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Kyle Yates’s Top-20 Tight End Rankings (2021 Fantasy Football)

Jul 29, 2021
T.J. Hockenson

Kyle Yates is back with his top-20 tight end rankings to help you prepare for your fantasy football season.

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T.J. Hockenson (DET)
Is Hockenson incredibly talented? Yes. Is there a case to be made that he can lead this Lions offense in targets? Absolutely. However, the expectations for Hockenson right now are sky high and it’s hard to see how he returns value. The scoring opportunities are going to be essentially non-existent for this team and we could see them at the bottom of the league in overall plays ran. Hockenson can soak up targets this season, but if he doesn’t score plenty of touchdowns, he’s going to disappoint fantasy managers that drafted him as a top-5 TE. He’s being drafted at his absolute ceiling right now and that’s something I simply can’t get on board with, unfortunately. I’m avoiding Hockenson this season if his ADP remains around where it is right now.

Robert Tonyan (GB)
Tonyan was a true league winner last season with his emergence off of the waiver wire. He posted an absurd 88% catch rate and reeled in 11 receiving touchdowns! If Rodgers is still the starting QB for Green Bay this upcoming season, Tonyan’s going to be a steal in every fantasy draft he’s selected. We cannot expect that high of a catch rate again and we’re likely to see his touchdown rate come back to average, but he’s got as good of a shot as anyone of returning value week after week. We know he’s got the chemistry with Rodgers to make it happen.

Austin Hooper (CLE)
Hooper was hyped up as someone that could potentially be a top-5 TE last season, but he fell well short of expectations and only finished as the TE21. While missing three games was certainly a large reason for that, Hooper simply wasn’t involved in this Cleveland offense enough to warrant weekly consideration. For 2021, it’s probably best to view Hooper as a low-end streaming option versus a locked-in weekly starter. My Very Early Projection: 51-521-5 receiving.

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