Evan Engram and Austin Hooper remain the main concerns of TE injuries in the fantasy playoffs, but further down the ranking of closed wing, the possible returns of Gerald Everett and David Njoku could also alter things. We have the latest updates on these four TEs below.
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WEEK 14 RANKINGS NO PPR:
Field Marshal | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Evan Engram injury update
Engram (foot) has not played or practiced since he was injured in Week 9. In his absence (along with the absence of concussion from Rhett Ellison), rookie Kaden Smith has caught 11 passes in total in the last two weeks.
Since the Giants don't play until Monday night, Smith is probably an essential insurance policy for Engram owners (or Dallas Goedert on the other side of the showdown if available). Engram's state of practice on Friday and Saturday will be more revealing about his chances of playing Monday night.
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Austin Hooper injury news
Hooper (knee) returned to the driving range on Monday, and the Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn said it was a good start. "After missing the last three games due to injury, Hooper will have the opportunity to play Sunday against the Panthers.
Hooper's return places him again in the top 10 of TEs as a mandatory start with the fantasy playoffs underway. If you are in the driving range all week, there will be nothing to worry about with the veteran tight end.
WEEK 14 PPR CLASSIFICATIONS: Running | Wide receiver | Hard end
Injury of Gerald Everett, perspective of Tyler Higbee
Everett dealt with knee and wrist injuries at weeks 11 and 12, potentially a part of the reason why Higbee seemed to recover the initial job. Then, the knee injury kept Everett out for Week 13 against the Cardinals, and Higbee exploded for his 107 yards in the first half. Rams head coach Sean McVay said Monday That Everett is day to day.
Much of Higbee's production can be attributed to the Arizona confrontation. The opponent of the 14th week Seattle does not defend the tight end well, but it is not as bad as Arizona. Higbee is out of our initial closed wing level this week but in the top 20, so it's at stake if you're desperate. A return of Everett would only cloud the waters and not make both seem desirable options.
When David Njoku leaves IR?
Njoku (doll) said before week 13 that he is Ready to go, but the Browns didn't activate it from IR. Assuming things don't progress in the wrong direction, you would think that Njoku will be activated for a Week 14 showdown with the Bengals.
Cleveland plays against Arizona in week 15, which makes Njoku a great complement and hiding place for the moment, even if week 14 is still lost. And if he plays against the Bengals, he is a limit fantasy initiator with the greatest part of the risk that comes from us without knowing if he would be immediately involved in the offensive.