TE: Isaiah Likely, Baltimore Ravens
Shockingly, Isaiah Likely has been the better fantasy football asset compared to All-Pro tight end Mark Andrews since the Ravens lost the latter to a season-ending ankle injury.
In the three games since Andrews suffered the injury that thrust Isaiah Likely into the Ravens’ starting tight end role, he’s seen at least six targets in each game, which he has converted into at least four receptions and 40 yards in all three contests. Over the past two games, Likely has caught exactly five passes, had at least 70 receiving yards, and scored a touchdown in each game. In other words, Likely has become a reliable and trustworthy option for MVP candidate Lamar Jackson as a seam-stretching tight end.
In Week 16, the Ravens will travel to Santa Clara, California to face a 49ers defense that just surrendered 10 receptions and 102 yards to Cardinals tight end Trey McBride. Likely being attached to an elite quarterback/offense paired with his combination of floor and ceiling make against a defensive unit that allowed a monster performance to an opposing tight end makes him a viable option in all formats. Likely has the chance to be a saving grace for fantasy managers in Week 16.