Evan Engram Injury Update Opens Door for Positive Rhett Ellison Fantasy Outlook in Potential Week 16 Start

Colton Dodgson
Engram was added to injured reserve on Tuesday and will miss the final two games of the season.
Engram was added to injured reserve on Tuesday and will miss the final two games of the season. / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

There's been very few fantasy players that can match the level of disappointment surrounding Giants' tight end Evan Engram. According to Adam Schefter, the team placed him on IR Tuesday, ending his season just before fantasy championships.

In his third career season, the Ole Miss product appeared in just eight games, totaling 44 receptions for 467 yards and three touchdowns. He still had some notable performances, finishing as the TE11 with a career-high 8.2 fantasy points per game, according to FantasyData.com

Through Week 3, Engram was averaging 13.2 points per game.

Engram's shortened season opens the door for starter-level volume for Rhett Ellison upon his return from a concussion in Week 16. With starting-caliber options already at a premium for fantasy championships, Ellison's increased role could prove valuable.

Eli Manning has started the last two games for the Giants with Daniel Jones hampered by an ankle injury. With Manning under center, third-string tight end Kaden Smith saw an average of four targets per game.

While that only translated to 47 yards for the rookie, a proven veteran like Ellison might be able to do more in the starting role. He also gets a matchup with the Redskins' defense, a group allowing the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends.

If your tight end has a less-than-favorable matchup in Week 16, there are far worse options than Ellison for the fantasy championship.

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