Two of the best tight ends in football are question marks in our Week 13 tight end rankings. Evan Engram and Austin Hooper have both missed multiple weeks and might not play in Week 13, either. Their absences don’t necessarily create direct openings, but they force fantasy owners to adjust their start ’em, sit ’em the final week before most fantasy playoffs get underway.
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Evan Engram injury update
Engram was ruled out on Friday for Week 12’s game against the Bears due to his foot injury. We’ll probably have to see a return to the practice field this week for Engram before he makes a return to game action, but there hasn’t yet been an update to his status provided by the Giants.
The Giants take on a TE-friendly foe in Week 13, as the Packers travel to take on New York at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. Engram’s an easy fantasy start if he’s healthy. If not, Rhett Ellison’s return from a concussion would be the next storyline to watch. If both are out, youngster Kaden Smith would start after playing all but one snap in Week 12. Ellison or Smith would both make good DFS tournament dart throws if Engram is out.
Is Austin Hooper playing Thanksgiving?
The Falcons’ estimated injury report Monday listed Hooper as a ‘Did Not Participate.’ That doesn’t bode well for his chances of playing on Thanksgiving night against the Saints. The long break after the Thursday game could be the time Hooper needs to get right.
(Update: Hooper did not practice Tuesday.)
If Hooper remains out, the Atlanta tight end tandem will remain Jaeden Graham and Luke Stocker, a pair that can be avoided in fantasy. The biggest beneficiary of a Hooper absence is probably slot receiver Russell Gage, who saw 10 targets in Week 12 and is a solid PPR play if Hooper is out on Thanksgiving.