been torched by running backs all season, allowing a league-leading 30.0 PPR points per game to the position. They’ve allowed 21.8 of those points per game on the ground (no other team has allowed more than 18.4), which is right in Carson’s wheelhouse. Let’s do the math: Carson averages 18.9 carries per game while the Panthers allow 5.34 yards per carry. Carson has totaled at least 15 carries in 12-of-13 games while the Panthers have allowed a rushing touchdown every 14.0 carries. It doesn’t take a mathematician to know that Carson’s set-up for a crush spot in Week 15. He needs to be in lineups as an elite RB1 play this week.

Phillip Lindsay (DEN)
The splits over the last four weeks have gone Lindsay 70 touches (62 carries, 8 receptions) and Freeman 32 touches (23 carries, 9 receptions). It still seems it’s close to a 50/50 split once the gamescript goes south, which oddsmakers are expecting here with the Chiefs as 11-point favorites. In the two starts alongside Lock, Freeman has run 36 pass routes while Lindsay has run just 15 of them. It’s almost like Lindsay is the Melvin Gordon of the offense, while Freeman is the Austin Ekeler (with much less efficiency). We saw this matchup earlier in the season where Freeman tallied 67 total yards and a touchdown on 14 touches while Lindsay had his worst game of the year, totaling just 32 total yards on 12 touches. The Chiefs have been one of the most generous teams in the league to running backs, allowing a massive 29.8 PPR points per game, which ranks second to only the Panthers. They’ve faced an average of 29.3 running back touches per game, so there should be enough work for both of these running backs (as there was in the first game) to go around. The 4.98 yards per carry they’ve allowed bodes well for Lindsay, as he’s got almost a 2.5 to 1 edge over Freeman with early-down work. But it’s worth noting that Lindsay averages 11.4 PPR points in losses and 15.6 points in wins.

Melvin Gordon & Austin Ekeler (LAC)
Over the last five weeks, this duo has racked-up a massive 164 touches, or 32.8 per game. Gordon has 102 of them while Ekeler has 62, though Ekeler has kept pace and has actually scored 4.7 more PPR points in that time. After allowing just one team of running backs rush for more than 85 yards over the first eight games, the Vikings have started to show some vulnerability, allowing three of their last five opponents to total 103-plus rushing yards, including a 176-yard, two-touchdown performance from the combination of Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny. The downside is that outside that game against the Seahawks, they’ve allowed just three running backs to finish better than the RB20. They 123.5 total yards per game they’ve allowed to the position ranks 10th-best, so it’s highly unlikely we get two top-20 running backs against them this week. One thing to note is that running backs have totaled just 53 receptions against them, the third-lowest mark in the NFL, though it’s tough to put Ekeler in normal company considering he’s tallied at least four receptions in 10-of-13 games. The gamescript could go south, making Ekeler a bit more appealing than usual, which lowers Gordon into middling RB2 territory against the team that’s allowed just five rushing touchdowns this year. Ekeler can remain in lineups as a mid-to-low-end RB2 who might outperform Gordon.

James White (NE)
It’s tough with White, as running backs haven’t had to do much work against the Bengals through the air. There’ve been just four running backs all year who’ve totaled more than three receptions. When targeted, they are averaging a robust 7.66 yards per target (3rd-highest), and with Brady struggling to get much done, it’s possible he’s treated as a slot receiver. There’s still been just one game all year where White has finished with less than 9.6 PPR points, which highlights a solid RB3 floor, though his upside has been limited. He should be considered a high-end RB3 this week.

Week 15 Wide Receiver Rankings

Rank Wide Receivers Team Opp Best Worst Avg Std Dev Proj. Pts
1 Michael Thomas NO vs. IND 1 2 1 0 19.9
2 DeAndre Hopkins HOU at TEN 1 4 2.1 0.3 17.4
3 Chris Godwin TB at DET 2 7 3.1 0.6 16.2
4 Tyreek Hill KC vs. DEN 2 13 4.1 0.8 15.3
5 Davante Adams GB vs. CHI 4 13 5.3 0.9 15
6 Julian Edelman NE at CIN 4 15 6.5 1 14.2
7 D.J. Moore CAR vs. SEA 4 14 7.6 1.6 14
8 Julio Jones ATL at SF 3 16 8.6 2 13.6
9 Kenny Golladay DET vs. TB 4 15 8.8 2.4 13.4
10 Allen Robinson CHI at GB 7 19 10.1 2.1 13.2
11 Jarvis Landry CLE at ARI 7 27 11.4 1.7 12.9
12 Keenan Allen LAC vs. MIN 10 18 12.5 2.1 12.8
13 Robert Woods LAR at DAL 8 17 13.2 1.8 12.8
14 Cooper Kupp LAR at DAL 9 21 13.6 2.1 12.6
15 Amari Cooper DAL vs. LAR 7 31 15.1 3.5 12.5
16 Stefon Diggs MIN at LAC 11 25 16.6 2.5 12.5
17 Courtland Sutton DEN at KC 11 22 17.3 2.2 12.5
18 A.J. Brown TEN vs. HOU 12 31 17.4 2.5 12.3
19 Emmanuel Sanders SF vs. ATL 4 27 19.1 2.1 12.3
20 Odell Beckham Jr. CLE at ARI 10 40 20 2.2 12.1
21 Michael Gallup DAL vs. LAR 17 36 21.7 2.1 11.8
22 Christian Kirk ARI vs. CLE 15 30 22.4 2.6 11.7
23 Deebo Samuel SF vs. ATL 18 29 22.5 1.9 11.6
24 Tyler Lockett SEA at CAR 11 31 24 3.1 11.5
25 Terry McLaurin WAS vs. PHI 22 35 26.7 2.1 11.3
26 John Brown BUF at PIT 21 33 27.1 2.1 11
27 D.K. Metcalf SEA at CAR 20 50 28.5 3.3 11
28 Dede Westbrook JAC at OAK 24 46 28.8 4.1 10.9
29 Sterling Shepard NYG vs. MIA 26 45 29.7 2.6 10.5
30 Darius Slayton NYG vs. MIA 19 51 31.6 4.5 10.3
31 Mike Williams LAC vs. MIN 22 43 31.9 2.4 10.3
32 Tyler Boyd CIN vs. NE 26 44 32 2.8 10.1
33 Zach Pascal IND at NO 23 39 33.1 2.5 10
34 Adam Thielen MIN at LAC 18 53 33.2 8.4 9.9
35 Marquise Brown BAL vs. NYJ 21 39 34.5 2.6 9.9
36 Robby Anderson NYJ at BAL 27 60 37.1 3.3 9.8
37 Golden Tate NYG vs. MIA 25 47 37.7 3.2 9.7
38 Anthony Miller CHI at GB 30 52 38.2 3.7 9.6
39 Curtis Samuel CAR vs. SEA 34 50 39.4 2.8 9.4
40 Tyrell Williams OAK vs. JAC 32 55 41.1 2.9 9.3
41 Chris Conley JAC at OAK 33 58 42.2 3.8 9.3
42 Jamison Crowder NYJ at BAL 29 51 43.5 3.1 9.1
43 Cole Beasley BUF at PIT 35 57 44.3 3 9
44 Larry Fitzgerald ARI vs. CLE 36 54 46.9 2.9 8.8
45 Allen Hurns MIA at NYG 35 60 46.9 4.3 8.8
46 Sammy Watkins KC vs. DEN 33 57 47.2 4.2 8.7
47 Breshad Perriman TB at DET 38 58 47.2 3.4 8.7
48 James Washington PIT vs. BUF 39 66 49.4 4.3 8.7
49 Danny Amendola DET vs. TB 31 77 49.6 5.9 8.6
50 Kenny Stills HOU at TEN 43 79 50.6 6.3 8.4
51 Randall Cobb DAL vs. LAR 42 71 51.9 3.3 8.3
52 Diontae Johnson PIT vs. BUF 44 68 52.5 4.8 7.9
53 Marcus Johnson IND at NO 35 59 53.9 3.1 7.8
54 Russell Gage ATL at SF 41 63 55.7 3.8 7.7
55 Corey Davis TEN vs. HOU 38 66 55.7 3.9 7.7
56 Brandin Cooks LAR at DAL 49 67 56 4.4 7.4
57 Allen Lazard GB vs. CHI 52 74 60.9 4.3 7.1
58 Kendrick Bourne SF vs. ATL 47 77 61 4 7.1
59 Isaiah Ford MIA at NYG 46 84 61.1 7.6 6.8
60 John Ross CIN vs. NE 57 70 62.4 2.9 6.6

 
D.J. Moore (CAR)
Week 14 was the first time since Week 4 where Moore saw less than eight targets in a game. Fortunately, he was able to turn them into 81 yards, though more was expected in the matchup against the Falcons secondary. The Seahawks have allowed the 13th-most fantasy points to wide receivers, but it’s required volume, as the 1.56 PPR points per target they’ve allowed ranks as the fifth-lowest mark in football, behind only the Patriots, Bills, Ravens, and 49ers. So, we’re going to need that volume to come back. The Seahawks play a lot of zone coverage, which hasn’t been great for Moore, as the quarterback rating when targeting him in zone has been 67.7, while it’s been over 100 against man coverage. The good news is that Moore plays most of his snaps on the left side of the formation, which means he’d see more of Tre Flowers in coverage, who’s easily the worse perimeter cornerback on the Seahawks. Knowing the only time Moore has finished outside of the top-36 wide receivers in the last nine games was against the 49ers, you start him every week, though he’s more of a WR2 this week than the WR1 we’ve come to know him as.

Jarvis Landry (CLE)
He’s now totaled at least 62 yards in 9-of-13 games, something only seven receivers can say. The difference is that Landry has had the touchdowns (particularly over the last six games) that Beckham hasn’t. The Cardinals have a struggling secondary that’s allowed 14 different receivers to hit 60-plus yards, which includes slot-heavy receivers Tyler Boyd, Danny Amendola, Golden Tate, Chris Godwin, and Cooper Kupp. They now have former undrafted free agent Kevin Peterson covering the slot. He’s played just 348 snaps in the NFL over his four years in the league. While in coverage this year, he’s allowed 15-of-21 passing for 241 yards, though he hasn’t been responsible for a touchdown in his coverage yet. It’s not just Peterson, either, as the entire team has combined to allow 94-of-117 passing for 1,210 yards and 11 touchdowns in the slot. That’s an 80.3 percent catch-rate, 10.3 yards per target, and a touchdown every 10.6 targets. How bad is that? Michael Thomas has an 82.3 percent catch-rate, 9.7 yards per target, and scores a touchdown every 21.0 targets. Landry should be locked into lineups as a rock-solid WR2 with top-12 upside.

A.J. Brown (TEN)
It’s about time the Titans start using their best pass-catcher. Brown has been extraordinarily efficient all season and seems to break the first tackle every time he touches the ball. Sometimes, as we saw in Week 14, that leads to a long touchdown reception. He does have some risk from week to week, but considering his great home matchup against the Texans, it is more likely that fantasy owners get a boom week from Brown.

Terry McLaurin (WAS)
McLaurin finally found the end zone again last week, and now he gets a rematch with the Eagles, who helped him start his NFL career out on the right foot in Week 1. He has also been given the second-largest matchup advantage among WRs this week, with a 29% advantage over Ronald Darby, according to Pro Football Focus.

Week 15 Tight End Rankings

Rank Tight Ends Team Opp Best Worst Avg Std Dev Proj. Pts
1 George Kittle SF vs. ATL 1 3 1.5 0.6 13.6
2 Travis Kelce KC vs. DEN 1 4 2.2 0.7 13.5
3 Zach Ertz PHI at WAS 1 5 2.5 0.9 12.5
4 Darren Waller OAK vs. JAC 3 7 4.1 0.4 10.6
5 Hunter Henry LAC vs. MIN 4 11 5.4 1 9.9
6 Tyler Higbee LAR at DAL 3 16 7.5 1.4 9.8
7 Austin Hooper ATL at SF 5 11 7.7 1.4 8.6
8 Jack Doyle IND at NO 5 12 7.8 1.5 8.6
9 Mark Andrews BAL vs. NYJ 6 17 9.2 1.3 7.8
10 Dallas Goedert PHI at WAS 8 18 10.9 1.1 7.6
11 Jared Cook NO vs. IND 1 38 9 5.6 7.6
12 Jacob Hollister SEA at CAR 10 26 13.1 1.6 7.2
13 Mike Gesicki MIA at NYG 11 22 13.7 1.3 7.2
14 Ian Thomas CAR vs. SEA 7 50 14.3 4.8 7
15 Noah Fant DEN at KC 11 18 15.2 1.4 6.6
16 O.J. Howard TB at DET 11 20 16.4 1.7 6.3
17 Kyle Rudolph MIN at LAC 12 28 16.9 1.8 6.2
18 David Njoku CLE at ARI 11 29 17.1 2.6 6.2
19 Jonnu Smith TEN vs. HOU 14 26 19.1 2 6.2
20 Jason Witten DAL vs. LAR 16 24 19.5 1.3 5.7

 
Zach Ertz (PHI)
With the Eagles receivers as banged-up as they are, we knew the tight ends would have to step-in and be difference makers against the Giants. Not only did Ertz and Goedert combine for 18 targets, but third-string tight end Josh Perkins saw five targets. That’s 23 targets in one game to the tight end position. Now going into a matchup with the Redskins, a team that’s allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to the tight end position, we know where Wentz is going this week, right? Tight ends have caught 72.5 percent of the targets thrown their way against the Redskins, which is important because none have seen more than seven targets in their matchup. That includes Ertz, who saw seven targets in Week 1, hauling in five passes for 54 yards while DeSean Jackson went bonkers. Landon Collins has been stable in coverage, but the Eagles present problems with their two tight ends on the field, as the Redskins simply don’t have the depth to contain both of them. Ertz is an auto-play as a TE1.

Jack Doyle (IND)
It was an extremely disappointing game for Doyle, who totaled just two catches for 27 yards on six targets in what appeared to be a dream matchup against the Bucs last week. The Colts lost another receiver to injured reserve, so his target share isn’t going anywhere. The Saints were one of the best in the NFL at defending tight ends last year, allowing just two starters to finish as top-12 options, though things have changed a bit. They’ve allowed seven different tight ends to post numbers good enough for TE13 or better, including 6/67/1 to George Kittle last week. They’ve only faced four tight ends who’ve seen more than five targets and each of them were able to finish as the TE8 or better. As a whole, the Saints have allowed 1.80 PPR points per target, which ranks as the 14th-highest mark in the league. It’s not a smash spot for tight ends, but it should be solid enough for Doyle to post mid-to-low-end TE1 numbers.

O.J. Howard (TB)
It may sound stupid based on how he started the season, but Howard does have 60+ receiving yards in each of the past two weeks. With the state of the tight end position and his upcoming matchup against a terrible Lions defense, that’s enough to make him the top streaming option of the week. Now, add in that Mike Evans is almost certain to miss this game and we could be talking about 7 or 8 targets too.

Jonnu Smith (TEN)
This timeshare with the Titans gets uglier by the week, as the tight ends combined to run 24 routes last week. Smith 11, MyCole Pruitt 7, Anthony Firkser 6. It was Smith who came out with the most targets (4) while scoring a touchdown. We still can’t ignore the fact that he’s seen just six targets over the last three weeks combined and that his 11 routes run ranked outside the top 40 tight ends last week. The Texans hadn’t been a team to target with tight ends, though last week’s performance may make some question that, as they allowed the duo of Noah Fant and Jeff Heuerman to combine for 5/121/2 on just five targets. Prior to that, they’d allowed just three tight ends to hit double-digit PPR points. You can’t trust Smith based on a touchdown he caught last week; there’s just not enough to justify starting him here.

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