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12 Formation: Week 16 Starts/Sits Tight Ends

It is Championship Week and @dynastydadmike has the Starts and the Sits to help you bring home the ship!

Hello Nerds! The DynastyNerds writers are here once again to provide you with your weekly starts and sits. We will be making our recommendations based on weekly consensus rankings from FantasyPros. Here are the cast and the position groups they will be covering to help you win your week. Follow us, friend us, stalk us, whatever floats your boat!

  • QB: Mike Liu (@MikeMeUpP)
  • RB: Erik Kortz (@ekballer)
  • WR: Tristan Cook (@tristancook_)
  • TE: Mychal Warno (@dynastydadmike)
  • FLEX: Tyler Grzegorek (@tyler_grez)

It’s Championship week baybee! Congrats on making it to the finals. I will be playing in the finals in my home dynasty league but that will be my only finals appearance this year. Anyways, no one cares about my fantasy team, let’s recap! My starts included David Njoku who ended up not playing (this is why I give the disclaimer below), Ian Thomas (4.3), Tyler Higbee 23.1 who finished as TE3 on the week. My sits: Jason Witten 13.6, Hayden Hurst 2.9 and Darren Fells 1.2. Overall another solid week and with that said let’s get to the starts and sits to help you bring home a championship!

Keep in mind this article publishes on Wednesdays or Thursdays so please keep up to date with the injury report and make sure players don’t show up on the report after the article is published. Also, please be sure to follow me on twitter as well where I will update an injury or something else relevant to my starts and sits.  



Yep, you guessed it. Hollister gets the Arizona Cardinals who are fresh off a two-touchdown performance to Ricky Seals-Jones. Arizona still leads the league fantasy points (allowing nearly 20 fantasy points per game), touchdowns, and receiving yardage allowed to the position. On top of all that, the last time Arizona faced Seattle they allowed 18.7 points to Seahawk tight ends. Hollister is firmly a TE1 in your championship week.

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It is no secret that the Philadelphia offense is lacking weapons with Desean Jackson, Alshon Jeffrey, and Nelson Agholor all sidelined with different injuries. Goedert has seen at least 6 targets in each of his last 5 games and now gets the Dallas Cowboys who have allowed at least 16 points to the tight end position over the past two weeks. Dallas allows the 6th most points to the position and allowed just under 15 points to Goedert in their last meeting. I like Goedert as a low-end TE1 in your finals matchup.

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I understand the hesitation in using Howard in your fantasy championship so if you have a better option, I couldn’t argue against it. However, if you need an option Howard jumps off the screen as someone you could use. Tampa has lost stud wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin in back to back weeks leaving a starting wide receiver core of Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson. Over the past 5 weeks, the Texans have allowed the second-most points to the position (18.4) including an average of 26 points over the past two games. The only team worse is the Cardinals and we all know how awful they defend the tight end. We know Jameis is going to throw the ball a ton so why not Howard?



In a lost season for the Carolina Panthers where it appears nothing has been going right, surprisingly Carolina plays the tight end position very well. Carolina ranks 2nd in fewest points allowed to the position and has only allowed one double-digit performance over their past 7 matchups. Doyle has only one double-digit performance over his last 4 weeks and has seen fewer targets with TY Hilton returning. With Jacoby Brissett’s recent struggles moving the ball offensively, I can’t trust Doyle as a start.

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It almost seems wrong to say to bench someone named Rudolph this close to Christmas but that’s exactly what you need to do if you want to enjoy a Christmas championship. Minnesota has Adam Thielen back which takes away the fantasy appeal Rudolph has had in Thielen’s absence. The last time Rudolph played the Packers he was held to under 4 fantasy points. Look for a different option than Rudolph.


As odd as this sounds, Witten has turned into a touchdown-dependent play. Witten has caught a touchdown in 2 of his past three games but now will face Philadelphia Eagles who have allowed just 4 touchdowns to the position all season. The Eagle defense ranks 5th in fewest points allowed to the position and over the past 4 weeks, they have allowed only 1 double-digit performance.

I hope you have enjoyed these weekly articles and thank you, everyone, for allowing me to be a part of your fantasy football season. I will have some offseason pieces regarding some lesser-known players you should stash for your 2020 season. As always you can hit me up on twitter @dynastydadmike. I love to talk football and always love to interact with the fantasy football community. I also love to answer your other start/sit questions. Good luck with your fantasy football championships. Also, make sure you subscribe to the Nerd Herd where for 3 bucks a month, you get exclusive content, dynasty/rookie rankings, buy/sell tool, and a bonus podcast by @dynastyrich, @dynastyprice, and @dynastymatt. @Dynastynerds also launched college game tape of upcoming draft prospects which is huge in assisting you in your rookie drafts which can only be accessed if you are nerd herd member. Go check it out. God Bless!

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